For more information on Cybersecurity, visit the Cybersecurity website.

The cybersecurity degree is designed for individuals who seek employment in cybersecurity related fields. The program is designed for those who are new in the cybersecurity field or seek skills improvement to a current IT skillset. The program meets the requirements for the NSA/DHS Center of Academic Excellence— Two Year designation.

Student Spotlight

Trevor Riley-Jewell

Before he started studying at Laurel Ridge in 2016, Trevor Riley-Jewell was making $9.25 an hour and struggling to pay his bills. Today, he is working in cybersecurity and pulling in a salary that is “up into the six figures” as a cybersecurity engineer.

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Harvey Ruth

Alaska-raised Harvey Ruth was living in Tennessee when he decided to move to Virginia so he could study cybersecurity at Laurel Ridge in the summer of 2016.

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Kelly Himelwright

When Cross Junction resident Kelly Himelwright first started studying cybersecurity at Laurel Ridge, he only planned to get a career studies certificate. This Saturday he’s graduating with his bachelor’s degree, plus three career studies certificates, and transferring to Old Dominion University to finish his bachelor’s degree.

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Associate of Applied Science Degree
2 Years (4 Full-Time Semesters)

Program Information and Curriculum

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Cybersecurity Degree Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)

Within three to five years after graduation, graduates of the Associate of Applied Science in Cybersecurity program at Laurel Ridge are expected to achieve the following:

1. Direct Job Placement in Cybersecurity Discipline

  • Graduates are gainfully employed in a cybersecurity role

2. Advanced Skills for Cybersecurity Positions of Higher Complexity and Career Growth

  • Graduates gain additional education for positions in high demand cybersecurity roles

3. Advanced Degree/Credential Attainment

  • Graduates can obtain the advanced degree so as to contribute positively to the community.

ABET Student Outcomes Criteria

ABET Criterion 3 Student Outcomes for Associate Cybersecurity and Similarly Named Programs used within the cybersecurity program.

Graduates of the program will have an ability to:

  1. Analyze a broadly-defined security problem and apply principles of cybersecurity to the design and implementation of solutions.
  2. Apply security principles and practices to maintain operations in the presence of risks and threats.
  3. Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
  4. Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in cybersecurity practice based on legal and ethical principles.
  5. Function effectively as a member of a team engaged in cybersecurity activities.

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Partitioned Enrollment Data

Program Enrollment and Degree Data

Name of the Program: AAS in Cybersecurity

The enrollment data is categorized into two sections:  1) Recent two academic years and 2) preceding years for historical purposes

Recent Three Academic Years

Academic Year Enrollment Year Total




Degrees Awarded
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Associates Bachelors Masters Doctorates
Past 2018-2019 FT 23 35 58 10 19
Year PT 51 36 87 9
Past 2019-2020 FT 18 36 54 5 11
Year PT 40 34 74 6



FT 32 24 56 8  



Year** PT 38 37 85 11

FT—full time           PT—part time           **Unofficial numbers (4/16/2021)

Note: Freshman or Sophomore status is determined based upon the 30 credit hours achieved.  A freshman with greater than 30 credit hours becomes a sophomore level (2nd year.)

Historical Data for Cybersecurity Programs + Others (Preceding last Two years)

If historical data is sought for the entire suite of cybersecurity programs offered (AAS, Certificate, Engineering), such enrollment data is available as categorized by certain parameters.  However the exact extraction of specific data is somewhat convoluted and difficult so the excerpt provided under recent was necessary for focused clarification.  Such historical data is provided in a pdf format based upon head count trends at   There are various factors that can affect enrollment data: Market Trends, Political Environment, Economy, Academic Competitiveness.  However, this methodology makes it difficult to extract the specific data for any program.

Tuition and Funding Options

Tuition rates for this program are approximately one-third the cost of attending a four-year college or university in Virginia. Compare savings now!

An estimated $15.2 million dollars in grants, loans, work-study and scholarships are awarded to Laurel Ridge Community College students each year. We are committed to using all available funds to help you gain access to a college education.

Payment plans are offered to break down tuition payments.

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Transfer Statement

The associate of arts and sciences (AA&S) and associate of science (AS) degrees are designed to provide freshman and sophomore level course work toward the completion of a bachelor’s degree. These programs require students to take essentially the same courses as required by their four-year college or university counterparts.

To help facilitate the transfer process, Laurel Ridge has created a Transfer webpage that provides detailed information such as tuition, GPA, application requirements, course equivalents, and other information that may be useful in the transfer process.

The Virginia Community College System also offers a Transfer Planning Tool through the Virginia Education Wizard.  

Laurel Ridge offers many services and programs to assist transfer students. Students are encouraged to seek the assistance of an advisor to gain additional information to plan a successful transfer experience.

Gainful Employment Information

The US Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.” The information provided here is the best available to us. We hope that this information is helpful to our current students and to prospective students as they make their career and educational choices

ec-council partnerOur partnership offers cost-effective, authorized learning resources for enrolled technology students to properly prepare them for EC-Council exams and ultimately their careers after graduation. Students will have the opportunity to achieve industry recognized certifications and compete in free cyber competitions as they complete their degree programs, achieving the ultimate stackable credential lineup to enhance their resume.

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