Gov. Eric Holcomb, along with VIPs from Ivy Tech and the Indiana National Guard, cut a network cable Wednesday afternoon to officially open the Muscatatuck Cyber Academy near Butlerville. The academy fully immerses students in an accelerated associate degree program in which students complete a two-year degree in 11 months in the nation’s most exclusive and realistic cyber-physical training environment.
“This academy will continue to improve our state’s security, prosperity and competitive edge,” Holcomb said. “Building on Indiana’s global reputation as a growing tech hub, the Muscatatuck Cyber Academy is an important program to help us develop a 21st century skilled and ready workforce.”
Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann, Ivy Tech Columbus Campus Chancellor Dr. Steven Combs and Indiana National Guard Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Courtney P. Carr joined the governor during the opening ceremony.
“The nation requires a workforce that is relevant, agile and adaptable if it is to remain technically competitive in the global economy and successfully address the continually increasing emergent cyber threats from around the globe,” said Carr, who’s organization hosts the academy at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center.
Jay Carlisle, of Columbus, is an academy student and member of the military. He explained why the program, which sees a two-year program diluted to an intensive 11 month period, was attractive to him…
Officials say that 43 students, ranging in age from recent high-school graduate to 60, are taking part in this first academy.
Dr. Combs talks about his hopes for the academy over the next few years.
The students in the first cohort began their work last week.
For more information about the Muscatatuck Cyber Academy go to in.gov/igr/cyber-academy.htm.