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Fredericksburg Schools Receives Grant for Summer Cybercamp

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Fredericksburg City Public Schools is one of 32 school districts statewide chosen to receive a Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) grant to host summer 2016 cybercamp programs for high school students.

“The goal of the programs is to raise student awareness of career opportunities in the rapidly growing field of cybersecurity, and to help achieve Governor Terry McAuliffe’s goal of making Virginia the cybersecurity capital of the nation,” said Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples.

Each division, or consortia of divisions, received $62,500 for each camp. The grants were made from funding approved by the 2015 General Assembly to support innovative extended-year programs.

The Cyber Innovation Center, a division of the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center, and VDOE will provide regional training and planning workshops this spring to help divisions create the cybercamps.

The cybercamps will offer at least 70 hours of instruction and will include project-driven learning, field trips, guest speakers and a culminating recognition program.

The 38 participating school divisions were selected based on the percentage of students eligible for free- or reduced-priced meals. In addition to Fredericksburg, they are:
Hopewell (with Dinwiddie County)
Richmond (2 camps)
Newport News
Northern Neck Technical Center (Camp 1: Essex County, Lancaster County and Richmond County; Camp 2: Westmoreland County, Northumberland County and Colonial Beach)
Manassas Park
Page County
Nelson County
Henry County
Pittsylvania County
Carroll County (with Grayson County and Galax)
Pulaski County
Tazewell County
Brunswick County
Cumberland County
Halifax County
Lunenburg County
Mecklenburg County

According to a recent analysis of Virginia Employment Commission workforce data, by 2022, the commonwealth will be home to more than 350,000 cybersecurity and related jobs in areas such as telecommunications, programming and software development, and engineering and technology.

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