Lakota to Launch New Cyber Security Academy 

Lakota to Launch New Cyber Security Academy 
Posted on 12/03/2018
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Cyber Academy meeting Dec. 12Computer hackers beware! A new wave of cyber security analysts will be coming from Lakota Local Schools. Beginning in the fall of 2019, the new Lakota Cyber Academy program will launch for sophomores, juniors and seniors.

Partnering with Belcan Corporation, Lakota Schools is introducing this new curriculum for students interested in computer science. “We are excited for the start of the Lakota Cyber Academy,” said Keith Koehne, executive director of curriculum and instruction. “This program will open doors to our students after graduation, should they choose to continue their studies in higher education, enlist in the military or enter the workforce.”

Ron Ford, vice president of cybersecurity at Belcan, agrees. “We very much support Matt Miller’s objective of his three Es,” said Ford, who is working with district administrators to build the coursework. The Cincinnati-based company has a large cybersecurity recruiting division, which students will have access to, should they choose to enter the workforce after graduation.

Industry experts predict there will be 3.5 million jobs in cybersecurity by 2021 that will go unfilled. Students enrolled in the district’s new program will be able to earn up to six industry certifications and will qualify for internship opportunities. With next year’s seniors only having one year in the program, an accelerated Cyber Sprint option will be available to help them complete as much of the course as possible.

Students interested in enrolling in the Lakota Cyber Academy will need to complete an application process, including an interview. A small pilot program will take place during second semester. David McCain, a computer science teacher at Lakota East, is excited for the new program and sees great opportunities for the students. “Cyber Academy is a great addition to the IT offerings for students in Lakota,” he said. “It is amazing that high school students will be able to graduate with the certifications necessary to be employable in the cybersecurity field immediately upon graduation.”

An information night for parents and students will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at the Cincinnati Marriott North in West Chester. The program will begin at 7:00 p.m. with representatives from both Lakota and Belcan leading the event. Those interested in attending are asked to respond at http://tinyurl.com/LakotaCyber.