LCPS Earns Honor for Cybersecurity Program

LCPS Earns Honor for Cybersecurity Program
Posted on 12/17/2020

Louisa County Public Schools is thrilled to announce it is one of just five finalists in the U.S. Department of Education’s Rural Tech Project! The U.S. Department of Education announced this project in an effort to advance technology education, support rural educators, and prepare students for the careers of today and tomorrow. The five finalists were announced by video on the department’s social media channels on December 17th.


Louisa County Public Schools was selected thanks to its plans to develop a cybersecurity program that will launch for the 2021-2022 school year. As a result of being selected as one of five finalists -- and the only finalist from Virginia -- LCPS has earned a $100,000 cash prize to go towards the program. The goal of the cybersecurity program will be to prepare students to enter the workforce with industry credentials upon graduation or to attend a postsecondary program. Students will also be able to choose a two-year or four-year pace for the program and will select final-semester coursework that targets specific industry pathways.


“At Louisa County Public Schools, we take tremendous pride in preparing our students for the competitive, global, 21st-century workforce,” LCPS Superintendent Doug Straley said. “I am tremendously proud of this school division -- and our community as a whole -- for showing what excellence in public education looks like, and for embracing the Virginia Department of Education’s 5Cs of communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and citizenship. Our cybersecurity program is an exciting new venture that we believe will be another way for our students to master these skills and for our school division to fulfill our mission of challenging students to reach their maximum potential.”


As part of the project, The U.S. Department of Education fielded more than 60 applications from across the nation. During summer 2023, the five finalists will document their outcomes and learnings in a final submission; a judging panel will then recommend one grand-prize winner to receive an additional $100,000. 


The Rural Tech Project will also compile insights from all finalist teams and share lessons learned as a resource for other communities.


FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Andrew Woolfolk

Public Information Officer

Louisa County Public Schools  

540-872-1080 (cell)

woolfoal@lcps.k12.va.us
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