Information Technology: Highlights
The Career and Technical Education (CTE) team within the NYC Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Readiness is developing a plan to support NYC’s cybersecurity workforce talent pipeline by developing cybersecurity-focused curriculum materials, work-based learning opportunities and teacher training for CTE IT programs. The need for skilled cyber professionals is imminent in NYC. Cybersecurity is an ever-growing and developing part of this sector which has experienced a significant presence in NYC. In 2018, the NYC Economic Development Corporation announced plans for a $30 million investment of city funds, coupled with up to $70 million in private investment, that would go towards creating up to 10,000 cybersecurity jobs in NYC. CTE IT students represent an untapped talent pool for private sector and government jobs. Beginning in the Spring of 2019, a committee of cybersecurity industry leaders and postsecondary partners convened to review current cybersecurity high school curricula as well as skills maps for entry-level roles in the industry. The finalized curricula will be made available to all CTE IT programs so that other schools can start cybersecurity programs or include cybersecurity lessons within their IT classes. Beginning in the Fall of 2019, an in-house master trainer will lead trainings for other teachers on this curriculum. The committee will continue to advise as needed to ensure learning objectives are meeting industry standards.
Additionally, with support from Cisco and in partnership with the New York Institute of Technology, cybersecurity professional development was offered in the Spring and Summer of 2019 to all CTE IT educators. The training provided an introduction to Cisco Cybersecurity Fundamentals followed by advanced training in Cyber Ops for teachers who were already certified in CCNA.
High-quality Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs provide high school students with rigorous academic preparation and industry-validated credentials, linked to relevant work experiences in high-demand industries. Locally and nationally, education and business leaders are leveraging CTE as a powerful economic development strategy. As NYCDOE looks to further strengthen its existing CTE programs, we are seeking employers to host CTE teachers in an immersive summer externship. CTE externships are customized professional development experiences that occur within an industry-specific workplace, providing an “on the ground” understanding of economic and career trends impacting students, as well as work-based norms that can inform instructional practices. Employer hosts will indirectly influence the city’s future workforce, one teacher at a time.