GSU student is first person in Louisiana to earn Bachelor’s Degree in Cybersecurity

Alexis White has an internship with the Clinton Global Initiative University.
Alexis White has an internship with the Clinton Global Initiative University.(KNOE)
Published: Apr. 2, 2021 at 5:22 PM CDT
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GRAMBLING, La. (KNOE) - A Grambling State University student is making history by becoming the first person in the state of Louisiana to graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Cybersecurity.

Alexis White is putting her degree to good use. She’s on her way to an internship at the Clinton Global Initiative University, which encourages students to take action on world issues, but it almost didn’t happen. The day she was set to interview, her grandmother became ill. Alexis almost canceled but decided against it so she could get the internship and surprise her grandma with the good news.

“So, the next day she actually passed away. So I didn’t get a chance to tell her but she knew what I was doing, and so after that, I got the email saying that I had gotten the position, the cybersecurity position with governance, risk, and compliance. So just to say, I am so happy that I was able to get that position and to make my family proud,” White said.

She’s also making Grambling proud. Her professor says it’s amazing that she graduated from the cybersecurity program within two years.

“Even though she transferred to this department, she worked hard and had internships in a lot of other places. She participated in many programs and actually took many of my classes. So, she’s graduating, I think we are proud of her for being the first graduate,” said Dr. Yenumula Reddy, Cybersecurity Professor at GSU.

During her internship, White and her partner plan to focus on COVID-19 in Louisiana and eventually partner with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention using computers for research to mitigate possible future outbreaks.

“So we decided to implement a risk management plan to kind of address some of the needs that North Louisiana area might have needed or could have used at the time. Just in case some other infectious disease pops up, we want to be able to mitigate that issue fairly quickly,” said White.

White says she wants to encourage others to reach for stars, saying you can do anything you put your mind to... one keystroke at a time.

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