CyberPatriot preps military kids for tech fields
Article originally written by Elizabeth Aslakson, Summarized by the Alliance for Fort Gordon
Published April 8, 2021
In the next five years, experts predict a shortage of nearly 2 million cybersecurity professionals in the United States. CyberPatriot (CP), a national youth education program, hopes to fill this gap by recruiting and engaging future leaders.
The CP program, created by the Air Force Association in 2009, inspires K-12 students to pursue cybersecurity and STEM fields by helping develop technical skills, expanding critical thinking and preparing for the challenges of the future.
Mike Cullen, an Air Force veteran and Rhode Island-based STEM educator, says the country is facing burgeoning, powerful and persistent threats to our digital infrastructure. At the same time, Cullen stresses that there is a huge unmet demand for talent to counter these threats.