Grambling State is one step closer to offering cybersecurity degree

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GRAMBLING, La, (KNOE) - Grambling is on the verge of becoming the only university in Louisiana to offer an undergraduate cybersecurity degree.

Justin Garrett says he's excited for the new cybersecurity degree coming to Grambling.

"I'm kind of happy that we're getting more programs into Grambling and we're vamping out on more opportunities for kids to get internships and different jobs and careers," said Garrett.

Garrett is a junior majoring in computer science and wants to minor in cybersecurity.

"It's different,” Garrett said. β€œIt makes you think and some people can't have that patience to figure out a code. How to do this. How to do that. I have that patience. I like a challenge."

Under the program, students will learn how to protect computers, networks, programs, and data from being hacked.

President Rick Gallot says the demand is high for cybersecurity jobs.

"With cyber security, those are jobs that start at 80 thousand and up and to be able to produce graduates in this growing field is something that we're really excited about and looking forward to," Gallot said.

Back in December, the Louisiana Board of Regents gave the school the okay to move forward with plans to establish the degree.

The school is now in its final stages of making it a reality.

"We are now in the final stages of completion of the curriculum and the other program components that we will have to get approval from those two bodies again,” Gallot said.

Zainab Raji says she has been waiting for this for a while and if she wasn't graduating, she would have changed her major.

"If you're a computer science major, I encourage you to either change to cybersecurity major or minor in it because you don't know to use it right now, but it's really useful. We've had so many seminars, people coming in to talk about it and I've seen the benefits," Raji said.

Gallot says he hopes to have the program up and running by next fall.