The New College Institute (NCI), in partnership with James Madison University (JMU), offered a four-day cybersecurity boot camp for regional teachers. Cybersecurity refers to a set of techniques used to protect the integrity of networks and prevent programs and data from being compromised.
“This camp provided the basics of cyber defense including everything from how to prepare, protect, detect, and respond to cyber threats,” said Brett Tjaden, professor of computer science at JMU. “We encouraged participating educators to generate interest in cyber security careers among their students through clubs, competitions, and exposure to the field.”
“I’m a lifelong learner, and I want to stay current in the ever-changing field of cybersecurity so that I can keep my students better informed on trends. With approximately 30,000 cybersecurity jobs open in the Commonwealth of Virginia, this career field represents a great opportunity for students in our area,” said Sandy Phillips, professor at Patrick Henry Community College.
Shannon Dudley Asbaugh, ITRT with Danville Public Schools, shared, “I have been thinking about going back to school myself for a degree in information technology. This week’s boot camp has certainly piqued my interest and made me want to learn more. Plus, it was a great opportunity to earn recertification points.”
During the boot camp, teachers learned about:
New College Institute works with Virginia universities and colleges to develop and bring high-quality programs to Southern Virginia that further develop our current and future workforce by providing accessible and affordable options.