Anne Arundel county school officials say Meade High School will soon be the site of their first curriculum developed to meet the demand for a much-needed cybersecurity workforce, according to HometownAnnapolis.com.
Uncovering the plan last week during a forum on the regional impact on cybersecurity, county school officials said they expect to debut the curriculum in the fall.
William Sheppard, a coordinator of the school’s homeland security signature program, said the initial “cyber flavored” curriculum will feature four hybrid courses that blend cybersecurity and existing computer classes.
“This is making true change – not only in the curriculum but also in the excitement level and enthusiasm of the students and the work force connections,” said Richard Burger, who leads the signature program support team in county schools.
Sheppard and Burger talked about the new classes at the forum, where more than 300 government, education and private sector officials convened to discuss the impact of cybersecurity and tech fields on education, job growth and the overall economy.
Despite the potential job growth, fewer students are studying math and science after high school, NSA Chief of Staff Deborah A. Bonanni said, calling the problem a “diversity issue and a national education crisis.”
The cyber curriculum at Meade High could prove to be a vital step in the right direction to solving that issue, Burger said. While the curriculum will be introduced at Meade, it could be expanded to other schools.
“This could be applied to any school’s program,” he said. “Looking forward countywide, we would absolutely like to believe there was a point where the curriculum could be shared.”