Part of the NISGTC grant provided funding to create and update curriculum materials for courses in Cybersecurity, Geospatial Technology, Programming and Networking & Data Communications. From a goal of creating 100 courses, NISGTC ended up creating 108; 29 of which in programming, 18 in cybersecurity, 16 in networking, 25 in geospatial technology and 20 in other cross-specialties.
Courses and curriculum are available as open-source materials via SkillsCommons.
Part of the grants goals in creating online courses, included the development of bridge courses to sequentially bridge the gap between the initial skills of individuals and what they need to enter and succeed in post-secondary education and career-path employment.
Bridge courses help make transitioning from high school to college a little easier when dealing with academics. They also prepare adults with limited academic or limited English skills to enter and succeed in credit-bearing post-secondary education, and training leading to career-path employment in high-demand, middle- and high-skilled occupations. These courses may give students a refresher on subjects and course work that they may have forgotten.