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CyberCamp grants announced

CUMBERLAND — Grants announced by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) this week will support 32 cybercamp programs for high school students this summer — including one in Cumberland.

According to a VDOE press release, the goal of the programs is to raise student awareness of career opportunities in the rapidly growing field of cybersecurity and help achieve Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s goal of making Virginia the “cybersecurity capital of the nation.”

“The camps will introduce students to the field of cybersecurity and the cybersecurity-related credentials they can earn through local career and technical education programs,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples said.

“The camps also will serve as models for the development of additional efforts to prepare students to meet the commonwealth’s cybersecurity workforce needs.”

The cybercamps will offer at least 70 hours of instruction and will include project-driven learning, field trips, guest speakers and a culminating recognition program.