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April 22, 2019

University of Detroit Mercy’s Center for Cyber Security & Intelligence Studies will host more than 300 students, their mentors and coaches at CyberPatriot Con from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 3 at the McNichols Campus.

The event celebrates the completion of the 11th season of CyberPatriot, a National Youth Cyber Education Program created by the Air Force Association (AFA) to inspire K-12 students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future. More than 6,000 teams competed in head-to-head competition in a virtual environment. Over the years, the Michigan CyberPatriot program began with just four teams and has grown to more than 142 teams.

During the May 3 event, students will learn about the varied education and career tracks in Cybersecurity. In addition, teams will receive insight and advice on how to improve for the next season and participate in various games and activities during the day. Mentors and team leaders will learn about the nuts and bolts of the CyberPatriot Program, educational programs available for this field, the various career tracks in Cybersecurity and more.

Speakers will include cybersecurity expert Dann Lohrmann; Los Angeles Coaches Allen Stubblefield and Yenny Yi; and Chris Sorensen, a cybersecurity expert at GE Digital and current coach at Trenton High School. Additionally, Michigan Senator Gary Peters will give participants a video shout-out during the program.

Sponsorships and exhibitor tables are still available. To learn more, please visit https://bit.ly/2IaHzHo.

In addition, this event provides an opportunity for Detroit Mercy to promote the study of cybersecurity to prospective students, parents and teachers. It also allows the university to create good community relations and foster a stronger relationship with community colleges and their students, who may seek careers in cybersecurity.

Detroit Mercy’s Center for Cyber Security & Intelligence Studies is the founding member of the Midwest Chapter of CISSE (http://www.mcisse.info/home.html). The University, along with other institutions, have earned recognition by the National Security Agency as centers of academic excellence in information assurance education and formed a coalition called MCISSE in 2006.

For more information about the Midwest CISSE Chapter (MCISSE) CyberPatriot Program, visit https://micyberpatriot.com. For additional information about the national CyberPatriot program, visit https://www.uscyberpatriot.org.

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