The Laredo College Cybersecurity Institute will be offering a free cybersecurity summer camp for high school students through the CyberPatriot Program.
CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program created by the Air Force Association to inspire K-12 students toward careers in cybersecurity or other STEM disciplines. At the core of the program is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, the nation’s largest cyber defense competition that puts high school and middle school students in charge of securing virtual networks.
“Laredo College is excited to offer this free summer camp to local students interested in learning more about cybersecurity, a field that has significantly grown and evolved over the past decade,” Laredo College Board President Lupita Zepeda said. “Learning more about how to stay protected online is a necessity nowadays, and we are proud to continuously find new avenues to bring awareness in our community about this important topic.”
The AFA CyberCamp that will be offered at Laredo College this summer is designed for high school students who are just getting into cybersecurity or who have cybersecurity knowledge and want to learn more. AFA CyberCamps emphasize fun, hands-on learning of cybersecurity principles that are relevant and applicable to everyday life.
Through these camps, students learn the importance of cyber safety and how to protect their personal devices and information from outside threats. Standard AFA CyberCamps teach beginner students the basics of cybersecurity, while Advanced AFA CyberCamps incorporate more complex concepts geared towards students who have previously participated in a camp or in the cyber defense competition.
“Our Cybersecurity Institute is constantly innovating and bringing a diverse range of programs for people in our community,” LC Dean of Workforce Heriberto Hernandez said. “This summer camp will be targeted to local high school students interested in learning more about how to stay protected in the cyber realm. This knowledge is essential in today’s world with the number of cyber threats growing every day.”
The Cybersecurity Institute feels this is an excellent program for our community and will be holding the camp in the week of July 26 through July 30. The camp will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ft. McIntosh Campus. Laptops will be provided to the students. Space is limited, so students are encouraged to register as soon as possible.
If there is enough demand for additional camps, the institute will consider increasing the session count. Additionally, individuals interested in helping with the camps as instructors can also contact the institute to volunteer.
High school students interested in the camp can register by visiting www.laredo.edu/cybercamp. For more information or questions regarding the camp, students can contact the Cybersecurity Institute by sending an email to email@example.com or call (956) 721-5419 or (956) 764-5703.