Colorado Springs – May 8, 2019 – Pikes Peak Community College has received a $55,000 grant from the National Security Agency for a free cybersecurity training camp this summer for high school teachers.  

GenCyber Teacher's Camp, a one-week course, is designed for secondary teachers who have basic computer skills and want to incorporate a cyber curriculum at their school.
 
“Cybersecurity awareness and education is one of a handful of important initiatives being implemented across Colorado Springs to grow an already strong cybersecurity base into a nationally recognized hub for cybersecurity excellence," said Vincent Persichetti, cybersecurity programs director at the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce.
 
"Workforce development and education are crucial to successfully growing this ecosystem, and programs like GenCyber Camp are key to strengthening our community’s K-12 opportunities in cybersecurity.”

This opportunity for high school teachers also is a win for PPCC. It strengthens the college's relationship with local high schools, creating a better pipeline for concurrent enrollment students (high school students who earn college credit for their upper level high school courses.) Those students can pursue PPCC's Cybersecurity Associate of Applied Science degree and could even earn the degree when they graduate high school.
 
GenCyber Teacher's Camp topics include fundamentals of computers and computer networks, encryption essentials, cybersecurity for a digital world, cyber sleuthing and ethics, and making cybersecurity come alive in the classroom. They will earn 3.5 CEUs and learn how to implement cyber curriculum into their courses this fall.
  • June 3-7, 2019
  • Class size is limited to 15. 
  • ​PPCC Cyber Lab @ Catalyst Campus, 559 Pikes Peak Ave.
  • Instructor: Terri Johnson Akse, PPCC Assistant Professor, Computer Networking
  • Apply at ppcc.edu/careeradvancement by May 24.
  • For more information, contact janet.deluca@ppcc.edu.
Two follow-up meetings with all participants will be held after the camp. The fall 2019 meeting will provide continued support for implementation of lessons and for mentoring.  The January 2020 meeting will focus on implementing extra-curricular activities within their schools.
 
About PPCC 
Established in 1968 and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, PPCC offers associate degrees, certifications in career and technical fields and two bachelors’ degrees. With three campuses, various off-campus locations, two military education centers, and hundreds of online classes, PPCC provides access to a quality, affordable and flexible education to more than 20,000 students annually with both credit and non-credit classes.

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