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White House recognizes Cyber Innovation Center for support of education

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The White House recognized the Cyber Innovation Center (CIC) for its commitment to developing the nation’s future workforce through its support of computer science, cybersecurity, and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.

The recognition came in a Tuesday, September 13 release highlighting new progress and momentum in support of the Presidential Initiative entitled “Computer Science for All” and recognized the

This announcement is the latest event in an ongoing partnership between the CIC and the White House, the Office of Management and Budget, and numerous departments and agencies in Washington, DC. These organizations are very interested in the success that the CIC is having across the United States and have actively sought input regarding the CIC’s education and training model, which empowers K-12 educators through a robust library of curricula, classroom resources, and professional development.

Currently, teachers from all 50 states and two U.S. territories are accessing the CIC’s curricula.

“We are thrilled with the national interest educators and communities are showing in our cybersecurity education and training model. Over the next two years alone, we expect to reach another 450,000 students and provide the academic fundamentals and cyber career awareness needed to significantly expand the number of cybersecurity professionals entering the U.S. workforce,” said G.B. Cazes, vice president of the CIC. “It’s an honor to be recognized by the White House for our contributions to this important effort, and we are thrilled to share our best practices and lessons learned with some of Washington’s senior experts and decision makers.”

The White House also recognized the State of Louisiana as one of 12 states taking concrete policy actions to support computer science education, specifically for allowing computer science to count towards graduation requirement. The CIC has been working closely with the Louisiana State Department of Education to ensure students across the state have access to the educational fundamentals and skills they will need to be competitive in a 21st century workforce.

Wanda Bennett, president of the Bossier Parish Police Jury, added, “For the past seven years, the Parish has been committed to an economic development strategy that will diversify our economy and provide our community with high paying, knowledge-based employment opportunities. We are extremely pleased with the success CIC has locally, including helping to attract CSRA and its new Integrated Technology Center to Bossier City, as well as the recognition and accomplishments achieved both at the state and national levels.”

The “Computer Science for All” initiative will provide federal funding to increase access to K-12 computer science by giving states and districts resources to train teachers, expand access to high-quality instructional materials, and build effective regional partnerships; these are all areas of expertise for the CIC. According to the White House, the funding will allow more states and districts to offer hands-on computer science courses across all of their public high schools, get students involved early by creating high-quality computer science learning opportunities in elementary and middle schools, and expand overall access to rigorous STEM coursework.

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Sean Green is managing editor of the Bossier Press-Tribune.


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