Cybersecurity Center

Our Cybersecurity Center showcases a variety of cybersecurity-related programs and resources available to students and faculty.

On August 28, 2018, the College received notification that is officially designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD). This program recognizes collegiate institutions which have met their standards of excellence in Cyber Defense education.

The institutional award was established by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Get involved – join the ICS Hui!

The ICS Hui is an active student club, with great hands-on activities, career events and intriguing games and challenges!

ICS Hui students at event

Programs and Resources


The core Cyber Defense program at Leeward CC is in the Information and Computer Science program (ICS). Embedded in this program is a Certificate of Achievement (CA) in Information Security and Certificate of Competence (CO) in Information Security. Both the CA and CO in Cyber Security are built on the knowledge unit requirements for a collegiate institution to be recognized as a CAE-CD. The program also features support for the following industry recognized certifications: A+, Network+, Security+, PenTest+, and Linux+.

In addition, our ICS program has an articulation agreement with the University of Hawai‘i at West O‘ahu (UHWO). Once Leeward CC ICS students receive their AS in ICS they can transfer to UHWO and complete the Bachelors of Applied Science in both IT and Information Security Assurance.

The ICS Program also has an articulation agreement with the UH Maui ABIT program.

The Associate in Science in Information and Computer Science with the Information Security Specialist Specialization is a National Security Agency Validated Program of Study.

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Program Pathway (by semester)

Semester 1:

  • ICS 101, ICS 110P or ICS 110M, ICS 170, ICS 184, MATH 103 or ICS 141

Semester 2:

  • ENG 100, ICS 111, ICS 171, ICS 231, ICS 125 or ICS 131

Semester 3:

  • ENG 209 or ENG 225, SP 151 or SP 251, ICS 129, ICS 215

Semester 4:

  • ICS 215, FG Course, DS Course, ICS 270, , ICS 281, ICS 282

Pacific Center for Advanced Technology Training (PCATT)

The non-credit, continuing education course offerings at Leeward CC are supported by the UHCC systemwide Pacific Center for Advanced Technology Training (PCATT). PCATT offers an extensive selection of Cybersecurity related courses for industry professionals looking to upgrade their skills or learn new skills. Cybersecurity related courses offered include, Security+, CISSP, CEH, CCNA Security, MCSE and much more. PCATT also offers customized training to meet the needs of your organization.

Community Resources

Hands-on Learning Resources

The ICS program provides students with an extensive amount of hands-on training. Courses are held in the classrooms that are supported and maintained by the campus. The classrooms provide students with computers and technical resources where the student gains experience programming computer applications, web applications, configuring and managing virtual systems and networking equipment such as routers, switches and firewalls.

The ICS Program runs a datacenter which provides a virtual desktop infrastructure which is used to support the hands-on portion of various ICS courses.

ICS Advisory Board

Ryan Doi
Prince Resorts Hawaii

Frank Duckart

Selina Eshleman
Prince Resorts Hawaii

Aaron Kagawa

Michael Hodges

Brandon Lester

Randal Pacheco

Minh Pham
Intelligence Analysis Associate Authority

Julio Polo

Wes Ramos
Bank of Hawaii

Steve Sakata
eWorld Enterprise Solutions

Andrew Schworer

Jim Takatsuka

J. Toth

Contact Us

Petersen Gross
CAE-CD Point of Contact

Edward Meyer
CAE-CD Alternate Point of Contact

Michael Bauer
Program Coordinator
GT 207

(808) 455-0310

Amy Amper
Program Counselor
GT 113 B

(808) 455-0235

William Albritton

Dr. Blanca Polo

Alejandro Ramos