Chair, Computer Information Systems Department, Portland Community College
Cara Tang is a faculty member and department chair in the computer information systems department at Portland Community College (PCC), and chair of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Committee for Computing Education in Community Colleges (CCECC). She has been an active participant in ACM curriculum guidelines projects including CSTransfer2017, IT2017, and IT2014 (for two-year IT programs), and chairs the CSEC2Y task group developing curriculum guidelines for two-year programs in cybersecurity. She earned her doctorate degree in computer science at Heidelberg University in Germany and her master and bachelor of science degrees at Virginia Tech. Before joining academia full-time, Tang worked in industry as a software developer and operations research analyst.
Efforts have been underway for the past couple of years to begin to accredit community college cybersecurity programs. This work follows a successful effort to introduce cybersecurity program criteria for four-year programs, an effort that completed in 2018 with program evaluations to begin for in the 2019-2020 cycle. ABET and CSAB have formed a joint […]