RVCC Partners With Dartmouth
River Valley Community College (RVCC), in Claremont, NH is working with Dartmouth College to develop job training programs in cybersecurity aimed at the health care industry.
Electronic health records (EHRs) promise streamlined record keeping, health care cost containment, and quality and continuity of medical treatment as a patient moves from one provider setting to another. But public concerns over privacy and security are creating the need for new technicians with specialized expertise.
River Valley Community College and Dartmouth College will work together to help provide the advanced training needed to produce a local workforce with the skills and knowledge to install, operate, secure, and maintain systems in support of EHR implementation.
The collaborative educational project, “Program Development in Cybersecurity with Focus on Business and Healthcare Concepts,” is being funded with $400,000 from the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program. The project’s goal is to produce well-qualified science and engineering technicians for advanced technological fields, as well as to train effective teachers for these subjects at the undergraduate level.
River Valley Community College, the lead institution on the project, will use the grant to develop an Information Assurance Associate of Science degree and an Information Assurance certificate with a specialized focus on the needs of the health care industry. The curriculum will eventually extend to other colleges in the Community College System of New Hampshire.
Dartmouth’s part in this joint effort will be led by the College’s Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P), a consortium it manages that is made up of leading universities, national laboratories, and nonprofit institutions dedicated to strengthening U.S. cyber infrastructure. Dartmouth will provide support to the ATE project through the expertise of I3P member institutions by integrating content in information assurance and business skills into RVCC’s technician level training.
Steve Budd, president of RVCC, said “This project represents a model of collaboration where knowledge transfer from major research universities becomes cutting edge curricula for educating technicians and technologists.”