Methodist University Partners with FTCC for Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity Program

Methodist University President Dr. Ben Hancock and Fayetteville Technical Community College President Dr. J. Larry Keen have formally signed an agreement that will allow a seamless transfer process for students interested in cyber and information security.

Under the agreement, FTCC students who receive their Associate in Applied Science in Information Systems Security (ISS) will now be fully qualified to enter into MU’s Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity (DFCS) Program, which offers a Bachelor of Science degree. In order for their ISS coursework to transfer, FTCC students must have received a C or better grade in those classes.

“We’re very excited for all of the positive things that will come from this agreement,” Hancock said. “For some students, this will be the best fit, to start out their careers with FTCC and then come to Methodist.”

Hancock said he is hopeful this agreement will lead to more collaborations in the future.

“It is gratifying to continue our work with Methodist University in another program of study that leads to a fruitful and important work,” Keen said. “Our students have multiple pathways from which to choose, and it is always wonderful when one of those pathways is to Methodist University and its outstanding program array.”

The DFCS Program is a brand new major at Methodist, which will begin in Fall 2015. The program, which was previously only offered as a minor, provides hands-on experience with network security and electronic evidence collection. Students who complete the program will be qualified to enter private and public sector occupations focused on preventing, detecting, investigating, and gathering digital evidence of crime.