Five Years: Looking Back and Looking Forward

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Five Years: Looking Back and Looking Forward

On October 2, 2018, NICERC (National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center) and the Cyber Innovation Center announced the very exciting news of a grant awarded by the Department of Homeland Security. NICERC Director of Academic Outreach Kevin Nolten reflects on the ground we’ve covered and where we’re headed over the next 5 years.


Over the past 5 years, the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC) has been designated by the US Department of Homeland Security as their lead technical institute for the development and distribution of cyber, STEM, and computer science curricula and professional development.

In 5 years…

  • We went from having a presence in just the Bossier School district to being a part of 6,445 districts across the country
  • We went from 10 teachers accessing the curricula to 12,800 teachers across the country in all 50 states and 3 US territories.
  • We went from having trained 50 teachers to training 9,949 teachers across the country
  • We went from one Cyber discovery camp at Louisiana Tech University to 292 camps, workshops and events across the country
  • We went from having one Physics course to 15 full-year courses that spans elementary, middle and high school.
  • We went from educating 1,000 cyber literate students to 2,100,000 cyber literate students across the country.
  • We’ve seen Benton high school graduating class of 2013 go to Louisiana Tech University, graduate, and come to work at General Dynamics.

After a rigorous and highly competitive process, the Cyber Innovation Center and NICERC have been awarded a new grant from the US Department of Homeland Security. This opportunity comes with $4.3 million of funding for the first year, with a total expected value of $21.5 million over the 5 years.

Five years from now…

  • We will be in 20,000 districts across the country
  • We will have 60,000 teachers across the country in all 50 states and all US territories.
  • We will have trained 31,000 teachers across the country
  • We will have hosted 2,000 camps, workshops and events across the country
  • We will have 25 full-year courses that spans elementary, middle and high school
  • We will have 7,000,000 cyber literate students across the country
  • We will have graduates from across the country coming to work in Bossier City, Louisiana.

Over the next 5 years, NICERC will continue to transform education, empower educators, and teach the next generation cyber-literate workforce.

Thank you for being a part of our success stories, thank you for changing the face of education, thank you for educating our future!

This post comes from NICERC Director of Academic Outreach Kevin Nolten