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Middle and high school students apply now to attend WCC’s free GenCyber Camps

High school and middle school students will explore cybersecurity through hands-on activities

Post Date:05/09/2016 8:43 a.m.

Bellingham, Wash. – Applications are now being accepted for Whatcom Community College’s GenCyber camps. The free, six-session camps are for high school and middle school students who want to explore cybersecurity, a rapidly growing field in the U.S. and worldwide. Students will learn through hands-on computer activities how cybersecurity professionals help protect information and information systems from unauthorized access, misuse and destruction.

Two camps for high school students will be held July 25-30 and Aug. 1-6. Priority will be given to students who will be juniors or seniors in fall 2016. The camp for middle school student will be July 25-30. Participants must be entering the seventh or eighth grade in the fall to be eligible. Interested students should submit completed applications and supporting documents no later than June 3. Space is limited. To enroll, visit whatcom.edu/cybercamp. For more information, contact cybercamp@whatcom.ctc.edu.

The application includes a brief essay about why the student is interested in the camp. Applicants must upload cumulative middle or high school transcripts or their most recent report card as well as provide a reference from a teacher or counselor. Applicants will be notified by June 17 of their status. All camp sessions will be held in the classrooms and recently renovated and upgraded labs of Whatcom Community College’s acclaimed computer information systems (CIS)/cybersecurity program. The camps are funded by the National Security Agency and National Science Foundation’s GenCyber grant.

About Whatcom: Whatcom Community College is a regionally and nationally accredited two-year college with an accomplished faculty and staff who serve 11,000 students annually. On its campus in Bellingham, Wash., and through online courses, Whatcom offers transfer degrees, professional and technical training programs, as well as basic education, job skills, and Community & Continuing Education classes. For more information, visit whatcom.edu.

Contact: Mary Vermillion, Whatcom Community College PIO, 360.383.3310, pio@whatcom.ctc.edu.

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