Congressman Andy Barr Announces EKU’s New Certificate in Financial Technology and Cybercrime Program
Congressman Andy Barr joined Commonwealth Credit Union (CCU) and Eastern Kentucky University to announce a $1-million gift from CCU to support EKU’s new Financial Technology and Cybercrime certificate program, which focuses on solving vulnerabilities in the financial system, making it the first of its kind in the US.
“We are excited to announce this transformative gift from Commonwealth Credit Union,” said EKU President Dr. David McFaddin. “Their generous investment will make a difference for generations of students and provide talented graduates to meet the workforce needs of the financial sector. EKU is proud to collaborate with CCU and offer innovative solutions in this critical field of study.”
The announcement was made in the EKU Business and Technology Center Atrium, where McFaddin, U.S. Congressman Andy Barr and President/CEO of CCU Karen Harbin briefly spoke about the industry's immense need for education in financial technology and cybercrime.
“What an amazing achievement that EKU is unveiling the first certificate program of its kind in the nation for the future leaders in this sector. This is an important part of our financial ecosystem,” said Congressman Barr. “Cybersecurity is currently one of the most important risks to our financial system. With this announcement today, EKU is setting itself apart in proving itself as a problem solving institution.”
“I’m honored to be here today to announce our $1 million gift to help equip the next generation of graduates as they enter the workforce,” said Karen Harbin. “While this donation will help launch the Financial and Cybersecurity certification program, it’s also an investment in keeping our best and brightest right here in Kentucky as they begin their careers. I’ve been where these students are, and as a proud EKU Alumna, this opportunity is one that is near and dear to my heart.”
Published on May 18, 2023