CyberPatriot Designates Rose State College "Center of Excellence"

      CyberPatriot Designates Rose State College "Center of Excellence"

PR Newswire

ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 3, 2013

ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The Air Force
Association's CyberPatriot program has announced Rose State College of
Oklahoma as its fourth CyberPatriot Center of Excellence.

CyberPatriot, the nation's largest and fastest growing high school cyber
defense competition, is AFA's flagship science, technology, engineering and
mathematics (STEM) program dedicated to strengthening cyber skills among
American youth. Competitors also gain valuable knowledge from the expertise of
CyberPatriot's many supporters, including the Northrop Grumman Foundation,
CyberPatriot's presenting sponsor.

The Center of Excellence designation is awarded to communities and
institutions that provide leadership and support to further the educational
experiences of their students through the CyberPatriot program. CyberPatriot
established the Centers of Excellence program in 2011, and thus far, three
other entities – the Los Angeles Unified School District, the City of San
Antonio and the Spokane School District – have been recognized.

Rose State Collegeis acommunity college located inMidwest City, Oklahoma.
Since the creation of CyberPatriot in 2008, Rose State College has been
energetically involved in the CyberPatriot program. They have actively
collaborated with the AFA Gerrity Chapter to utilize all aspects of available
communication and collaboration to recruit CyberPatriot teams and grow the
program in their region.

In addition, Rose State College funds professors and student assistants to
provide CyberPatriot workshops to interested high school teams, and have been
instrumental in garnering support of the entire state, from the Governor,
Secretary of Education, Secretary of Commerce and many Oklahoma communities.

"Rose State has engaged many individuals in their community, and their
unyielding support has not gone unnoticed as they have spurred great interest
in their communities on tackling the challenges ahead in cyber," said Bernie
Skoch, CyberPatriot Commissioner. "Both Rose State and the Air Force
Association understand the answer to the challenges our nation faces in
cyberspace lies in 'people' – training today's youth to be the next generation
of cyber experts, and Rose State has developed innovative ways to sustain an
environment for continued learning in cyber and technology. We congratulate
them on their designation as our fourth CyberPatriot Center of Excellence."

To see more about CyberPatriot's Center of Excellence Certificates, go to

The Air Force Association is a non-profit, independent, professional military
and aerospace education association. Our mission is to promote a dominant
United States Air Force and a strong national defense, and to honor Airmen and
our Air Force Heritage. To accomplish this, we:

  oEDUCATE the public on the critical need for unmatched aerospace power and
    a technically superior workforce to ensure U.S. national security.
  oADVOCATE for aerospace power and STEM education.
  oSUPPORT the Total Air Force family and promote aerospace education.

AFA has 200 chapters nationally and internationally representing more than
105,000 members. Visit AFA at

SOURCE Air Force Association

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