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Local Student Named Finalist in National Cyber Scholarship Foundation Competition

Karson Durocher with Josh Goodrich, Networking & Cybersecurity instructor at the Career Center.  Photo courtesy Jackson Area Career Center. (June 3, 2022 4:08 PM) Karson Durocher, a senior from Western High School and Jackson Area Career Center Networking & Cybersecurity student, has been named a Finalist by the National Cyber Scholarship Foundation (NCSF) for his performance in a challenging online cybersecurity training program. In recognition of his achievement, Durocher earned an invitation to participate in the Cyber Foundations Academy – a multi-week online program based on the nationally-recognized SANS Foundations training course and certification – valued at more than $3,000. In April, twenty students from the Career Center’s Networking & Cybersecurity program participated in CyberStart America, an immersive cybersecurity training game for high school students that has more than 200 fun-to-play challenges that require them to solve real-world cybersecurity problems. Students who scored highly in the CyberStart America training program were invited to apply for a scholarship award offered by the National Cyber Scholarship Foundation (NCSF). More than 45,000 students across the nation competed, with 4,127 having the 20,000 needed points to make it to NCS Semifinalist status. In Michigan, 760 students competed, and 64 made it to the NCS…

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