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GenCyber Institute for Educators

about the GenCyber Institute for Educators

Kilgore College will host the GenCyber Institute for Educators during the week of June 24 – 28, 2024.

Middle school and high school teachers throughout East Texas will gather together to learn the fundamental knowledge and skills needed for teaching and applying cybersecurity concepts. Teachers will also learn methods for increasing awareness of cybersecurity-related career opportunities among their students.

Educators who enroll in the Institute will have opportunities in the months before and in the months following the Institute to interact and network with cybersecurity professionals and other teachers.  Lesson plans will be made available that teachers can use with their students back at their schools. Teacher participants will also help promote and identify student participants in a virtual GenCyber Career Day to be held in the months following the summer Institute.

What do graduates of the institute receive?

Graduates of the GenCyber Institute will each receive a stipend of $730 and will earn 56 CPE hours.

Each participant will also receive a GenCyber Cybersecurity Teaching Kit, which includes items such as a set of Yubikeys, classroom games, posters, books, an SSD hard drive loaded with teaching resources, a t-shirt, and a tote bag.

What are the requirements to participate?

To be selected for the GenCyber Institute for Teachers, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Have an interest in teaching cybersecurity concepts and cybersecurity career awareness to your students.
  • Be a certified, full time teacher at a middle school or high school within the Kilgore College service area.
  • Teach in any discipline, with little to no cybersecurity knowledge and experience necessary.
  • Be able and willing to commit to several hours of virtual activities in the spring prior to the institute, the week-long institute held at Kilgore College next summer, and several additional hours of activities in the fall and spring following the institute.
  • Have the support of your school administration.
  • Cybersecurity Fundamentals
  • Ethics in Cybersecurity
  • Cybersecurity Career Exploration
  • Authentication
  • 2FA/MFA
  • Online Safety
  • Cryptography
  • Gamification – Capture the Flag (CTF), Telehack
  • Open Source Intelligence
  • Wireshark
  • Methods of Attack
  • Python
  • Hacking Environment Setup with VMs
  • Lesson Planning
  • Guest Speakers – Cybersecurity professionals

November and December 2023: Applications submitted and received by Jan. 15, 2024

January 2024: Participants selected and notified

February and March 2024: Participants complete up to 12 hours of pre-institute activities

June 24-28, 2024: Summer Institute – meets from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Monday through Friday) on the Kilgore College campus.  Lunch and refreshments are provided every day.

July thru December 2024: Participants complete up to 12 hours of post-institute activities, including a virtual GenCyber Career Day for students

Applications are due by Jan. 15, 2024.

The Kilgore College GenCyber Institute for Educators was selected through a competitive grant process to be part of the GenCyber program, which is financially supported by the National Security Agency, the National Science Foundation, and other federal partners on an annual basis.

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