Since summer 2017, through a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Security Agency (NSA), COD presented the GenCyber program. Gencyber included the student cybersecurity program for middle and high school students and the teacher cybersecurity program for teachers of grades 3 to 12. The programs are grant-funded and offered to participants at no cost.
The GenCyber program covered various aspects of cybersecurity, informing participants about privacy, security and safe online behavior. Participants were introduced to cyber ethics and engaged in hands-on sessions to tackle realistic data security problems.
- Teacher Program (for teachers of grades 3 to 12)
- Cybercrime, social engineering, ethics and trends
- Introduction to cybersecurity
- Cybersecurity awareness
- Networking fundamentals
- Forensics cybercrime simulation
The GenCyber program provides summer cybersecurity camp experiences for students and teachers at the K-12 level. The goals of the program are to help all students understand correct and safe online behavior, increase interest in cybersecurity careers and increase diversity in the cybersecurity workforce in the U.S., and improve teaching methods for delivering cybersecurity content in K-12 computer science curricula.
GenCyber's mission is to grow the number of students studying cybersecurity in the United States. The program includes summer sessions across the nation designed for elementary, middle and high school students and teachers. The program focuses on engaging the learners with sound cybersecurity principles and teaching techniques.
The GenCyber program is open to all student and teacher participants at no cost. Funding is provided jointly by the NSA and the NSF.
The Computer and Information Technology (CIT) program at College of DuPage offers a variety of degrees and certificates that allow graduates to pursue a career in a wide range of information technology fields. In addition, CIT offers a variety of certification training programs through its Cisco Networking Academy and the CompTIA Academy. These training courses are for individuals interested in advancing their careers or for students who want to specialize in a particular area of study and receive certification training prior to graduation.