Huntsville City Schools Wins CyberPatriot Center of Excellence Designation
Huntsville City Schools has been named a Center of Excellence by the Air Force Association's (AFA)
"CyberPatriot, the nation's largest and fastest growing youth cyber education program, is AFA's flagship science, technology, engineering and
mathematics (STEM) program dedicated to strengthening cyber skills among American youth," according to a news release. "The Center of Excellence
designation is awarded to communities and institutions that provide leadership and support to further the educational experiences of their
students through the CyberPatriot program."
Huntsville is the seventh district to win the distinction since the AFA began naming Centers of Excellence in 2011. Since joining the
CyberPatriot program in 2013, the 23,000-student Alabama district has placed open and all service division teams in CyberPatriot national Finals
competitions, taken first and second place in the open division and been awarded Coach of the Year recognition.
"The success stems in large part from the school system's collaboration with the Alabama
State Department of Education to develop a four-year cybersecurity curriculum to help prepare students to pursue cybersecurity
postsecondary education and careers," according to information released by the AFA. "The Huntsville City School system has also developed
partnerships with local industry leaders to secure internships for CyberPatriot competitors, and has helped prepare students to earn
professional credentials including COMPTIA's
Network + and
Security +. In addition, the school
system offers training to first-time Coaches and Mentors."
Joshua Bolkan is contributing editor for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.