Pfeiffer Joins Roundtable Discussion with National Cyber Director - Wayne Community College | Goldsboro, NC

Pfeiffer Joins Roundtable Discussion with National Cyber Director

March 25, 2024

Wayne Community College President Patty Pfeiffer recently participated in a roundtable discussion on the cyber workforce with National Cyber Director Harry Coker, Jr.

Held at Fayetteville Technical Community College and cohosted by the Carolina Cyber Network, the event allowed Coker to meet with students, educators, employers, veterans, military-connected families, and local leaders to learn about growing the nation’s cyber workforce.

Pfeiffer, along with other community college presidents, attended the roundtable discussion with National Cyber Director Harry Coker, Jr.

Coker spoke to those in attendance about the reliance on technology that the world is experiencing today. “With this connectivity comes the threat of attack on that digital foundation. There’s a lot we need to do—and are doing— to better protect our nation and its critical infrastructure in cyberspace,” said Coker.

In North Carolina, there are over 18,000 open jobs in cybersecurity, according to Coker. “And, from what I’ve seen today, I can confidently say that North Carolina has the talent and the desire to serve. We must ensure that more of you have the training, encouragement, and pathway to these jobs,” he said.

Last fall, the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security designated WCC as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense for its Cybersecurity program. As part of the Carolina Cyber Network, WCC partners with other two- and four-year colleges to share resources and best practices in the cybersecurity field.

Pictured from left to right are Deputy Director of the Office of Personnel Management Rob Shriver, Pfeiffer, and Coker.

“I was honored to meet Director Coker and share with him the important role Wayne Community College plays in meeting the demand for cybersecurity professions,” said Pfeiffer. “In addition, I addressed the needs colleges have to ensure the sustainability of our programs.”

About Wayne Community College
Wayne Community College is a public, learning-centered institution with an open-door admission policy located in Goldsboro, N.C. As it works to develop a highly skilled and competitive workforce, the college serves around 10,000 individuals annually as well as businesses, industry, and community organizations with high quality, affordable, accessible learning opportunities, including more than 150 college credit programs. WCC’s mission is to meet the educational, training, and cultural needs of the communities it serves.