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GenCyber Warrior Academy

A GenCyber Summer Camp

GenCyber LogoAre you thrilled by computer science and operating in cyberspace?  Are you considering a career in cyber operations or security?

If so, get ready for an intense and exciting ten days of learning from highly qualified Ph.D. University of North Georgia instructors!

The GenCyber Warrior Academy (GCWA) summer camp is a nine-day, residential cyber academy for area high school students at the University of North Georgia’s (UNG) Dahlonega Campus. Pending funding, the camp is scheduled for June 20-29, 2019.

The mission of the GCWA is to inspire the next generation of cyber operations and cybersecurity professionals in the north Georgia region.

Housed at The Military College of Georgia and one of six Senior Military Colleges in the nation, UNG’s GCWA program will prepare students for military, federal service and civilian cybersecurity career paths with an emphasis on personal, organizational and national cybersecurity awareness and ethical cyber operations training in a 9-day, residential cyber camp.

The academy includes 80 hours of instructional and extension activities, including 40 hours of hands-on labs in learner-centered classrooms using the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) iLabs curriculum. The standards-based content will reinforce Cybersecurity First Principles through hands-on exercises. In addition to lab exercises, students will participate in extension activities involving coding in Python, Sphero robotics, Drone programming, 3D printing, car hacking and capture-the-flag and red-team/blue-team events.

The mix of mini-lectures, hands-on labs, mid-day get-up-and-move extension activities and evening team-building and CTF events will engage learners using multiple modalities. Daily scrum presentations, Q&A and student presentations of various hacking exercises and Cyber First Principles concepts will help students take active ownership of their learning experiences.

Physical fitness is part of the academy with students participating in daily athletics or moderate aerobic exercise and calisthenics.


Check back on March 15 to apply.

Course Instructors

Dr. Bryson Payne is a tenured professor of computer science in the Mike Cottrell College of Business at the University of North Georgia and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®).

Dr. Payne is the author of the popular book Teach Your Kids to Code: A Parent-Friendly Guide to Python Programming (2015) from No Starch Press, and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal.

Tamirat Abegaz

Dr. Tamirat Abegaz is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at UNG. He earned his Ph.D. from Clemson University and brings a wealth of user experience to the University of North Georgia.

Prior to joining UNG, Abegaz served in a variety of web development roles in Ethiopia including senior web developer for Africa Union, and as project manager for Commercial and National Bank of Ethiopia.

Why at UNG?

The GCWA is a collaboration of the Center for Cyber Operations Education, the Institute for Leadership and Strategic Studies, and the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems at UNG. 

What's the Cost? 

Free. TheGenCyber Warrior Academy is funded by a grant from GenCyber.

students gather around a small robot

Who May Participate and What Are the Requirements?

U.S. high school students who will be sophomores, juniors or seniors in fall 2019.

Priority consideration will be given to students who are FSLA graduates or who have studied a strategic language (such as Arabic, Farsi, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, and Korean) in school or elsewhere.

Priority consideration also will be given to students who have demonstrated high aptitude and achievement in high school math and/or computer science courses (>3.5 GPA in Math/CS courses), or who have participated in computer-related extracurricular activities (e.g. computer programming, robotics or cyber competition team membership, etc.).

students of the national cyber warrior academy

Contact Information

Dr. Bryson Payne, CISSP®, Director
Center for Cyber Operations Education
129 Barnes Hall, Dahlonega Campus

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Cyber Competitions for High School Students

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