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Green River IT program makes history, places third in regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition

After only six weeks of preparation, Green River Community College's Information Technology program finished third in the March 22-23 Pacific Rim Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.

Green River's finish marked the first time in history that a community college has made the top five finalists. This was the first time the college competed. An annual regional competition since 2007, the PRCCDC is open to two- and four-year colleges and universities from Washington, Oregon and Idaho. The winning team from the regional competition qualifies for the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.

During the two-day competition, 12 student teams were tested against worst case scenarios while simultaneously being attacked by 'hackers," who spend the weekend trying to compromise the teams' systems as best they can. The hackers consist of trained professionals from the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, Central Intelligence Agency and the National Guard.

"Each student on our team really excelled during the competition and credited the success to their education and training," said Green River IT Program Manager Sheila Capps. "Our IT faculty challenges their students to think critically, learn more each quarter and always look for ways to apply their knowledge and these skills shone thru at the competition."

The primary objective of the competition is to provide students with real-world challenges in cyber security and information assurance experience while working under pressure in a competitive environment. The experience gained is not replicated in a typical classroom, making students better trained and prepared when they graduate. The Green River 'Gators' team consisted of students James Morris, Logan Hoerth, Quincy Wanzala, Nickolas Anderson, Mustafa Zaki, Brandon Degarimore, second captain Oliver Karr and captain Duong (Ruby) Carrasco. Krish Mahadevan, IT faculty at Green River, acted as faculty advisor. Oliver Karr commented, 'We've only just started, and look how well we did.

Next year we're going to win and go on to nationals!"

Green River's IT program is growing to meet the high demand in technology. It currently offers Associate of Applied Science degrees in Networking, Systems and Mobile Application Development.

In January 2014, Green River began offering a Bachelors of Applied Science degree in Network Administration and Security and plans to add one additional BAS degree in Software Development in fall of 2014.

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About Green River Community College

Green River Community College is a public two-year college with campuses in Auburn, Kent and Enumclaw, Washington. Since 1965, Green River offers nearly 11,000 students a wide variety of programs and classes in state-of-the-art facilities. Students can choose from transfer and professional-technical degrees, pre-college and basic skills courses and continuing education classes to further their personal and professional education. For more information, visit greenriver.edu.