The role of community colleges in preparing students for cybersecurity jobs is changing. We must focus anew on workforce development and on the NICE Job Roles. We must learn to protect against cybersecurity vulnerabilities of new technologies, such as drones and autonomous vehicles. We need evidence-based measures of program effectiveness. We need new programs, program components, courses, labs, practices, and methods of instruction.


3CS is the only national academic conference

focused on cybersecurity education at community colleges.



The 2021 Community College Cyber Summit (3CS) at Sinclair Community College in Dayton marks the eighth annual edition of 3CS. Previous Summits took place at Moraine Valley Community College near Chicago (2014), College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas (2015), Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh (2016), Prince George's Community College in Maryland (2017), Mt. Hood Community College in Oregon (2018) and Bossier Parish Community College in Louisiana (2019), and virtually (2020). 


3CS is organized and produced by the National CyberWatch Center, National Resource Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA), and National Cybersecurity Training & Education Center (NCyTE),  which are all funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The outcomes of 3CS leverage community college cybersecurity programs across the nation by introducing the latest technologies, best practices, curricula, products, and more.


Who should attend?

  • Employers and Hiring Managers who need to recruit, hire, develop, and retain a skilled cybersecurity workforce

  • Educators from K12 Schools, Community Colleges, 4 Year Colleges, and Universities

  • Beginners and aspiring professionals desiring to enter the cyber workforce

  • Providers of training content and learning environments

  • Suppliers of industry-recognized certifications in cybersecurity

  • Managers of workforce development programs

  • Organizers of community economic development initiatives

  • Developers of innovative products and services that enable developing a skilled workforce

  • Policymakers from local, state, federal, and international government


Contact information:


Dr. Bob Spear

3CS Chair



Dr. Vera Zdravkovich

Job Fair and Employers


Fran Melvin



Nelly Group, LLC



Casey W. O'Brien



Chris Rondeau

Proposals and Program




2021 3CS Sponsors :

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2019 3CS Federal Partners: