ST. PETERSBURG, FL, Jul 30, 2010 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- The Science Center of Pinellas County has teamed up with Raytheon, SRI International, and St. Petersburg College to create an innovative cyber security educational program.
Why: According to the recently appointed White House Cyber Security Chief Howard A. Schmidt, "In our digital world the information technologies we depend upon everyday present us with great opportunity and great danger -- for our national security, public safety and our economic competitiveness, as well as our personal privacy. Our lives have been enriched in countless ways by technologies that are now a part of the very fabric of our day to day lives. Our dependence on these wonderful technologies continues to increase with each new innovation, as does our shared responsibility to protect our security and our privacy. Indeed as President Obama has said, 'this cyber threat represents one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation.'"
Our Goal: Prepare students for careers in national defense, the protection of corporate and civilian cyber networks, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education -- and successful career placement with the best companies
Our "real-world" learning methodology is uniquely differentiated by a blend of academic and practical experience, including mentoring by industry experts; in-depth studies of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) principles; and the use of e-learning tools that include threat simulation and attack, counter-attack gaming, and hands-on components. The program provides students with a foundation in cyber security and ethics, protocols, operating systems, software, network management, security procedures, how to harden networks, and much more. The program's goal is to prepare students to successfully test for several industry certifications. The fifteen week-long educational program will be available October 11, 2010. Targeted for adults who desire either new skills or enhancement of existing computer technology training, this program will prepare graduates for careers in a critical high-growth industry. Students who complete the full Science Center Cyber Security Educational Program will qualify for credits towards a two or four-year degree in Network Security from St. Petersburg College. The Science Center's CIO, a former Department Chair at the National Defense University, and other certified specialists will facilitate the program. These industry experts will mentor students in the fundamental aspects of STEM in a blended learning model -- providing students with critically needed job skills. The course is comprised of 60 hours of instructor facilitation and 180 hours of additional course content. It has been supported with content by the Department of Defense and the Air Force Association.
A partnership with the Career Technical Education Foundation (CTEF) and Kelly Services(R) will provide qualified students with internships and career placement. This innovative and successful placement model has been employed with engineering students and will now be expanded to cyber security specialists through this partnership with the Science Center of Pinellas. Kelly IT Resources and Kelly Engineering Resources, specialty services of Kelly Services, will assist with recruiting students for the program and with job placement services for program graduates.
"Kelly Services is excited for the opportunity to work with the Science Center of Pinellas County and CTEF on this important national imperative," said Melisa Bockrath, Sr. Director and IT Product Leader at Kelly Services. "With designated IT and Engineering business leads, Kelly can assist in promoting STEM education and mentoring in the greater Tampa Bay market and job placement of qualified candidates across the United States."
One of goals of Kelly Services in partnership with CTEF and the Science Center of Pinellas County is to help this program grow into a national adult education system where individuals can learn new skills and advance their careers in this dynamic field.
Individuals interested in learning new skills or enhancing current computer technology training through this program are encouraged to send their contact information or resume to email@example.com
Science Center of Pinellas County: The Center is a K-12 student educational institution with programs focused on STEM. The Center's seven-acre facility houses an observatory, a planetarium, marine touch tank, weather station, wetlands, and various labs for cyber security, forensics, chemistry, robotics, energy, petrology, and computers. This Cyber Security curriculum is one of the many programs that support the Center's focus on career skills development for students. The Center is located at 7701 22nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL, 33710. www.sciencecenterofpinellas.org.
Career Technical Education Foundation, Inc: CTEF is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) educational foundation created to work with and influence the local educational system through community and industry partnerships. Our Vision: "Changing the face of education today to meet the needs of tomorrow." The organization is based on the idea that industry should drive a collaborative effort to encourage educational and career opportunities to high school students -- placing them in internship and apprenticeship programs of local companies utilizing an exclusive agreement with Kelly Engineering Resources and Kelly Services. For local companies, the program means having access to a better-trained workforce and making connections with promising students through their internship and apprenticeship programs. www.careertechedfoundation.org
Kelly Services: Kelly Services (NASDAQ: KELYA) (NASDAQ: KELYB) is a leader in providing workforce solutions. Kelly offers a comprehensive array of outsourcing and consulting services as well as world-class staffing on a temporary, temporary-to-hire and direct-hire basis. Serving clients around the globe, Kelly provides employment to 480,000 employees annually. Revenue in 2009 was $4.3 billion. Visit www.kellyservices.com.
-- Kelly Engineering Resources (KER) and Kelly Information Technology Resources (KITR) are specialty services of Kelly Services. KER, www.kellyengineering.com, has grown to be recognized as a leading provider of engineering resources to customers in such industries as automotive, chemical, defense, electronics, energy, medical device and pharmaceutical. KER provides services on a global basis, as does KITR. Kelly IT Resources, www.kellyit.com, places information technology specialists across a comprehensive scope of services, including security analyses, network engineering, business analyses, project management, database administration, software engineering, and desktop support.
Media Contact: Pam Bittaker Science Center firstname.lastname@example.org (727) 384-0027 x. 229
SOURCE: Kelly Services, Inc.
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