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National Cyber 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 two weeks of learning from highly qualified PhD University of North Georgia instructors!

The National Cyber Warrior Academy (NCWA) GenCyber summer camp is a two-week, residential cyber academy for area high school students at the University of North Georgia’s (UNG) Dahlonega campus. The camp is scheduled for June 19-July 1, 2016.

The mission of the NCWA 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 NCWA GenCyber 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 two-week, residential cyber camp with over 80 hours of instruction, including 40+ hours of hands-on lab instruction and red-team/blue-team competitions.

Applications Closed

Applications are no longer being accepted for this program.

Why at UNG?

The NCWA 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. Our sister program, the Federal Service Language Academy (FSLA), has a successful six-year track record of preparing high school students for college-level foreign language or international affairs education leading toward a potential career in federal service in Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Korean, German, Japanese, Cherokee, or Portuguese.

Priority consideration will be given to rising high school sophomores to seniors who are FSLA graduates or who have studied a strategic language (including Arabic, Farsi, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, and Korean). 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.).

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 PhD from Clemson University and brings a wealth 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.

Contact Information

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

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