Student cybersecurity competition aims to fill California workforce pipeline

Community colleges across California are working together to fill the workforce pipeline for cybersecurity – one of the most rapidly growing and changing fields in the country – through the CyberPatriot program, a nationwide competition and education program.

By introducing students to cybersecurity before they reach high school graduation, the colleges are aiming to foster interest in the growing field, developing the requisite skills and inspiring young people to work toward a career with incredible financial potential. For the students, the CyberPatriot program is fun.

“This is like a real life video game with you against a bad guy,” explained Steve Linthicum, Deputy Sector Navigator, Information and Communications Technologies/Digital Media in the Greater Sacramento Region.

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100Kin10 Renews Call to Support STEM Teachers

100Kin10, a national nonprofit focused on recruiting, preparing, and supporting teachers in science, technology, engineering, and math, published an open letter on Monday that reiterated the importance of their mission in a new political climate.

“To produce big ideas, solve our biggest challenges, and keep America competitive on a global scale, students need excellent educations — in STEM especially,” the letter, which was signed by about 90 organizations, business leaders, and education advocates, reads. “…Yet many STEM teachers aren’t receiving the essential preparation, resources, and encouragement to do their jobs effectively. In fact, we face a great shortage of qualified STEM teachers.

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