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By NDU iCollege Outreach Department

Mid-to-senior level managers in a federal agency, military unit, or private-sector organization may face critical decisions every day. They need to know how to manage information and IT security in a new, connected world. The question becomes how do you stay current and in touch with the global technology pulse? One way is through continued education.

At the National Defense University (NDU) iCollege in Washington, D.C., leaders will have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and to collaborate with government and industry peers to share information, discover solutions and become a 21st century information age leader.

Robert Childs, chancellor of the NDU iCollege, said, “graduate-level courses bring leaders together to work on shared issues, information and strategies. The students are in an environment that encourages new ways of developing critical thinking skills and handling shared challenges.”

The NDU iCollege prepares leaders to direct the information component of national power by leveraging information and technology for strategic advantage. The college offers 11 graduate certificate programs including Cyber Security and Chief Information Officer, a 39-credit Government Information Leadership (GIL) Master of Science Degree, and a twice/year cohort Advanced Management Program(AMP). Courses are available at the NDU campus or through online Distributed Learning (DL).

Applications are now being accepted for the fall 2012 AMP and for the ongoing GIL master’s degree program. Students may also enroll in the college’s certificate programs or in separate courses at any time.

Nearly 40 academic partner universities across the U.S. accept 9-to-15 graduate credits for iCollege certificate programs into selected master’s and doctoral degree programs at their schools.

Opening in early 2012, the CI Center (aka “Classroom of the Future Workplace”), is designed for unlimited creativity, collaboration, innovation and exploration. The educational facility features the latest emerging technologies. Paulette Robinson, associate dean for Teaching, Technology and Learning, said, “The CI Center will enable us to experiment with pedagogies, and combine virtual worlds, telepresense and new technologies.” She added, “The use of technology and visual tools will encourage interaction, collaboration, and will get people engaged. There will also be fewer geographic restrictions for people to communicate with each other across boundaries and time lines.”

Additionally, over the last 20 years, the NDU iCollege has instituted several learning laboratories focused on Attack and Defend, Cyber Security, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), Crisis Management, Virtualization, Biometrics and more. The rich lab experience is hands on and has been integrated into several of the college’s courses. Professor Gilliam Duvall, chair, Information Operations and Assurance Department said, “Students see and experience multi-dimensional models on cyber and information operations. The examples drive them to think in a new and different way. We show them how cyber, social media, and how protecting their information is critical to their enterprises. What they learn here, they take with them … and they can apply the lessons learned in their jobs.”

For more information about the NDU iCollege’s programs, please contact: The Office of Student Services at: iCollegeOSS@ndu.edu or visit the college website at: www.ndu.edu/icollege.