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Letter: Teach cyberdefense at Dowling

An agreement states that Dowling College in Oakdale,

An agreement states that Dowling College in Oakdale, above, Five Towns College in Dix Hills and St. John's in Queens "will consider prior convictions only to the extent that they are relevant to public safety or some aspect of the institution's academic program," state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a statement. Credit: Jessica Rotkiewicz

The U.S. government should convert Dowling College into a cybersecurity center where high school graduates with grade-point averages 90 and above could attend for free if they agree to work for the federal government for five years after graduation [“Dowling shutting down,” News, June. 1].

With people in China, North Korea, Russia, Ukraine and other countries hacking into our sensitive and critical computers, this new mission for Dowling would serve the country well. A Dowling center for cybersecurity and computer forensics would keep the once-proud college’s name alive while educating the next generation of cyberdefenders.

Lee Nober, Old Bethpage