SPCC students to take aim at cyber crimes, agribusiness

MONROE – Students at South Piedmont Community College will see two vastly different new options on their course list this fall.

The school, which has a campus in Monroe in addition to Polkton, will offer degrees in cyber crime technology and agribusiness technology starting this year. Classes officially begin Monday, Aug. 18.

The cyber crime technology course of study is the newest addition to SPCC’s Cyber Forensics Training department, which already included certifications in computer information technology – cyber forensics and criminal justice technology – forensics. The program, using a mix of computer information technology and criminal justice classes, will train graduates to be able to investigate computer crimes as well as aid in the prosecution of those crimes. 

The program will allow students to “enter the field of computer crime investigation, properly seize and recover computer evidence and (provide) private security,” said Dr. Maria Lander, SPCC’s dean of applied science and technology. “We researched and found there was a need and there was a community interest.”

SPCC received a grant from the National Science Foundation to promote the program, which Lander said will play an important role in public safety in the years to come.

“This is a field with a future need for people in this background,” she said. “A lot of crimes right now that are committed have a digital portion to them.” 

Students more interested in managing a profitable farm or agricultural business may be more inclined to enroll in the agribusiness technology program, Lander said. The program is aimed toward helping students gain employment in a variety of agricultural fields such as selling agriculture equipment, feed and supplies; managing an agricultural company; operating a farm; produce management; environmental and agricultural education; and nursery operations.

The need for agribusiness and food production is growing, Lander said, in part due to the increased popularity in locally grown food. 

Both new programs will incorporate practical applications as well as classroom work with labs and lectures. No prerequisites are required for the two programs, although students will have to take a placement test and may be required to take additional math or English courses. 

Find more information at www.spcc.edu. The school’s Monroe campus is located at 4209 Old Charlotte Hwy.

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