Saint Leo University is celebrating the grand opening of its expanded Newport News location. The Newport News Education Center is adding 4,386 square feet to its site at One BayPort Way, Newport News, VA  23606.

The public is invited to the grand opening at 5 p.m., Tuesday, April 17. There will be tours of the facility, the opportunity to meet faculty, staff, and students, and remarks from senior Saint Leo University staff at Saint Leo University and Newport News Mayor McKinley L. Price. Refreshments will be served.

Saint Leo will offer a fully equipped cybersecurity lab as well as additional classroom space and a study lounge. The university offers a Bachelor of Science degree Bachelor of Science degree in cybersecurity as well as a Master of Science degree in cybersecurity at Newport News. Cybersecurity is one of the fastest growing fields with rapidly changing technology. Saint Leo University anticipated growth in this area and was one of the first universities to offer a cybersecurity program.

Hacking scandals and cyber threats remain in the news, and qualified security professionals are in demand. According to the Department of Homeland Security, there are roughly half a million cybersecurity-related job openings in the United States, and the need is expected to continue to grow. Saint Leo provides quality education to meet employers' cybersecurity needs.

In addition, the Newport News Education Center will boast the university's second Military Resource Center (MRC), which is available to all student-veterans and military-related students. Saint Leo first opened an MRC at its St. Leo, FL, location in 2016. Saint Leo University is known for its commitment to the U.S. military and veterans, and the new MRC will provide a place for students from all of the university's Virginia locations to relax, study, meet with advisors, and receive help from external support agencies. For student resources, go to

"We are excited about the growth of Saint Leo University's Newport News location and the opportunity to provide quality education to area residents," said Michael Godfrey, area director of Saint Leo's Virginia Peninsula teaching locations.  "This expansion allows Saint Leo to offer the latest in cybersecurity education as well as a home away from home for our student-veterans and military students. The added classroom space

Most recently, Saint Leo has been named to Military Times Best: Colleges 2018; as a Top10 Gold-level Military Friendly® School; one of U.S. News & World Report's  Best Online Programs for Veterans; and one of the best regional universities and best values in higher education in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges.

Saint Leo University's Newport News Education Center is near Joint Base Langley-Eustis and offers flexible class schedules, affordable tuition, and an environment tailored to busy adult students and members of the military.

Degrees offered at Newport News range from the associate to the master's. Offerings include: Associate of Arts degrees in business administration, criminal justice, information technology, and liberal arts; Bachelor of Arts degrees in criminal justice; criminal justice – criminalistics; criminal justice - homeland security; human resource management; human services; business administration – logistics; business administration – management; business administration – marketing; business administration - technology management; sociology; sociology – applied & clinical; sociology - diversity & inequality; Bachelor of Science degrees in computer information systems; computer science; cybersecurity; and health care management; Master of Science degrees in criminal justice; cybersecurity; and human services; Master of Business Administration; MBA – accounting; MBA – health care management; MBA – human resources management;  MBA – marketing; MBA – project management; MBA – sport business; and MBA - Supply Chain Global Integration Management.

Registration is underway for Summer 1 Semester that begins April 30 and continues to June 24. Summer 2 Semester begins June 25 and ends August 19 while Fall 1 Semester begins August 20 and ends October 14. For resources are available at WorldWide Student Resources.

For information about the grand opening, email or call (757) 249-0390.