CyberCity Summer Camp Introduces Kids to Computer Security and College

From: Public Affairs

June 13, 2008

Nearly 40 participants in Virginia have been selected to receive full scholarships to CyberCity technology summer camp at James Madison University.

Sponsored by JMU’s College of Business, the June 25-28 program is designed to introduce young students to potential careers in the field of computer information systems. While learning theoretical lessons about how to maintain the security of computer information systems, the students also will work on projects such as creating Web sites and installing secure wireless networks. Teachers will develop technology skills to support students as they return to their respective schools.

“These kids don’t know where their skills can go yet,” says 2007 CyberCity co-director Dr. Tom Dillon, professor of computer information systems and management science. “Some of the things they’ll get out of this program are where computer technology is going and the opportunities they will have in the future.”

The program includes sessions on preparing for college and how to be a successful business major. Students attending the camp will receive digital cameras for creating their Web projects and then to take home. Teachers will receive technology teaching tools for their classrooms. The program is funded by James Madison University’s College of Business (CoB), the CoB Executive Advisory Council and individual donors.

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