Pikes Peak Community College will offer a free cybersecurity training camp this summer for high school teachers, thanks to a $55,000 grant from the National Security Agency.

GenCyber Teacher’s Camp, a one-week course, is designed for secondary teachers who have basic computer skills and want to incorporate a cyber curriculum at their school, according to a news release from college spokeswoman Karen Kovaly.

The camp is slated for June 3-7 in the PPCC Cyber Lab at the Catalyst Campus, 559 Pikes Peak Ave. Teachers will learn topics such as fundamentals of computers and computer networks, encryption essentials, cybersecurity for a digital world, cyber sleuthing and ethics, and making cybersecurity come alive in the classroom from instructor Terri Johnson Akse, assistant professor of computer networking at PPCC.

Teachers will earn 3.5 continuing education units and learn how to implement cyber curriculum into their courses this fall.

“Cybersecurity awareness and education is one of a handful of important initiatives being implemented across Colorado Springs to grow an already strong cybersecurity base into a nationally recognized hub for cybersecurity excellence,” said Vincent Persichetti, cybersecurity programs director at the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce. “Workforce development and education are crucial to successfully growing this ecosystem, and programs like GenCyber Camp are key to strengthening our community’s K-12 opportunities in cybersecurity.”

This opportunity for high school teachers also is a win for PPCC, Kovaly said. It strengthens the college’s relationship with local high schools, creating a better pipeline for concurrent enrollment students earning college credit for their upper level high school courses.

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Those students can pursue PPCC’s Cybersecurity Associate of Applied Science degree and could even earn the degree when they graduate high school, Kovaly said.

Class size is limited to 15 students. Teachers should apply at ppcc.edu/careeradvancement by May 24.

Contact janet.deluca@ppcc.edu for more information.