This summer, the University of North Georgia (UNG) will host a free two-week residential National Cyber Warrior Academy (NCWA) on the Dahlonega Campus for high school students who are interested in cyber-related education and/or careers.
The camp will be held from June 19 - July 1 and will be free for up to 40 participants, thanks to an $88,000 grant from the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation GenCyber program.
"This camp is geared toward rising high school sophomores, juniors or seniors who have demonstrated a high aptitude and achievement in high school math and/or computer science classes, or have participated in computer-related activities such as robotics, computer programming, or cyber competition teams," said Dr. Bryson Payne, director of UNG’s Center for Cyber Operations Education.
Priority consideration will be given to students who are graduates of UNG’s Federal Service Language Academy, a program with a successful six-year track record of preparing high school students for college-level foreign language or international affairs education in strategic languages including Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Korean, Japanese, Cherokee, and Portuguese.
"Both the military and private industry are looking for the unique combination of education in languages, leadership and cyber – and UNG offers a strategic focus on all three," UNG President Bonita C. Jacobs said. "Graduates with these skill sets will enter the workforce with a huge advantage over their peers."
The camp will emphasize personal, organizational, national cybersecurity awareness, and ethical cyber operations training. It will feature more than 80 hours of instruction, including 40 hours of hands-on lab instruction and practical exercises.
"Because UNG is one of the only six Senior Military Colleges in the nation and is designated as The Military College of Georgia, it is uniquely equipped to help prepare students for the military, federal services and civilian cybersecurity career paths," Dr. Tamirat Abegaz, assistant professor of computer science, said. "We are prepared to offer an intense and exciting two weeks of cybersecurity training to produce tomorrow’s cyber warriors."
NCWA is a collaboration between UNG’s Center for Cyber Operations Education, Institute for Leadership and Strategic Studies, and Department of Computer Science and Information Systems in the Mike Cottrell College of Business.
Applications are due by May 20. The top 40 applicants will be selected and notified of their application status no later than May 31. For more information about the camp, visit ung.edu/cyber/academy.