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Exploring Cybersecurity at the King Career Cafe’

Various career pathways were explored through hands-on learning aides when the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Roadshow visited King Middle School. 

 

The program of study targeted for September by the CTE K-8 Career Readiness program is Cybersecurity/Information Technology Support and Services. Students had the opportunity to participate in an interactive cybersecurity and information technology experience while learning about careers in the technology field in the King Career Cafe’.

 

This year, as a part of our CTE students' Level three or four courses, they accompany me on the Roadshow and apply the skills they have learned by teaching our younger students,” said Shamine Cormier, K-8 Career Readiness Specialist.

 

High school cybersecurity students in Lamar Institute of Technology instructor Steven Joiner’s class at the Career and Technical Education Center facilitated the stations. The event was coordinated and structured using small groups, where students were able to get hands-on with the demonstrations.  

 

Stations included how to create electronic links between computers, how to get aerial footage utilizing a drone and how to terminate an ethernet cable. After each demonstration, middle school students were allowed to demonstrate the skill learned.

 

“This event was important for our students because it gave them exposure to careers in the fields of cybersecurity, information technology and STEM in general. Our students were highly engaged in the activities and were talking about how great it was for the rest of the week after the event was held,” said King principal Marian Williams. “I’m convinced that so many of our students will now pursue educational pathways and careers in the STEM field just because of the interest that was sparked during this event.”

 

“This was a great opportunity for our high school students to introduce our middle school students to the Programs of Study we offer in Beaumont ISD which prepares them with the knowledge and skills necessary for success in their chosen career,” Cormier said. “The cybersecurity career is in high demand and growing moderately in relation to the national average growth for all jobs.”