- ACE is comprised of colleges in Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina.
- Provides self-paced online courses to prepare faculty to teach cyberforensics courses.
- Provides comprehensive curriculum allowing schools to bootstrap course offerings.
- Creating certificates in cybersecurity/forensics to facilitate workforce retraining.
- Partner with K-12 organizations to provide hands-on cyber curriculum and activities as a pathway to higher education.
Since January of 2013, ACE has had a positive impact cybersecurity and cyberforensics education for k-12 and college students. Seventy 9-12 graders participated in multi-day hands-on cyber camps held in Florida and North Carolina, and cyber clubs are being rolled out to 12 schools in consortium states. 302 college students have completed at least one of the four core courses.
An important function of ACE is faculty development: providing faculty members with training and the tools to offer courses in a streamlined fashion at their institutions. Our train-the-trainer program consists of four self-paced, online courses targeting four core cyberforensics courses. The courses were created by the PI and Co-PI, who have a combined 35 years of experience in cyberforensics, and 20 years experience teaching online. The courses include 130 high-quality video lectures, hands-on assignments with keys, quizzes, reading materials, and slides. There are currently 14 faculty members participating in the program.
ACE provides students with high-quality, hands-on educational experiences to increase marketability in the cybersecurity/forensics sectors of business and government. Additionally, faculty members have access to our self-paced, online train-the-trainer program consisting of four cyberforensics courses, the contents of which may be repurposed for their own course offerings.
We leverage partnerships with organizations that provide school to workforce transitions, such as partnering with Kelly Services, and its subsidiaries, to provide internships in technical fields to high school students. Since the inception of this partnership in 2009, 283 high school students have been placed in over 15 companies. The career sectors of these placements are in STEM-related fields including civil, mechanical, electrical engineering and computer science.
An ACE goal is to expand placement to include cybersecurity/forensics-related positions. Additionally we are collaborating with the DoD’s Cyber Crime Center to provide pathways for academic programs to obtain the DoD’s National Centers of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence (CDFAE) designation. Students graduating from CDFAE designated programs will be better prepared to pass industry-standard certifications, congruent with the DoD 8570 Information Assurance Workforce Improvement Program Directive.
Additionally state leads are implementing cybersecurity/forensics certificates that will target current and displaced workers who require retraining as a means of acquiring new skills, or maintaining currency in their positions.