Grant Activities

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Below are the activities of our community college partners. Please check back regularly for new events and activities that might interest you or someone you know!

Lead Organization (IUP)

As the Lead Organization, IUP is responsible for managing all grant activities, providing support to partners, and offering hands-on learning opportunities, soft skills enhancement, and faculty development.  Below is a brief summary of IUP's ongoing activities:

  • Creation and management of the PC4A web portal.
  • Secured IRB approval at IUP for the collection of project's data.
  • Obtained a partnership with CompTIA, a nationally recognized certifying agency for IT professionals.
  • Offered the fifteenth annual Cybersecurity Day, a public event featuring security experts. Visit the Cybersecurity Day page for more information.
  • Ongoing evaluation of multiple learning platforms (ACI, TestOut, MindTap, Navigate 2, etc.) for hands-on and virtual lab offerings.
  • Ongoing collaboration with local K-12 schools (Indiana Area SD, River Valley SD, and others).
  • Creation of PC4A Social Media Accounts.
  • Creation of Reporting Templates to assist partners with reporting requirements.
  • Partnered with the IUP Writing Center to offer tutoring services to PC4A Partners.
    • All partners were surveyed to determine the most important soft skills for their students.
  • Assisted all PC4A Community College partners in completing and finalizing Scope of Works for sub-award approval.
  • Collection of Baseline Data from all CC partners to establish a baseline in the areas of enrollment, graduation, certification, and employment among others.
  • The PI participated in a panel discussion with the PA Labor and Industry Secretary to discuss workforce development in STEM and Cybersecurity

Upcoming/Recent Partner Activities

Bucks County Community College

  • Coming Soon!

Butler County Community College

  • CompTIA Security+ Certification Prep Bootcamp - May 1, 2023

Montgomery County Community College

  • CCNA Certification Prep Bootcamp - February 2023
  • CompTIA A+ Certification Prep Bootcamp - February 2023
  • CompTIA Security+ Certification Prep Bootcamp - February 2023
  • Student Campus Visit - March 2023

Northampton County Community College

  • Science Olympiad - March 3, 2023

Penn Highlands Community College

  • Cybersecurity Community Event - March 25, 2023
  • CompTIA Security+ Certification Prep Bootcamp - Coming soon!
  • CompTIA Linux+ Certification Prep Bootcamp - Coming soon!

Westmoreland County Community College

  • Cybersecurity Camp - Summer 2023
  • Coding Camp - Summer 2023


If you have any questions, please contact the grant principle investigator or project manager:

Dr. Waleed Farag
Director, IUP Institute for Cybersecurity and Professor of Computer Science

Lydia Taylor
PC4A Project Manager

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