Cyber Camp Takes Over CCRI’s Newport Campus
CCRI welcomed Governor Dan McKee, Newport Mayor Xay Khamsyvoravong, and Rhode Island Department of Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green to its Newport Campus to learn more about the Newport Public Schools’ Cyber Camp to promote learning beyond the formal school day and beyond the traditional 180-day school year.
“My Administration continues to focus on our vision for transforming education in Rhode Island from a 180-day model to a year-round learning strategy, and it is through partnerships like Newport Public Schools’ Cyber Camp that we are seeing success,” Governor McKee said. “I thank CCRI, Mayor Xay, Newport Public Schools, and all of the partners who are making this vision a reality through Cyber Camp.”
Cyber Camp, a collaboration with Newport Public Schools, NUWC, CCRI, and CyberPatriot, is intended to introduce 7th through 11th grade students to the growing cybersecurity field. In its fourth year, Cyber Camp is held over two weeks in the summer and introduces students to computer science and cyber security operating systems and how to identify, protect from and remove hackers from computer systems.
Cyber Camp is taught by Newport public school teachers with guest lectures from CCRI and local industry professionals. The camp takes place on CCRI’s Newport campus and provides a pathway to earn an associate degree in Cyber Security at CCRI. The program earned designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) through academic year 2028 by the National Security Agency (NSA), reflecting the college’s ability to meet the increasing demands of contributing to the protection of the National Information Infrastructure and addressing the critical shortage of professionals with cybersecurity skills. CCRI is also in the process of earning its National Center of Academic Excellence Designation, which focuses on the college’s internal and external outreach – from other college departments to statewide outreach – regarding Cybersecurity and limiting cyber threats.
Check out the photos from today’s visit by Governor McKee.