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. CYBER.ORG addresses this need by partnering with Minority-Serving Institutions, as well as other non-profit organizations with the goal of increasing representation in cybersecurity college programs and careers. Everyone has a role to play to achieve this goal. Contact us to learn more about yours.
Project REACH (Realizing Equitable Access to Cybersecurity in High School) is a feeder program that connects K12 schools to minority-serving institutions' 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 minority-serving institutions through cybersecurity activities, classroom support, campus visits, and more.
Funded by Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)
Amazon has generously provided $50,000 to CYBER.ORG for scholarships!
The 2023 Program will make 10 scholarships available to eligible graduating high school seniors for use during their first year of college at a participating Project REACH college or university during the 2023-2024 academic year. Take a look at the information below to learn more, see if you’re eligible, and apply!
Activities are developed to thoughtfully connect minority and Gen Z students to cyber careers.
Participating K-12 schools are provided with ongoing, tailored cybersecurity professional development for their teachers.
Prospective students build a relationship with minority serving institutions, envisioning campus life and getting a glimpse of minority serving institution school spirit.
The Right Connections
CYBER.ORG facilitates programming between K-12 and minority serving institutions with collaboration from cybersecurity professionals.
A pilot program funded by National Security Agency (NSA) is active in Northwest Louisiana, serving Huntington High School, Southwood High School, Woodlawn High School, Turner Elementary/Middle, and Keithville Elementary/Middle, and Broadmoor STEM Academy 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.
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
Minority Serving Institution Benefits
- Minority serving institutions 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
- Minority serving institution cybersecurity students are prepared for employment through research projects and internships
Our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have about project REACH.
Ready to bring Project REACH to your region?