ABOUT iFORCE

Institute for Cybersecurity Education (iForCE) is committed to the development and implementation of cybersecurity education at the secondary school level. Our mission is to to equip High School students with the fundamental cyber security skills and certifications for compliance with DoDD 8570 and entry level employment as a cybersecurity professional. To achieve this, we have developed and implemented the best secondary cybersecurity track currently in use. iForce continuously seeks to develop, promote, implement, support, teach and track cybersecurity education at the secondary school level.

We are the only organization to successfully develop and implement a secondary cybersecurity course track during the normal school day and year. What that means is, high school students can use elective periods beginning with the 9th grade and continuing through the 12th grade, to take specific courses, in a specific sequence, culminating in job ready skills. Compliance with our cyber security track matriculation requirements include:

  • Being where you are supposed to be (95% Attendance rate)
  • When you are supposed to be there (99% On time rate)
  • Doing what you are supposed to be doing (3.0 or higher GPA)
  • While meeting or exceeding productivity standards (Build Virtual Portfolio, Earn Certifications and Compete in Cyber Security Competitions)

SPONSORSHIP

Sponsorship is available to any organization engaged in the business of cybersecurity: corporate, LLC, partnership, non-profit, certifying body, higher education, news/media, education publisher or as determined by the membership committee.

Registered users are Teachers (grades 9-12), and Secondary Students (grades 9-12). Any secondary school is eligible; public, private, charter or home school.


Mike Miklich

Mike Miklich founded iForCE in 2009 with the goal of equipping students for the cyber security industry.

The iForCE Program is an advanced formal four year high school CTE Cyber Security track, intended to be implemented as a CTE track, and offered to the general school population, or at IT Specialty schools with enrollment and matriculation requirements. The purpose of the Cyber Security Program is to attract both traditional and non-traditional students to Cyber Security Careers specifically, and STEM/CTE careers in general.

The focus of this program is Cyber Security for the following reasons; first, cyber security is the number 1 job field for the next 20 years, some suggest up to 50. Second, there are a high number of job openings currently, as many as 1,000,000, approximately 15% of which only require a high school diploma. Third, there is a concentrated strategic shift in defense contracting to hire students directly out of high school, in some cases while the students are still in high school. Fourth, there is a critical shortage of cyber security professionals who are natural citizens of the United States of America. Fifth, there is a national need for a cyber security professional pipeline, the college system has yet to produce the number of professionals needed, and some are looking to this program as being that very pipeline. Lastly, students are interested in ethical hacking while parents are interested in the preparedness that iForCE provides for their children.

The Program’s Workforce Readiness Outcome are students who are equipped with the fundamental certifications and skills required for mid-level employment in cyber security, while meeting, and exceeding DoD 8570 requirements. The Program’s Professional Workplace Readiness Outcome are highly employable students who have demonstrated the ability to be where they are supposed to be, when they are supposed to be there, doing what they are supposed to be doing, while meeting or exceeding company stated outcomes as it relates to productivity and quality. The Program’s Education Outcome are students who are engaged in the learning process from a young age, and maintained throughout the middle and high school years, while adhering to high standards of school community involvement, both on and off campus behavior and academic performance, with an emphasis on mathematics.

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