Explore Cyber Security and Defense

How the Program Works
  • You will visit Penn College once a week to attend a two-hour module for an entire academic year, starting this September. Transportation will be provided for you to and from Penn College if needed.
  • A teacher from your school will coordinate the program with Penn College and act as a resource for you and other participating students.
  • You will work closely with industry professionals and Penn College student mentors and faculty.
  • Periodically, you will compete in hacking competitions designed to test and reinforce your knowledge of the content. The competitions will be collaborative and gradually increase in difficulty and scope as you progress through the program.
  • Each participating high school will be provided a "network in a box" that will allow you to practice and review materials at your high school.
Why You Should Apply
  • You will earn four college credits for successfully completing the program. This equates to a $2,000+ scholarship!
  • There is a strong need for information assurance and cyber defense professionals.
  • The philosophy of this curriculum is to develop analysts–helping you build and apply your problem-solving skills.
Who Should Apply
  • High school juniors and seniors
  • Female students, first-generation students planning to attend college, and/or low-income students are encouraged to apply
  • Students interested in cyber security, computing, or STEM
  • Anyone with an interest in learning! No prior knowledge of computer programming and/or networking is required. You will be provided with the training you need.
Enrollment Requirements

You will be expected to meet the following requirements to qualify for this program:

  • Be enrolled as a junior or senior in high school at a partner school.
  • Meet program placement test requirements. You will be given a placement test in mathematics and reading in order to determine your eligibility.
  • Be in good academic and judicial standing with your high school and/or law enforcement.

Individuals with questions about the program are encouraged to contact Dr. Brad Webb, Assistant Dean, School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies at bwebb@pct.edu or (570) 320-2400 ext. 4437.

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1623525. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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