TSTC Cybersecurity Center

Cybersecurity is our shared responsibility and we all must work together to improve our Nation’s cybersecurity. – DHS 

Texas State Technical College
Cybersecurity Program

The Cybersecurity program at TSTC prepares students for a variety of entry-level careers in the field with practical, hands-on training. Students are trained to use cyber security tools, analyze, security events, and implement security measures that protect computer systems against unauthorized access, modifications and destruction.  The Cybersecurity program offers an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Cybersecurity, an Advanced Technical Certificate (ATC) in Digital Forensics, and 2 Certificates of Completion. the program's emphasis is critical/analytical thinking and problem-solving skills in a hands-on lab environment. Learn More About Degree Plans 

The Texas State Technical College (TSTC) Cybersecurity Associate of Applied Science program (AAS) is designated as a National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (NCAE-C)
for Cyber Defense (CAE-CD)

The National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (NCAE-C) program is managed by NSA's National Cryptologic School. Federal partners include the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)/National Initiative on Cybersecurity Education (NICE), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Defense Office of the Chief Information Officer (DoD-CIO), and U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM).

TSTC Legislative Mission Statement

The Texas State Technical College System mission is defined by the Texas State Legislature and published in Vernon’s Texas Education Code Section 135.01: Texas State Technical College System is a coeducational two-year institution of higher education offering courses of study in technical vocational education for which there is demand within the State of Texas. Texas State Technical College System shall contribute to the educational and economic development of the State of Texas by offering occupationally oriented programs with supporting academic course work, emphasizing highly specialized advanced and emerging technical and vocational areas for certificates or associate degrees. 

TSTC's legislatively mandated mission makes the College unlike the rest of the two-year colleges in Texas. Where their focus is academic transferability, TSTC’s focus is workforce employability. TSTC is the only college in Texas that operates on a 100% outcomes-based funding formula. With its “Returned-Value Funding Formula,” the College is not funded on contact hours, but rather on the employment outcomes realized by students.