Free AFA CyberCamp June 20-23


Sponsored by Upstate Workforce Board at SCC

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SPARTANBURG — The Upstate Workforce Board is excited to be a sponsor for the AFA CyberCamp being held at Spartanburg Community College main campus, June 20th to June 23rd, from 9 a.m. to noon each day.

At this camp, teachers and students from Spartanburg area high schools and middle schools will have hands-on instruction from IT experts and learn about safe Internet usage and protecting computer systems from cyber threats. The camp activities will include a tour of the Integral Solutions Data Center, and presentations by the captain of a nuclear submarine and the head of IT security for a Fortune 500 company. There is no fee for attending the camp.

By participating in this camp, students and teachers will also learn about the CyberPatriot program which will launch in the fall of 2017. The CyberPatriot program teaches students to get involved in computer technology at a young age, starting in middle school. The number of local students involved in the CyberPatriot competition is growing rapidly. The county participation grew from 1 team in 2015 to 3 teams last year, and could increase to more than 10 teams this year. Members of the CyberPatriot program compete with other high school CyberPatriot teams from across the country, with the opportunity to advance through state and regional competitions, to the annual National Finals Competition in Baltimore, Maryland.

School districts, businesses, and community organizations, such as the Spartanburg County Foundation, are supporting this program to make sure that all students have the opportunity to explore technology in a hands-on setting.

More information is available on the Spartanburg AFA CyberCamp website at www.spartanburgcyber@gmail.com

The Upstate Workforce Board continues to seek opportunities, like the one provided by this event, to support training for local youth to prepare them for work in challenging and rewarding fields and to meet the needs of local employers.

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Sponsored by Upstate Workforce Board at SCC

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