CAREER PATHWAYS

Career projections indicate that jobs in cybersecurity will be in high demand as threats and opportunities expand in our increasingly high-tech world. This section provides information about those projections, successful district cyber career pathways, and other school-based initiatives that can engage students in the field of cybersecurity.


RESOURCES

Sowing the Seeds of U.S. Cyber Talent Leveraging K-12 Cyber-Education to Develop the Cyber-Workforce and Improve National Security
This publication by the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology says by 2020, the United States is expected to be deficient by 1.5 million cybersecurity professionals. Because today’s youth are more tech-savvy and digitally proficient than many are willing to credit, imagine if they could be motivated to pursue meaningful careers in Information Security and Information Technology.  

Beyond 11% - A study into why women are not entering cybersecurity
The Global Information Security Workforce Study from (ISC)² and its Centre for Cyber Safety and Education documents the most familiar challenges to attracting women to cyber careers and highlights the need for role models.

When Should Cyber Security Education Start? Some Say Elementary School
This Education Week blog provides examples of student engagement that can pave the way for interest in the cybersecurity careers. 

SCHOOL DISTRICT CYBER CAREER PATHWAY PROGRAMS

Regan Early College High School, Austin ISD (TX);
Colorado district internships (CO);

Michigan Security State of Mind
The state’s Economic Development Corporation weighs in on the importance of cybersecurity as a current and future industry and highlights K-12 strategies.

High Schools Prep Students to Fill Cybersecurity Skills Shortage
This EdTech magazine story (Summer 2018) showcases model high school cyber programs, offers suggestions for aligning cyber offerings with the needs of the local industry and highlights a wealth of free cybersecurity curricular resources.

 

 

 

 

STUDENT PROGRAMS

 

Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot
​​​CyberPatriot the National Youth Cyber Education Program created by the Air Force Association (AFA) to inspire K-12 students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future.

GenCyber Program
The GenCyber program provides summer cybersecurity camp experiences for students and teachers at the K-12 level. The goals of the program are to increase interest in cybersecurity careers and diversity in the cybersecurity workforce of the nation, help all students understand correct and safe online.

Georgia's first cybersecurity center opens to the public
This facility, opening July 2018, is the single largest investment by any state to provide cyber training and education. It is already attracting talented students to address the cybersecurity workforce gap through certification programs and both undergraduate and graduate-level degree programs.

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