K-12 HBCU Feeder Program
CYBER.ORG Launches K-12 HBCU Feeder Program to Grow and Diversify the National Cybersecurity Workforce
NSA-Funded Pilot Program Aims to Strengthen the Talent Pipeline and Increase Number of Students Pursuing Cybersecurity Degrees
Through a $250,000 grant provided by the National Security Agency (NSA), CYBER.ORG will develop a K-12 feeder program for Grambling State University (GSU) in Northern Louisiana, a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) and the first university in the state to create a cybersecurity undergraduate degree. The goal is to replicate this model between school districts and HBCU’s across the country.
This project aims to address the lack of diversity in the cybersecurity workforce, which is due uneven and unequal access to K-12 cybersecurity education. A recent EducationWeek study revealed students in small and high-poverty school districts are significantly less likely to be exposed to cybersecurity education, resulting in lower-income and minority students having significantly less entrance to this critical field of study.
CYBER.ORG will integrate its state approved curricula into both Huntington High School and Southwood High School’s course offerings to raise students’ foundational and technical skills in cybersecurity and increase interest in GSU's freshmen enrollment, specifically in cybersecurity.
CYBER.ORG is currently seeking additional HBCU partners to participate in similar pilot programs to be replicated across the country. Get in touch with us below to learn more about piloting this program in your community.
“Currently less than half of all school classrooms across the U.S. offer cybersecurity education.This partnership will be critical to changing that statistic and ensuring that our high school students can pursue cybersecurity degrees and careers. Our partnership with Grambling State and CYBER.ORG is a wonderful investment in our students’ futures.”
-Dr. Lamar Goree, Caddo Parish School Superintendent.