Thomas Nelson Community College is offering a new program this fall in cyber security. The program is geared toward people looking for entry-level positions in that field.

The program will be administered through TNCC's Business, Public Services, Information Systems and Mathematics division.

National security efforts have increasingly focused on cyber security in recent years.

According to a news release, the college will allow students to take CompTIA Security+ and the EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker exams as a first step toward the Certified Information Systems Security Professional credential.

The credential is a standard for cyber security practitioners, according to Michael Mann, and associate professor at the college. For more information, visit http://www.tncc.edu.

Perkins Act

The National Governors Association released a series of "guiding principles" Monday that it said should define reauthorization of the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. The law provides more than $1 billion in support for education, including loans.

The NGA said the reauthorized law should work to collaborate with other programs, including the Higher Education Act, the Workforce Investment Act, and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, also known as No Child Left Behind.

"Governors have prioritized their commitment to state career and technical education programs," said Kentucky Gov. Steven Beshear, chairman of the NGA Education and Workforce Committee. "We urge Congress to increase the percentage of funds that states can reserve and authorize states to determine the allocation of funds between secondary and postsecondary institutions so we can ... focus on the important transition from high school to college or career."

"As governors, it is important that we find opportunities to ensure targeted labor demands in our states are being met through state-designed innovative delivery approaches," said Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, vice chairman of the committee. "Congress should maintain and enhance Perkins flexibility to create career and technical education programs that meet each unique state situation."

U.Va. grant

The University of Virginia Health System got a $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health's National Cancer Institute to study tissue samples available for research. The five-year grant funds research on topics such as breast cancer and lung disease, according to a news release. U.Va. will partner with Eastern Virginia Medical School and Medical University of South Carolina to obtain samples.

"One of the bottlenecks in translational research is getting diseased human biosamples to study," said grant recipient Christopher Moskaluk, chairman of the U.Va. Department of Pathology and a leader of the grant designated U.Va. Cancer Center. "There is a critical need for specimens, and we realized if we could get partners we could increase the number of samples we could provide."

According to the news release, the samples are collected from extra tissues leftover from diagnosis.

"After diagnosis, the rest of the tissue is destroyed. It's incinerated," Moskaluk said. "It's a horrible waste."

Patient permission is required before the samples are collected.

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