GenCyber Summer Camp for High School Students Returns at CCM

 

Incoming high school freshmen and sophomores for the 2022-23 Academic Year from Dover, Morristown and Parsippany are invited to take part in a free exploration into the world of cybersecurity during the GenCyber camp to be held at County College of Morris (CCM) this summer.

An information session on the camp will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, February 9, at 7 p.m. Those interested in learning more should email Camp Director Dawn Rywalt, professor of Information Technologies, at ccmgencyber@ccm.edu for the Zoom link. The camp takes place June 27 – July 1, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Participants in the camp, which is limited to 40 students, learn coding, take part in hands-on activities, develop a knowledge of cyberspace and explore careers in cybersecurity. Lunch and snacks provided at no cost. Transportation also provided at no cost from Morristown High School and Dover High School.  All students take home a Raspberry Pi kit upon completing the camp. The camp is supported by a $52,080 grant from the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation awarded to CCM.

“Students who want to take part in the camp do not need experience in computer science or cybersecurity,” says Rywalt. “What is most important are interest and enthusiasm and the desire to learn more about careers in this exciting field of cybersecurity.”

CCM was the first community college in New Jersey to be designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security. To gain that designation, CCM needed to demonstrate that its cybersecurity curriculum is aligned with national standards, that the college contributes to providing a pipeline of professionals who can assist with protecting against cyber attacks and is a resource for the community in the area of information security. As part of those efforts, the college for the second time is offering the GenCyber summer camp that it first offered in 2018.

To learn more about the information technology programs at CCM, visit http://bit.ly/ITatCCM/.

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