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Cybersecurity camp guides UCS teachers to build student skills for growing career field
Cybersecurity camp guides UCS teachers to build student skills for growing career field
Posted on 07/15/2019
Three teachers outside sign for OU engineeringThree Utica Community Schools teachers recently engineered the opportunity to be among a select group of regional educators taking part in a week-long camp on cyber-security. 

Kristi Carpenter, of the Utica Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology, Helena Foust, of Burr Elementary, and Michelle Rizzo, of Ebeling Elementary, were among 25 teachers that took part in the GenCyber Camp at Oakland University.

The camp allowed participants to explore concepts in the quickly growing career field and create lesson plans for their students. 

“This was a challenging week and an eye-opening adventure which will greatly enhance our instruction with students,” Rizzo said. 

GenCyber Camp was led by three Oakland University Ph.D candidates under the direction of Dr Huirong Fu, Program Director.  Among the topics covered included Cybersecurity, Cryptography, Cyber Ethics and Online Behavior, and Programming.

“It was an amazing experience,” Carpenter said. “I now have plethora of resources to take back to my classroom, deeper knowledge regarding cyber security, and awareness of careers in this prominent field.” 

As part of fulfilling our agreement with the program requirements, all participants developed and submitted a lesson plan which addressed one or more of the ten CyberSecurity First Principles - Domain Separation, Process Isolation, Resources Encapsulation, Modularity, Least Privilege, Abstraction, Data Hiding, Layering, Simplicity, and Minimization. 

“It was a great class to enrich our Elementary Computer Science Curriculum as an overview of the discipline as well as the safety aspect,” Foust said. 
Participants received a $500 stipend with an additional stipend of $100 provided after they participate in a followup GenCyber camp provided by OU. 

Cybersecurity is among the nation’s fasted growing professions for openings and increased wages. 

The Cybersecurity Skills Gap Analysis, issued by the Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeast Michigan, recently reported that specialists are earning more than double the national median hourly wage and that employer demand in southeast Michigan has increased by 414 percent between 2010 and 2016.