Teens Explore Careers Camp

Teens Explore Careers Camp

NEW DATES: June 16-21

Note that Jackson, Cheyenne, and Casper school districts all clashed with the first set of dates chosen for the Teens Explore Careers Camp.

CASPER – Registration for the free Teens Explore Careers Camp (TECC) on June 16-21, 2023 at Casper College is now open at cyberwyoming.org/camp.  Registration is limited to 20 high school young women.

TECC is a camp for girls to explore their digital world in a career setting, is the creation of CyberWyoming Alliance and Casper College, funded by a grant through the Daniels Fund and is based on young women’s career interests and hobbies.

 “We ran teen focus groups for young women in Rock Springs, Laramie, Casper and Buffalo during the fall of 2021 so we could really create a relevant security camp based on the girls’ interests,” said Laura Baker, President of the CyberWyoming Alliance.

Overwhelmingly the focus groups showed that teen girls wanted camps that were relevant to their career interests.  The top industries included legal/law enforcement, social work/psychology, healthcare, design/architecture, and the arts.

“Focus group participants said they wanted real world skills and knowledge,” said Baker.

Using the data from the focus groups, CyberWyoming Alliance and Casper College collaborated to secure grant funding and develop a cybersecurity camp just for young women that could be run by non-technical people. In response, Baker and Marjorie Anderson of Casper College developed two outlines for camps. 

“If cybersecurity is to be normalized,” said Anderson, “then we need a camp that can be run by ordinary people without any specific networking, cybersecurity, or coding skills.”

The first is a healthcare ransomware scenario where, after touring a real hospital, the young women will play the parts in admissions, the emergency room, radiology, billing, and social work.  But, the staged hospital will experience a ransomware attack and no incident response plan is available.

The second outline highlights intellectual property theft in an businessl/creative firm and will be presented to the campers in a murder mystery setting highlighting digital forensics and data protection.  It is designed to teach students about copyrights, trademarks, intellectual property, confidentiality, and crime investigation.

Both themes will feature industry speakers, real life situations, and fun activities over the 5 day camp.

About the CyberWyoming Alliance
The CyberWyoming Alliance is a statewide, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Laramie whose mission is to increase cybersecurity awareness, education and outreach in communities across the State of Wyoming.  Information can be found at www.cyberwyoming.org/alliance or info@cyberwyoming.org.

About Casper College

Casper College offers an AAS Cybersecurity and a Certificate in Cybersecurity that prepares students for entry level IT positions, cyber-based jobs in networking or data, or to transition into a Bachelor’s degree program.

About the Daniels Fund

The Daniels Fund, established by cable television pioneer Bill Daniels, is a private charitable foundation dedicated to making life better for the people of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming through its grants program, scholarship program, and ethics initiative. Visit DanielsFund.org to learn more.


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