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GenCyber

A FREE summer camp dedicated to teachers and students for the purpose of learning more about cyber security.

GenCyber 2017GenCyber Vision -- “Inspiring the next generation of cyber stars.” 

GenCyber Camp Logo Our vision is for the GenCyber program to be part of the solution to the Nation’s shortfall of skilled cyber security professionals. Ensuring that enough young people are inspired to direct their talents in this area is critical to the future of our country’s national and economic security as we become even more reliant on cyber-based technology in every aspect of our daily lives. To ensure a level playing field, GenCyber camps are offered at no cost to all student and teacher participants.


What is GenCyber?

A FREE summer camp dedicated to increase the cybersecurity knowledge of high school students and help teachers prepare learning modules to take back to their respective classrooms to continue spreading cybersecurity knowledge after the summer camp.

 

Purpose

The primary purpose of the GenCyber camp is to educate students and teachers about cybersecurity principles and cybersecurity careers. The teacher renewal credit class will help to prepare teachers to create interest in cybersecurity when they return to their classroom. Teachers from K-12 are welcome to apply for attendance. The secondary purpose is to prepare students to make well-informed choices about their future college plans and careers. As a result, it is our hope to recruit more students into this rapidly growing, and high-demand cybersecurity career field by partnering with the school systems in our service area.


Who should attend GENCYBER?

High school students that want to learn more about computers, networks, programming, and cybersecurity should attend this class. Teachers with all backgrounds and skill sets are welcome and wanted to attend so the cybersecurity knowledge can be passed on to a vast group of students!

When will the class be held and who teaches it?
 

Teacher Course:

This camp will be held July 10th - July 21st.  Lunch and snacks will be provided. The first week of the class will be from 9am to 3pm. The second week teachers will have the option to pick 8am to 1pm or 12 to 5pm sessions. The second week sessions are required in order to complete this class. The class will be held at the Robert Paap Building at CVCC. The class is taught by our well-educated and trained Information Technology instructors. The class is free; however, space is limited to the first 24 teachers and funding will allow CVCC to assist the first 16 teachers requesting assistance with child care and travel with a $750 stipend, so you need to register soon! This class has a total of 55 contact hours, which will give the teacher 5.5 teacher renewal credits towards their technology credit and/or a related CTE course; however, you must attend both weeks – week one teacher portion of the camp and the morning or afternoon sessions of the second week. 


Student Course:

This camp will be held July 17 - July 21st. The five-day student camp will be focused on students learning from actually putting the knowledge to work in hands-on activities. Lunch and snacks will be provided as the camp will be from 8am to 5pm. The GenCyber @ CVCC summer camp will be focused on student learning while building a computer, installing an operating system, creating a small network, developing a web page, writing simple programs, cracking a password, using stenography, and implementing a firewall. Attendees of the camp will also have an in-depth discussion about each of the first principles and ethics to ensure they implement online safety in their daily lives. There will be activities related to each of the topics to create a fun learning environment. The class will be held at the Robert Paap Building at CVCC. This is a day camp so participants must provide their own transportation to and from the camp. The class is taught by our well-educated and trained Business/computer instructors. The class is free; however, space is limited to 24 students with a letter of recommendation from a current teacher or principal required!

 

How do I register?

Teacher Registration: 
Registration will be open from April 15, 2017 to June 15, 2017. You can go to teacher renewal and download a registration form. Please send it by email to ctoney@cvcc.edu, OR you may fax it at 828-322-5455 Attn: Cheri Toney, OR mail the form to CVCC, Attn: Cheri Toney, 2550 Highway 70 SE, Hickory, NC 28602. If you have questions or need additional information please call 828.327.7037 or email Cheri Toney at ctoney@cvcc.edu

 

Student Registration: 
Students are required to submit a letter of recommendation from a current teacher or principle when registering for this class. Registration will be open from April 15, 2017 to June 15, 2017 at 5pm. You can go to Summerscapes and download a registration form. Please send it along with letter of recommendation by email to ctoney@cvcc.edu, OR you may fax it at 828-322-5455 Attn: Cheri Toney, OR mail the form and letter of recommendation to CVCC, Attn: Cheri Toney, 2550 Highway 70 SE, Hickory, NC 28602. If you have questions or need additional information please call 828.327.7037 or email Cheri Toney at ctoney@cvcc.edu

 

Do I have to know a lot about computers to attend?

NO! This camp is for all skill levels, the tech savvy as well as the person that knows very little about computers. This camp is for students to learn more about cybersecurity in a fun way! This class will also give the student information about national competitions and the knowledge to: build a computer, install an operating system, describe and create a network, write computer programs, create web pages, describe hacking and ethics, demonstrate online safety, describe encryption, and demonstrate a knowledge of the principles of cybersecurity as they relate to each of the learning modules.
 

Want to learn more about a career in Cyber Security?  Check out the Information System Security degree at Catawba Valley Community College.