Contributions made nationwide by the Cyber Innovation Center in critical areas of education have been recognized at the highest level of this country’s government.
An announcement on Sept. 13 highlighting new progress and momentum in support of the presidential initiative “Computer Science for All” named the CIC for its commitment to developing the nation’s future workforce through its support of computer science, cyber security and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).
“It’s an honor to be recognized by the White House for our contributions to this important effort,” said CIC Vice President G.B. Cazes. “We are thrilled to share our best practices and lessons learned with some of Washington’s senior experts and decision makers.”
Cazes said the announcement is the latest event in an ongoing partnership between CIC, the White House, the Office of Management and Budget and numerous agencies and departments in Washington, D.C. The groups are interested in the success the CIC is having across the U.S.
These groups are actively seeking input regarding the CIC’s education and training model that empowers K-12 educators through a library of curricula, classroom resources and professional development. Currently, teachers from all 50 states and two U.S. territories are accessing the CIC’s curricula.
“We are thrilled with the national interest educators and communities are showing in our cyber security education and training model,” Cazes said. “Over the next two years alone, we expect to reach another 450,000 students.”
“We also expect to provide the academic fundamentals and cyber career awareness needed to significantly expand the number of cyber security professionals entering the U.S. workforce,” he added.
The White House also recognized the State of Louisiana as one of 12 states taking concrete policy actions to support computer science education, specifically for allowing computer science to count towards graduation requirement.
Wanda Bennett, President of the Bossier Parish Police Jury, said, “For the past seven years, the parish has been committed to an economic development strategy that will diversify our economy and provide our community with high paying, knowledge-based employment opportunities.”
“We are extremely pleased with the success CIC has locally, including helping to attract CSRA and its new Integrated Technology Center to Bossier City, and with the recognition and accomplishments achieved both at the state and national levels.”
“Computer Science for All” initiative will provide federal funding to increase access to K-12 computer science by giving states and districts the resources to train teachers, expand access to high-quality instructional materials, and build effective regional partnerships, all areas of expertise for the CIC.
According to the White House, the funding will allow more states and districts to offer hands-on computer science courses across all their public high schools. The initiative will also get students involved early by creating high-quality computer science learning opportunities in elementary and middle schools, and expand overall access to rigorous STEM coursework.