Gadsden County students complete cybersecurity summer camp

June 27, 2018

Campers and leader Jessica GriffinTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (June 27, 2018)—Nine Gadsden County middle school students recently completed a cybersecurity-focused summer camp hosted by Tallahassee Community College. The camp ran from June 11 through June 15 and took place at the TCC Gadsden Center.

Camp goers were introduced to different career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and were taught important cyber defense skills on Ubuntu and Windows operating systems.

Jessica Griffin, coordinator of TCC’s Applied Cybersecurity certificate program, said, “One of the most valuable things for the kids is to get exposure to the tools and applications that are on the computer and become aware that there is more than Google and YouTube.”

Campers also took part in a team competition simulating real cybersecurity situations faced by industry professionals. Eighth-grade students Ruben Vasquez, Terrance Chisolm and Makari Vickers competed together on the winning team. They attributed their success to teamwork and cooperation. While winning the competition was very rewarding, Vasquez, who attends North Florida Christian School in Tallahassee, said his favorite part of camp was learning how to prevent cyberbullying.

Over the week, camp participants were encouraged to consider what they want to pursue as a career. Vickers, a student at Crossroad Academy Charter School in Quincy, hopes to pursue a career as a neurosurgeon or work in the field of cybersecurity. Chisolm, also a student at Crossroad Academy, would like to pursue a career in sports reporting or cybersecurity.

Financial support for the camp was provided by the TCC Foundation and Taking Stock in Children. Lunch for all camp goers was supplied by the Gadsden County School Board Summer Feeding Program.

Another cybersecurity camp is taking place this week at TCC’s main campus. A third session for rising sixth to ninth graders will be offered at the TCC Wakulla Center from July 16 to July 20. The camp at the Wakulla Center still has openings.

All camps are official Air Force Association camps approved by the National Youth Cyber Education Program.

For information, contact Jessica Griffin at griffinj@tcc.fl.edu or (850) 201-8761.