Cybersecurity student wins big on the national stage

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Cybersecurity student Andrew Collings recently placed in the top 75 a nationwide three-day cybersecurity competition, National Cyber League, against nearly 5,000 university and community college students.  He also placed second nationwide in the Open Source Intelligence section and eighth in the Cryptography section.


What drew you to PVCC’s Cybersecurity program? Honestly convenience - I was planning to get an engineering degree, but the classes didn't fit with my work schedule. I've always had an interest in technology and knew Cybersecurity was a growing field so I figured I'd give it a shot.

You recently competed in a national three-day cybersecurity competition. Can you tell us about the experience? It was incredibly challenging but a ton of fun. They provided a series of scenarios that tested everything I'd learned in class as well as some that I was totally lost on. It took a lot of persistence, some patience, and a good bit of research but I learned a lot.

What do you hope to do after PVCC? My initial goal was to transition from sales to IT, but I actually started as an IT specialist last month thanks to another student I met in the program. I plan to continue working on industry certifications and would like to do Cybersecurity as a Department of Defense contractor.

Learn more about PVCC's Cybersecurity Program.