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Newport News Public Schools Selected for Virginia CyberCamp Program

Arcel Dullas and Mia Stephens, Heritage High School Governors STEM Academy team members, program and test their vehicle during the workshop.
Arcel Dullas and Mia Stephens, Heritage High School Governors STEM Academy team members, program and test their vehicle during the workshop.

(03/17/2016) - Newport News Public Schools has been selected to host the Virginia CyberCamp 2016 Program by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). The program is designed to increase student awareness of careers in cybersecurity. As one of 32 locations in the state, the school division will receive $62,500 from the VDOE for the implementation of the camp.

The Newport News CyberCamp will be open to students in the computer systems strand in the Governor's STEM Academy at Heritage High School. The camp will be held for four weeks during the summer.

The Cyber Innovation Center, a division of the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Education, provided a two-day professional development workshop February 25-26 at Crittenden Middle School for more than 30 educators from Newport News, Portsmouth and Franklin, who will serve as CyberCamp implementation teams at their respective locations.

Governor Terry McAuliffe established Cyber Virginia and the Virginia Cyber Security Commission in February 2014 to develop recommendations to identify the role of K-12 education in building and ensuring a cybersecurity pipeline to prepare students for the emerging career field.

According to the report prepared by the commission, the number of cybersecurity jobs grows each year, but many of them remain unfilled due to a shortage of qualified candidates. The latest Cyberstates study notes that Virginia has 19,314 technology companies and 280,906 technology occupations. The CyberCamps are one component of a larger effort to create a cybersecurity career pathway.

The Virginia Department of Education established the CyberCamps to serve as models for building the pipeline for K-12 education to meet the state's cybersecurity workforce demands.

Educators in the professional development session practice their programming skills.

Educators in the professional development session practice their programming skills.