“The spiraling nature of tech necessitates private programs to allow institutions to keep up with new threats,” says Jack Makhlouf, Chief Learning Architect for eLearning Mind. “University and college systems alone can’t keep pace.” Instructional designer Eunjae Kim agrees. “University degrees operate on theory-based learning,” she says. “For the U.S. to compete, graduates need more hands-on practice.”
That’s where eLearning steps in: A pilot program introduced at the annual CISSE Cybersecurity Education Summit proposes hands-on, real-life STEM-based tech training to help prep K-12 learners for learning and careers in cybersecurity. It’s a small effort now, but a promising development in the war on cyber threats and an increasing need for intervention.
Using K-12 learners as the insurance against threats to homeland security? It’s fairly revolutionary; and exactly the kind of solution that keeps the United States moving in the right direction.
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