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Community colleges across the nation are implementing or enhancing cybersecurity programs to grow and strengthen the workforce needs of the 21st century. The Community College Cyber Summit (3CS) will help them stay up to par. This event is being hosted at Bossier Parish Community College in Bossier/Shreveport, Louisiana, July 30 to Aug. 1.
Community colleges are accustomed to changing rapidly for workforce needs while providing workers with opportunities to maintain high levels of skill and knowledge. How they address cybersecurity education is no different—practical, adaptable and affordable educational pathways. The 3CS plays a role in that education.
By 2021, cybercrime damage costs are predicted to reach $6 trillion per year while the number of unfilled cybersecurity jobs is expected to triple, according to Cybersecurity Ventures. It’s no wonder so many people are ready to start or advance their cybersecurity careers. That is where 3CS comes in.
3CS is a conference focused solely on educating those responsible for cybersecurity education at community colleges. It helps raise institutions’ capability maturity level while helping them develop new labs, programs, practices, program components, methods of instruction, and courses. The event also includes a Job Fair and Career Exploration, and all-day workshops on Secure Scripting, Cybersecurity Skills Journal, Hands-on Cryptography, and Intro to IBM’s QRadar. New this year are two events catered to girls: IBM CyberDay4Girls (July 29) and Girl Scout Cyber Badge (July 30).
“Our sixth Summit promises to be the best ever, as so many colleagues have offered to give workshops and presentations to showcase and share their expertise. We will have over a hundred breakout sessions across the three days. And our Louisiana hosts are bending over backwards to offer Southern hospitality. This 3CS will be professionally exciting and informative, and enjoyable as well,” said Dr. Bob Spear, 3CS Chair.
Upcoming #3CS2019 events:
Friday, June 7th: Students will receive a notification if their travel stipend application has been approved.
Monday, June 10: Innovations in Cybersecurity Education Award deadline.
Submit HERE.
Monday, July 8Deadline for 3CS Sponsors and Job Fair Employers. View more information HERE.
Friday, July 26: WE GET IT! Louisiana is HOT HOT HOT in July/August. Therefore, we would like to absolve you from all "business casual" packing sins by telling you 100% that we insist you dress casually during #3CS2019! You know the drill... shorts, skirts, sandals, etc. 
Sunday, July 28: 3CS check-in at Horseshoe Casino/Hotel, 1-4 p.m. Sunday Funday at Red River Brewery, 5:30 p.m.
Monday, July 29: Pre-Summit activities include IBM's CyberDay4Girls. 3CS check-in at Horseshoe Casino/Hotel from 2 to 5 p.m. A Louisiana Street Party starts at 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 30: #3CS2019 Day 1 includes all-day Cybersecurity Skills Development Workshops and the Girl Scout Cyber Badge Day. The 3CS Job Fair and Career Exploration is from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Welcome, Innovations in Cybersecurity Education Awards, and keynote at 6 p.m. Krewe of Centaur's second line and an amazing sponsor reception at 7:30 p.m. Your family is invited!
Wednesday, July 31: #3CS2019 Day 2 starts with breakfast at the hotel at 7:30 a.m. Shuttles will bring registrants to BPCC for sponsor expos, concurrent sessions, workshops, presentations, and more!
Thursday, Aug. 1: #3CS2019 Day 3 starts again with a breakfast at the hotel at 7:30 a.m. and then shuttles to BPCC for the second keynote, concurrent sessions, workshops and presentations galore. 3CS ends at noon, leading into the fantastic Louisiana tours of Melrose Plantation Tour, "Us Up North" Culinary Food Tour, and Southern University Museum of Art Tour.
View the whole 3CS schedule HERE.
Funded by National Science Foundation