Cyber Fast Track
Governor Greg Abbott recently issued a press release about Texas’ partnership with the SANS Institute on an exciting program called Cyber Fast Track. Cyber Fast Track is a free and unique three-stage program that will help college students discover if they have what it takes to make a difference in cybersecurity. This all-inclusive program, which starts in April 2019, will provide students with everything they need to build their knowledge of the foundations of cybersecurity. Once they have proven excellence in those foundations, they can move on to master forensics, intrusion detection, security operations, system and network penetration testing and application penetration testing. Designed by world-leaders in the field of cybersecurity, this program provides an unprecedented opportunity for students to fast track their career in cybersecurity.
Students who excel in all aspects of the program will be awarded scholarships to advanced cybersecurity courses and industry-respected certifications from the SANS Institute, a leader in cybersecurity education and research. Students who score well but do not win full scholarships will be included in a drawing for 200 scholarships of $500 each to use at their colleges.
Students can learn more about the program at https://www.cyber-fasttrack.org/.
The Department of Computer Science at SHSU periodically supports Robotic Workshops for middle school students. The first workshop took place in 2015. These workshops strive to initiate interest in computer science concepts at an early age. Dr. Li-Jen Lester organizes and supports this initiative in the Department of Computer Science. The most recent workshop took place in November 2018.
Dr. Li-Jen Lester recruited six seniors in her COSC4349, Professionalism and Ethics class, to be trained as instructors and mentors. These students helped to deliver the robotics hardware aspects of the curriculum. The assistance helps guide the middle schoolers when they are building their team vehicle. This workshop focused on the hardware aspects of building a robot. The middle schoolers have already inquired about coming back again next semester to continue developing their robots through software development.
The impact of this workshop is not only to motivate middle schooler desires from a technology perspective but also to encourage our college students to make a difference in the community. These mentors fulfilled the motto of SHSU: "The measure of a life is its service!"