For Immediate Release:
Department of Defense Awards $250,000 Education Grant to the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center to Provide Consistent Cyber and STEM Coursework for Students of Military Families
Funds will promote
unified curricula for K-12 schools around Bossier City, LA and Minot, ND
to support Air Force Global Strike Command
April 27, 2020 BOSSIER CITY, LA – The National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC), the academic division of the Cyber Innovation Center, has been awarded a new $250,000, one-year grant from the Department of Defense (DoD) to develop and promote unified cyber and STEM elective class curricula to area schools around the Bossier Airforce Base in Bossier City, LA and the Minot Airforce Base in Minot, ND. Through this grant, NICERC will provide children of military families the educational support and coursework required so that these students can continue their elective studies despite enrolling in a new school.
“Moving schools, especially in the middle of the school year, tends to be stressful,” said Kevin Nolten, NICERC’s Director. “We have seen success working with districts and states to develop cohesive cyber and STEM education pathways and are eager to replicate that success through Global Strike Command’s educational network to allow a student to seamlessly transition to another school and know their elective offerings will be consistent, whether they’re in Bossier City or North Dakota.”
According to the DoD, there are currently over 2 million children of military parents in the United States. Prior to graduating, children of U.S. military members typically attend between seven and nine schools while moving approximately every two to three years. Each time a student changes schools they face additional academic challenges, including the likelihood that a student’s current coursework will not be offered at their new school. This type of coursework disruption can prevent students from accumulating the skills and foundational knowledge required to realize their academic and career potential.
NICERC’s pilot program to promote consistent cyber and STEM coursework will begin with Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) bases with plans to grow worldwide among the entire military network. The program will utilize existing curriculum content created through a grant from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) including but not limited to:
The grant will fund classroom technology for the participating schools as well as intensive teacher trainings by NICERC subject matter experts.
By creating a synchronized cyber and STEM elective coursework, military parents will be able to ensure their children are getting a quality, stable educational experience aimed at increasing cyber and STEM proficiencies while also having every opportunity to pursue 21st century degree and career opportunities.
The National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC) is a cybersecurity workforce development organization that targets K-12 students with cyber career awareness, curricular resources and teacher professional development. The United States Department of Homeland Security supports NICERC through a grant from the Cybersecurity Infrastructure and Security Agency (CISA) to develop and distribute cyber, STEM, and computer science curricula to educators across the country. For more information, please visit www.NICERC.org.Contact: David.Awalt@cyber.org, 318-759-1600.