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The Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot Program Approved Elk Grove Unified School District as the Newest CyberPatriot Center of Excellence!

CyberPatriot National Commissioner approved the Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) as the newest CyberPatriot Center of Excellence. The ​​​CyberPatriot program seeks to inspire K-12 students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to the nation’s future. When asked the significance of being a part of this program, Elk Grove High School instructor, CyberPatriot Coach for the Greater Sacramento Region and CyberPatriot Middle/High School Coordinator, Sean McNally said, “Students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. Getting our students access to cyber security professionals through a volunteer program will give our students the upper hand when it comes to interviewing for future jobs. Students who participate in CyberPatriot since their 7th grade year can graduate High School with up to six years of experience in cyber security. That experience is priceless.”

Being acknowledged for the CyberPatriot Center of Excellence qualifies EGUSD to be eligible for additional support offered by CyberPatriot sponsors to receive grants, internships and possibly hardware and software grants. The local Air Force Association recognized Elk Grove Unified and many other regions this week at the 2017 Air Force Association Awards Banquet at Crown Plaza Hotel in Sacramento. During part of the ceremony, 11 CyberPatriot awards were presented.


About Air Force Association (AFA)

The Air Force Association (AFA) is a non-profit, military and aerospace education association with the goal of promoting aerospace power and the role it plays in the security of the nation. Their mission is to advocate an authoritative United States Air Force and a robust national defense, as well as honor our Airmen and Air Force Heritage.