Lt. Governor Brown Commends BRAC Curriculum at Capitol College
Brown presents $92,992 ceremonial check to establish Cyber Battle Lab
LAUREL, Md. (April 23, 2010) – Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown visited Capitol College in Laurel earlier today to tour the college’s new Cyber Battle Lab facilities, which are being developed with help from a $92,992 BRAC Higher Education Fund grant. Following the tour, Brown presented Capitol College President Michael T. Wood with a ceremonial check representing the state investment in the Cyber Battle Lab.
“In Maryland, BRAC means jobs. We have an obligation to the rest of the country to fill the jobs coming to Fort Meade, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Andrews Air Force Base and Bethesda. That obligation starts on campuses like Capitol College and that is why I am so proud that we have partnered with Dr. Wood and the entire Capitol College community to create the Cyber Battle Lab,” Lt. Governor Brown said. “This program will ensure that we have a capable, trained and skilled workforce pipeline to fill today’s jobs, as well as tomorrow’s.”
Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) will create as many as 60,000 new jobs across Maryland. Thousands of additional jobs will come to Maryland because of the announcement earlier this month that Fort Meade will house the national Cyber Command. To prepare for BRAC and the arrival of the Cyber Command, the O’Malley-Brown administration has invested in higher education and created the BRAC Higher Education Fund (Fund). The Fund awards grants to colleges and universities to develop new programs addressing BRAC-related workforce needs or to expand upon existing related programs at the recipient schools next year. All higher education institutions, including public, independent and community colleges, are eligible to apply for grants. To date, the state has awarded over $2.8 million to more than two dozen institutions across the state. The FY11 budget, which was approved by the General Assembly earlier this month, allocates an additional $865,000 for the program.
Capitol College received the single largest grant during FY10 for the establishment of the Cyber Battle Lab, which will provide intensive hands-on laboratory experiences to increase the information assurance knowledge of both undergraduate and graduate students. The lab will offer a secure learning environment and will allow students to detect and analyze simulated hacker attacks.
“We are honored to welcome Lt. Governor Brown to our campus,” said Capitol College President Michael T. Wood. “The BRAC grant and Cyber Battle Lab will put our college on the map as one of the best in information assurance education, and we want state leaders to be informed and included as part of the process. The Cyber Battle Lab will not only prepare our students for an evolving workforce, but can also raise the level of skill in the current information assurance workforce and set the standard for laboratory facilities in this critical industry.”
Lt. Governor Brown chairs the Governor’s BRAC Subcabinet and leads the administration’s efforts for higher education and economic development.