Governor Terry McAuliffe wants Virginia to be the Cybersecurity capital of the U.S. and is heavily investing in summer cyber camps across the state to raise student awareness of career opportunities in the rapidly growing field of cybersecurity in order to get more students into the growing workforce.
The National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC), the academic division of the Cyber Innovation Center (CIC), is providing regional training workshops to help the 38 school divisions prepare and implement cyber camps this summer and deploy cyber curricula next school year. The NSA Day of Cyber is one of the resources that Virginia’s cyber camps may use to engage students.
NICERC works with its partners to design and develop integrated content that engages students in innovative, project-driven learning environments while providing school systems with a rigorous program that showcases a systems-level understanding of real-world applications of STEM. In addition to developing strong STEM fundamentals, the CIC content incorporates cyber as a context for learning.
NICERC has developed a robust library of STEM and cyber curricula that is being implemented by teachers across the nation while creating a national network of cyber educators. “The NSA Day of Cyber provides a mechanism to share our content with even more teachers so that we can grow our nation’s Next Cyber Generation even faster,” noted G.B Cazes, Vice President of the Cyber Innovation Center.
The impact of NICERC’s programs is the creation of a “Cyber Interstate” that provides multiple opportunities for students to become aware of cyber issues (enhance awareness), engage in cyber education (expand the pipeline), and select cyber careers (evolve the field).
The PCS Cyber Camp On-Site Director, Jason Reece commented on the NSA Day of Cyber, “we feel that the implementation and exploration of the elements of the “NSA Day of Cyber” will serve as a virtual tour of an exciting, yet established, field of careers within cybersecurity. As we introduce pathways to these careers, students will have an opportunity to explore the day-to-day life of NSA cyber professionals, observing and interacting with real-life scenarios that illustrate the necessity of such positions. It has been proven, through our instructional experiences, that anytime you are able to combine real-life/real-time examples, along with instructional content, that the educational effects and outcomes are found to be nothing less than invaluable.”
The impact of NICERC is the creation of a “Cyber Interstate” that provides multiple opportunities for students to become aware of cyber issues (enhance awareness), engage in cyber education (expand the pipeline), and select cyber careers (evolve the field).