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Paine College kicks off youth cyber camp

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) - It's a chance for kids to get hands-on experience in cybersecurity.

With Augusta on the forefront of cybersecurity for the country, one local college is hoping to get kids interested in the career by making it fun with a full week of summer camp. 

"Each student really achieved some level of mastery in certain levels," said Chief Financial Officer Kevin Howard.

Paine College opened it's doors this summer to 24 middle and high school students eager to learn more about the cyber-security.

The AFA Cyber Camp was a week-long program designed to get students excited about the STEM career. The coordinator of the program says this camp gives students the confidence of being interested in the growing market.

 

"It will only better prepare them for competing in the marketplace we are currently in," said Howard.

Throughout the week, students learned how to protect their personal devices and information from outside threats.

As well as how to better secure operating systems of computers like the ones they have at home.

Kevin Howard says at the end of the camp, these kids will be better prepared than their peers when entering the cybersecurity field.

"So at the end of the day, those students already have the knowledge skills and the abilities to compete in the global marketplace," said

These hands-on instructions and activities are some of the material that college students are learning.

Howard says he is glad Paine decided to reach out to the younger students.  

"We're in the business of educating students and our doors are open 12 months of the year 365 days. We're in the business of serving students."

Paine College is planning to continue hosting the AFA Cyber Camp every summer. Howard says they look to increase their level of service within the CSRA.


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