Cybersecurity is a growing field in information security, and dual enrollment students at Paul Duke STEM HS are getting a jump on future careers in this field through a partnership between the district, Mercer University, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)-Atlanta Division.
Launched this fall, this new cybersecurity program serves as students’ capstone during their senior year at Paul Duke STEM. The yearlong program meets every Friday, with coursework at Mercer’s Atlanta campus in the morning. During the afternoon session, students collaborate on problems and issues with teams from the FBI. Experiences outside the classroom will include field trips to Mercer’s Macon campus as well as the Atlanta FBI Field Office.
Students who successfully complete the cybersecurity dual enrollment program earn both six hours of college credit and a Carnegie credit toward high school graduation for the two courses completed, all at no cost to the student.