Project REACH

Project REACH

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While the nation faces a growing need to fill a gap in cyber-workforce shortages, there is a greater need for the nation to address the lack of diversity seen in cyber professions.  

Project REACH (Realizing Equitable Access to Cybersecurity in High School) is a feeder program that connects K12 schools to HBCU cybersecurity and computer science programs in an effort to close the diversity gap in cybersecurity. CYBER.ORG facilitates the relationship between high school classrooms and their local HBCU through cybersecurity activities, classroom support, campus visits, and more.

CISA

 

   Funded by Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

Why you should major in cybersecurity - Project REACH
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The Approach
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Coursework
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Relevant Coursework

Activities are developed to thoughtfully connect African American and Black students to cyber careers

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Empowered Teachers
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Empowered Teachers

Participating K-12 schools are provided with ongoing, tailored cybersecurity professional development for their teachers.

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Invested Students
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Invested Students

Prospective students build a relationship with HBCUs, envisioning campus life and getting a glimpse of HBCU school spirit.

 

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The Right Connections
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The Right Connections

CYBER.ORG facilitates programming between K-12 and HBCUs with collaboration from cybersecurity professionals.

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Hear from Project REACH Schools
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Mr. Rossum
Mr. Joseph Rossum
High School Teacher
“Not only has Project REACH allowed my students to garner a new perspective on technology, but it has also increased their social capital by letting them attend organized field trips and seminars about starting careers in the Cyber industry.”
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Dr. Matthew Mitchell
Dr. Matthew Mitchell
High School Principal
“The transition to college can be daunting for high school students. Through Project REACH, our students are getting familiar with an HBCU in our region and starting to envision their futures as cybersecurity students. We love seeing their confidence and curiosity grow!”
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Ms. Tia Young
Mrs. Tia Young
High School Teacher
"The technology and professional development provided by Project REACH have really been a great asset to my class! My students that were a little hesitant are now excited to learn about cybersecurity."
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Dr. Grady Smith
Dr. Grady Smith
High School Principal
“We're seeing our students starting to think outside of the box and considering careers in cybersecurity. More importantly, Project REACH helps them see an attainable path to get there.”
Project REACH
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Project REACH in Northwest Louisiana

A pilot program funded by National Security Agency (NSA) is active in Northwest Louisiana, serving Huntington High School, Southwood High School, and Woodlawn High School of Caddo Parish Public Schools. Course offerings are intended to raise students’ foundational and technical skills in cybersecurity and increase freshman enrollment in Grambling State University, specifically in cybersecurity.

 

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Join Project REACH
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High School Benefits

  • K12 teachers will have unlimited access to curricula and supportive classroom materials
  • Students can earn industry-based certification before graduating
  • Teachers can receive custom professional development
  • Participating schools are eligible to receive technology grants for cyber labs
  • High schools receive ongoing program facilitation from CYBER.ORG cyber education specialists
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HBCU Benefits

  • HBCUs showcase their programs and degree opportunities to prospective students in the region
  • Partnerships with K12 high schools help build a steady stream of degree seekers
  • Students and faculty benefit from expanded community and service-learning opportunities
  • HBCU cybersecurity students are prepared for employment through research projects and internships
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What's New
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See the latest developments 

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Ready to bring Project REACH to your region?