DMACC cybersecurity student studies on deepwater drilling ship

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DMACC cybersecurity student Steve Roth of Moulton, Iowa, is pursuing his associate of applied science (AAS) degree online aboard the "Deepwater Asgard" in the Gulf of Mexico. Photo courtesy DMACC

The “Deepwater Asgard” is an ultra-deepwater, dual-purpose, 781-foot drilling ship that can drill to a depth of 12,000 feet below the water’s surface.

ANKENY, Iowa — DMACC cybersecurity student Steve Roth of Moulton, Iowa, is pursuing his associate of applied science (AAS) degree online but not from an office in his home.

During the work day, Roth carries out his duties on board the “Deepwater Asgard” in the Gulf of Mexico. This ultra-deepwater, dual-purpose drilling ship is currently about 200 miles south of Houma, Louisiana, in the Gulf of Mexico on its way to a new drilling site.

The 781-foot ship can drill to a depth of 12,000 feet below the water’s surface.

While some of Roth’s classes are being taught by professors at the DMACC Ankeny and West Des Moines campuses, all of his instruction is online.

Roth took some DMACC classes a few years ago, but he says DMACC’s cybersecurity program now better meets his needs, and he hopes to earn his degree next year.

Dan Ivis is the media Liaison for the Des Moines Area Community College.

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