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The Department of Homeland Security has crafted a new honors program to entice community college students into its cybersecurity programs.
The Cyber Student Initiative, part of the Secretary Honors Program, will start at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement labs in several dozen cities, including Tampa, Fla.; Washington, D.C.; Boston, Mass.; and Atlanta, Ga.; across the country. The labs will give the students hands-on cybersecurity experience.
“DHS is committed to providing opportunities for the next generation of cyber professionals,” DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano said in a statement. “The Secretary’s Honors Program CyberStudent Initiative will offer current students the opportunity to learn more about the critical skills and experience needed to succeed and protect our nation from evolving cyber threats.”
DHS has said that it will partner with community colleges to encourage students to apply for the program and work with the Veterans Administration as well as the American Association of Community Colleges.
DHS will accept applications for the honors program until May 3.
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