Cyber P-TECH at Sam Houston High School will debut in 2019 as the only Pathways in Technology Early College High School in San Antonio.
The program, according to San Antonio School District, will have a focus on preparing students with the skills, credentials and an industry-specific associate degree necessary for high-wage, high-demand careers in cybersecurity.
Under the model, within four to six years, students will be able to earn a high school diploma, an associate degree, a two-year post-secondary certificate or industry certification, and complete work-based training through internships, apprenticeships or other job-training programs.
The program at Sam Houston High School will be a school within a school model. Applications will be accepted Nov. 26 – Feb. 8 from incoming 9th grade students throughout Bexar County for the 2019-2020 school year. It will ultimately become a full 9-12th grade high school, with a new grade being phased in each year.
The Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 22 in 2017, paving the way for school districts to work with the Texas Education Agency to launch P-TECH programs. In the P-TECH model, schools partner with Texas institutions of higher education and regional businesses and industries, giving students post-secondary education and workforce training opportunities.
Cyber P-TECH at Sam Houston will partner with St. Philip’s College, within the Alamo Colleges District, pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. St. Philip’s College has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.
Through St. Philip’s, Cyber P-TECH students will have the opportunity to earn an Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology Cybersecurity Specialist degree. The degree will prepare students to design, implement and secure computer networks. Students with this degree will be able to install security software, monitor networks for security breaches, respond to cyber-attacks and gather data and evidence to be used in prosecuting cybercrime.
As early as students’ second year in the program, they will be able to earn an Information Technology industry certification. As high school juniors, they will have the opportunity to earn CompTIA Linux and CompTIA Security certifications. By the fall of their senior year, they will be able to earn an Information Technology Cybersecurity Specialist Level 1 certificate. As early as the spring of their senior year, students can earn associate degrees specifically tied to the cybersecurity industry.
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San Antonio Students Win National Math Competition
A group of four San Antonio girls, called “Little Figures,” have recently garnered media attention for their winning math video that won a national competition this past May.
The four-person team, Breanna Hutchison, Londyn Hall, Iman Zakaria, and Lindsey Simmons, competed against hundreds of other students across the United States in The Math Video Challenge, which empowers students to take their math and problem-solving skills to the next level with a creative video project. The San Antonio team got to travel to Washington, D.C. for the MATHCOUNTS banquet to get their winning trophies and scholarships.
For the project, students have to work together to create a video that explains the solution to a problem and demonstrates a real-world application of the math concept. Combining art, writing, math, acting and technology, this program makes learning math interactive and fun for students.
The “Little Figures” team created their five-minute video based off of the “Hidden Figures” movie, the story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program. Recently, the “Little Figures” team got the privilege to meet Margot Lee Shetterly, the author of the “Hidden Figures” book at St. Philip’s College for its September President’s Lecture. The “Little Figures” team is also a part of the San Antonio chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers Jr.
The “Little Figures” team isn’t taking a break. They are working on the sequel to hopefully win the competition again for 2019.
Monster Tech Fest Introduces High School Students to Fun Careers
St. Philip’s College will host its annual free 2018 Monster Tech Fest: Sixth Anniversary Edition on Nov. 16 from 9:30 am to 2 pm at the college’s Southwest Campus at 800 Quintana Road. The event connects prospective college students with solid opportunities to study with SPC and gain professional practical experience with SPC’s industry partners for well-paid local jobs.
The 2018 lineup includes Michael Alanis, a 24-year-old singer/songwriter from San Antonio, performing live outdoors in his Monster Tech Fest debut for area high school students.
The St. Philip’s College Commercial Driver’s License program team is among the 2018 debut exhibitors, bringing in both a 70-foot-long truck and faculty to give information and answer questions. A popular return guest is Sergio Guerra, a Special FX makeup artist, and former contestant in the Sy-Fy Channel reality series, “Face Off.”
St. Philip’s College traditionally hosts 600 high school students at Monster Tech Fest programs. The Halloween-themed program provides high school students the opportunity to make decisions about their futures as they collect college program information from career, technical and STEM education faculty in a fun atmosphere.
Held after Halloween this year due to a combination of both weather and rescheduling considerations, the Monster Tech Fest includes more than 20 academic programs for students in such lucrative fields as robotics, surgery and automation, plus outdoor fun, food trucks and booths, a car show, live band, DJ entertainment, complimentary group photography, a mobile video game truck and St. Philip’s College gear giveaways.
The following St. Philip’s College programs have confirmed participation in Monster Tech Fest: Sixth Anniversary Edition:
- Alternative Energy and Power Generation
- Auto Collision
- Biomedical Engineering
- Business Information Systems
- Electrical Trades
- Health Information
- Histologic Technician
- Medical Lab Technician
- SAISD Phoenix Program
- SPC Recruitment
- Testing Center
- Texas Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education/Advanced Manufacturing Technology
- Tiger 1 Electric Car
- Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts
- Vocational Nursing
For information on the Monster Tech Fest: Sixth Anniversary Edition contact Manuel Navarro, college middle college programs director, at (210) 486–7015 or email email@example.com.
West Side San Antonio Gets UTSA Boost
In the next few years, the West Side of San Antonio near downtown is going to get a lot more upgrades thanks to the University of Texas at San Antonio.
The San Antonio City Council unanimously approved the sale of two city-owned lots located at 506 Dolorosa and 702 Dolorosa which will support UTSA’s School of Data Science, National Security Collaboration Center, as well as the construction of faculty and student housing.
“This is a catalytic investment which will spur economic growth, and help to erase the false boundary highways like I-10 can create,” Councilman Roberto Treviño said. “It will connect the campus and many West Side neighborhoods, such as Prospect Hill, to our urban core where the efforts of our students and professionals can be leveraged with new and emerging partnerships with the private sector.
In September, UTSA received a $70 million commitment from the University of Texas System Board of Regents for construction of two new facilities at its Downtown Campus for a National Security Collaboration Center and a proposed School of Data Science.
According to a study conducted by Frost & Sullivan for the Center for Cyber Safety and Education, two-thirds of global cybersecurity employers said they did not have enough employees to address current threats. By 2022, it is estimated there will be a demand for an additional 1.8 million information security and technology professionals in the United States to keep critical information and intellectual property safe.
The National Security Collaboration Center will comprise 80,000-square-feet of innovation space, laboratories and research facilities and will serve as a hub for government, university and industry partners in the cybersecurity field. It will focus on forensics, visualization and analytics, network security, cyber training/workforce development, big data analytics and privacy, post-quantum cryptography, cyber physical systems and embedded security, security of the cloud, attack and threat modeling and mitigation, machine learning and artificial intelligence, platform and software integrity, and hardware integrity.
UTSA has already established federal partnership agreements with the National Security Agency, U.S. Army Research Laboratory, the U.S. Secret Service, 24th Air Forces Cyber and 25th Air Force. To further strengthen the ecosystem, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories have all executed partnership agreements with UTSA to work within the NSCC.
The proposed School of Data Science will include UTSA’s existing departments of Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Statistics & Data Sciences, Information Systems and Cyber Security, and the UTSA Open Cloud Institute. These departments will be co-located in the new facility.
UTSA will continue to offer bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and certificate programs to expand the pipeline of highly trained professionals who protect government and business networks. Enrollment in these programs is expected to grow significantly after the new building is opened.
The UTSA Downtown Campus is also home to the UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, the UTSA College of Public Policy, and several programs in the UTSA College of Education and Human Development.
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