LCCC is the first community college to join the Ohio Cyber Range Institute

Posted November 3, 2020

Lorain County Community College is the first community college in the state to be designated a regional programming center for the Ohio Cyber Range Institute. This new designation will allow LCCC students and faculty to collaborate with organizations across the state to provide up-to-date training in cyber security.

“By joining this statewide network, LCCC students will continue to learn and lead in the field of cyber security,” said Larry Atkinson, coordinator of LCCC’s Cyber Security program.

A cyber range is a place, both virtual and physical, designed for cyber-warfare training. A range can be used for students practicing their skills in cyber security, or by companies to assess their preparedness for a cyber attack. The range at LCCC will be used by students in LCCC’s cyber and information security associate degree program.

The OCRI is comprised of higher education institutions and state organizations with the goal to provide an integrated approach to cybersecurity education, workforce development and economic development in cyber related fields in Ohio. The OCRI is sponsored by the Ohio Department of Higher Education, Ohio Adjutant General’s department and the Ohio National Guard. The organization’s headquarters is at the University of Cincinnati.

With LCCC as an OCRI Regional Programming Center, LCCC students will have access to virtual labs where they can “hack in real time” and gain hands-on experience in cyber security, Atkinson said. Students will also be able to attend educational symposiums where they can collaborate with experts and leaders in the field. Additionally, LCCC students will be able to compete in cyber security events, such as the Cyber Hacking Challenge, in which students and professional challenge each other to solve cyber security questions.

The field of cyber security is constantly evolving and designation as an OCRI Regional Programming Center is the latest demonstration of LCCC’s commitment to prepare students for careers in this growing and changing field. In fact, careers in cyber security are expected to grow by 40% over the next decade, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“Graduates emerge from our program ready to tackle the real-world cyber security challenges that companies are facing every day,” Atkinson said.

Virtual information sessions about LCCC’s cyber security program will be held:
5-6 p.m., Tuesday, November 17
7-8 p.m., Wednesday, November 18

For more information about LCCC’s cyber and information security program or to register for an information session, visit