Cybersecurity Classroom Training Program

The goal of the program is to introduce cybersecurity education into classrooms across Canada in a variety of courses and contexts making students’ digital lives safer.

Introduction

There is an acute and growing need for cybersecurity professionals in Canada. High school is a critical juncture in young people’s education journey when they explore career options, and yet topics of cybersecurity and active digital citizenship are missing from high school curriculums.

STEM Fellowship is a registered non-profit organization that uses peer-mentorship and experiential learning to empower data-native generation critical thinking and science communication with open data. We work towards the diversity in STEM fostering digital workforce proficiencies and strong digital citizen’s position among university and high school students.

In collaboration with the Ministry of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and Cisco Networking Academy, we are launching the Cybersecurity Classroom Training Program (CCTP). The goal of the program is to introduce cybersecurity education into classrooms across Canada in a variety of courses and contexts making students’ digital lives safer. CCTP will also address the critical skills shortage by increasing enrolment into post-secondary as well as certification programs in the cybersecurity field. Our program is brought to you by:

Implementation

High School Teachers To Be Reached

Students To Be Reached

CCTP analyzes and consolidates best practices of high school cybersecurity education in New Brunswick, Manitoba’s Sisler High School Virtual Network and Cybersecurity Centre, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Cybersecurity Education Training Assistance Program (CETAP), the CyberSmart program, and others.

CCTP resorts to the diverse expertise of educators, industry representatives, organized focus groups, surveys and online discussions to receive input on cybersecurity curriculum development. Through the cybersecurity workshops with students, we can gauge an idea of cybersecurity lesson and activity difficulty, interest, and planning.

The CCTP will offer 2000 high school teachers across Canada training and cybersecurity teaching infrastructure and materials, enabling them to introduce an estimated 40,000‐70,000 students to cybersecurity topics during the initial program timeline. This will lead to a safer digital presence for students and their families all over the country, increased enrolment into post-secondary cybersecurity programs, and more industry recruitment expectations in cybersecurity professionals being met.

Collaboration

CCTP program invites educators, industry professionals, and students interested in quality cybersecurity high school education.

For more information please contact Chief Education Officer Hiba Shah at hiba.shah@stemfellowship.org