TCC Completes Cybersecurity Transfer Pathway with OU Polytechnic Institute

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Tulsa Community College and the University of Oklahoma Polytechnic Institute at OU-Tulsa have established a transfer map to provide TCC students with a streamlined pathway to earn a bachelor’s degree in Cybersecurity.

The TCC and OUPI transfer pathway map consists of a semester-by-semester guide that shows students what classes are needed to complete an A.S. in Computer Information Systems at TCC, and the classes needed after transferring to OUPI to complete a bachelor’s degree in Cybersecurity. Following a transfer map affirms students are on-time and on-track for transfer and degree completion.

“We’ve worked extensively on this pathway to serve as a comprehensive map to a four-year Cybersecurity degree that students can start at TCC,” said Travis White, Ph.D., TCC’s dean of Business and Information Technology. “This map creates a seamless credit transfer process between TCC and OUPI and provides students with clear guidance on what specific credits they need to earn a bachelor’s degree. We thank OUPI for their collaborative efforts in ensuring students are transfer-ready for the next step in their education.”

OUPI is focused on high-demand, advanced, and applied technology-based education. OUPI prepares graduates to transform industries in Oklahoma by offering innovative programs meeting growing demands in cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, software development and integration, digital manufacturing, and health information systems.

“We are so grateful for our partnership with TCC and the completion of this first transfer map is part of a wonderful ongoing collaboration,” said Teri Reed, Ph.D., founding director of OUPI. “At OUPI we are a student-ready college so smoothing the way for students to transition from the computer information systems program at TCC into the OUPI cybersecurity bachelor’s is an important accomplishment.”

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the number of cybersecurity jobs to increase 32 percent in the next decade, much faster than the average for all occupations. A shift to remote work and the growth of e-commerce have created increased demand for enhanced security as cyberattacks become more frequent.

The first OUPI degree program, a bachelor’s completion degree in Cybersecurity, begins in Fall 2024.