NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -
An intensive two week program is underway at the University of New Orleans to teach middle school and high school teachers about cybersecurity technology.
The GenCyber program is happening at UNO's lakefront campus from July 20-31. The university says 20 teachers from 12 states are participating. Seven of the teachers are from the Greater New Orleans area.
"Teachers attending the training can expect to significantly deepen their knowledge of cybersecurity to prepare them to effectively transition their experiences, and the materials they receive, into their classrooms," said Golden Richard, professor of computer science and the director of the Greater New Orleans Center for Information Assurance at UNO.
The goal is for the teachers to develop their own curricula so they can train future generations of cybersecurity experts.
The university says the program is funded through by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation. The training is free as is the lodging, travel and meals for participants.
Once the program is done, the teachers get to keep laptops they were provided. The university says the laptops can be used to duplicate portions of the training in their own classrooms.
This is the second year UNO has hosted the GenCyber summer training camp. Program organizers expect there to be 200 similar camps in all 50 states by 2020.