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CyberPatriot Center of Excellence

Regional cyber-education program named CyberPatriot Center of Excellence

Metro Augusta’s youth cyber-education program has been named the nation’s CyberPatriot Center of Excellence for two consecutive years.

The designation by the Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot Program Office makes the local program the 15th in the nation – and the only in Georgia and South Carolina – to receive the honor.

The local program, which promotes STEM programs to area K-12 schoolchildren to strengthen their cyber skills and develop a future cybersecurity workforce, was created in 2016 through the nonprofit CSRA Alliance for Fort Gordon, which coordinates the seven-county Fort Gordon Cyber District initiative.

Alliance for Fort Gordon Executive Director Tom Clark said in a statement Monday the recognition was the result of work by the Alliance’s cyber education committee as well as “our region’s school superintendents, our region’s strong business partnerships, our 100 CyberPatriot regional teams and the Fort Gordon Adopt-a-School program.”