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GenCyber Summer Camp

Campus News | Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Sarah WhiteWhile cybersecurity careers attract a disproportionate number of males, a week-long GenCyber Summer Camp at Columbus State Community College is introducing females to computer science career paths. A total of 60 females are taking part in the Center for Workforce Development. There are 40 high school students and 20 high school educators.

Collectively they represent 41 high schools in central Ohio. They will learn together about cybersecurity, its principles, programing, malware attacks, and more.

"Developing awareness of cyber threats in our communities and increasing our ability to minimize cyber vulnerabilities is critical to the continued success and protection of our country," says Larry McWherter, cybersecurity instructor at Columbus State Community College. "The cybersecurity program here is committed to producing professionals who know the cyber threat and can respond to it. This event will introduce cybersecurity as a career option to the students.”

Educators attending will be able to take what they learn and apply it to lesson plans which can be implemented into their classrooms.

Guest speakers will be C-Suite and executive level women leaders to engage students by delivering presentations on various security topics throughout the week. They represent the State of Ohio, SunTrust Bank, Amazon Web Services, Ohio State University, Test Double and the Ohio Attorney General’s office.

The GenCyber Summer Camp is made possible by two grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Security Agency (NSA). Co-sponsors include GenCyber, Columbus State, the NSF and the NSA.


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