The National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center, enrolled its 10,000th educator into its cyber curricula system last week.
“We started out with 200 teachers utilizing our cyber curricula in 2015, “says NICERC Director of Academic Outreach Kevin Nolten. “Now here we are impacting 10,000 classrooms across the country with accessible 21st-century content. This is how we’re going to sustainably feed the nation’s growing cybersecurity workforce demands.”
Based out of Bossier City, The National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC), the academic division of the Cyber Innovation Center, is focused on growing and educating the next generation cyber-literate workforce through K-12 education.
The United States Department of Homeland Security Cyber Education Training Assistance Program (CETAP) supports NICERC through a grant to develop and distribute cyber, STEM, and computer science curricula to educators across the country.
NICERC’s curricula approaches cyber education with an integrated approach. For instance, middle school students learn about cyberattacks while learning to build electrical circuits. High school students explore the programming side of cyber as well as engage in ethical discussions surrounding digital citizenship.
NICERC’s curricula is projected reach 1.7 million students by the start of the 2018/2019 school year.