Moraine Valley has the distinct honor of being among the first six community colleges nationwide that were recognized as a Center of Academic Excellence 2-Year (CAE2Y). This designation by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security, with the support of the National Science Foundation and Cyberwatch, means the college has a robust information assurance program that meets the national training standards.

Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance

Moraine Valley is home to the Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA). Established as the first comprehensive Information Technology Security and Data Assurance Center in the Midwest, CSSIA center collects, categorizes, adapts, enhances, standardizes and evaluates curriculum and offers training programs to community college and university faculty, secondary school faculty and students across the region.

CSSIA has the following goals:

  1. Develop and implement an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree and certificate in IT Security and Data Assurance.
  2. Develop and implement an IT Security and Data Assurance concentration within the Computer Science/Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree.
  3. Establish a system of interconnected security networks to provide instruction in IT Security and Data Assurance technologies.
  4. Conduct train the trainer (T-T-T) summer workshops and provide externship opportunities for faculty from regional community colleges and four-year institutions.
  5. Establish a multilevel-level internship program for students in IT Security and Data Assurance A.A.S. and B.S. degree programs.
  6. Develop and implement a comprehensive outreach and support program to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups in IT professions.


The college and the other CSSIA direct partners adopted an academic degree or certificate program in information assurance or network security. All of these institutions also have their faculty participate and develop workshops within their region. These workshops serve faculty, business leaders and community representatives. Many of these institutions also host student competitions, internships, and participate in an information assurance network of articulation. Along with Moraine Valley, the following institutions are direct partners in the operation of the CSSIA center:

University of Illinois-Springfield
Rock Valley College
Madison Area Technical Center
Inver Hills Community College
Indiana Tech
James A Rhodes State College
Owens Community College
Jackson Community College


CSSIA provides a multitude of shared curriculum. The center also provides guest speakers, subject matter experts, and access to our national business and industry leadership team.