Cybersecurity is a leading and emerging area of significant importance to the future of our society. The Innovation Center has many opportunities for students to engage in this fast growing career sector.

Check out this article highlighting some of the work from the Innovation Center Cybersecurity team from the Longmont Leader. 

Pathway Overview

Course Offerings

Intro to Cybersecurity: CTE80120: Summer, Fall, & Spring

  • Open to all 9-12th graders (No prerequisites)

508,000 That is the number of jobs that are currently unfilled in the field of Cybersecurity. Cybersecurity is an in-demand field that affects all industries. Cybersecurity threats are ongoing and pose risks for individuals and corporations alike. In this course, students will learn how to protect themselves and businesses from these attackers. This course will delve into the following topics: Citizen Security, Encryption, Types of Attacks, Networking, Cyber Defense, Ethics and Law, and Risk Management. We will use hands-on activities with industry tools to engage students.

Python in Cybersecurity: CTE80125: Fall & Spring

  • Open to all 9-12th graders (Coding knowledge preferred, but not required)
  • The cost of the certification exam is $59 and students will pay for their own certification.

Python is an extremely versatile language that is used by startups and tech giants in the field such as Google, IBM, Drop Box, and Facebook to list a few. In the first quarter of this course, we will go through the basics of Python including: data types, variables, conditional statements, looping, functions, text files, and OOP. In the second half of this course, we will apply our Python programming knowledge to Cybersecurity related needs such as password cracking, automating systems, ethical hacking, and forensics. At the end of this course, students will have the opportunity to take the PCEP – Certified Entry Level Python Programming Certification. 

Ethical Hacking: CTE80130: Fall

  • Must have completed either intro to Cybersecurity (CTE80120) or Cyber Patriots
  • Open to 10-12th graders

This course will be an introduction to the principles and techniques associated with the cybersecurity practice known as penetration testing or ethical hacking. The course covers planning, reconnaissance, scanning, exploitation, post-exploitation, and result reporting. The student discovers how system vulnerabilities can be exploited and learns to avoid such problems.  Students can practice what they have learned in a cloud based infrastructure with hands-on labs.  These labs will simulate real life scenarios and will be accessible on any device that has a browser and an internet connection.

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