Citadel offering free, all-girl cybersecurity summer camp

The program accepts 8th-12th graders in the Charleston area


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Coding is important, so they keep telling us, and Charleston students will have the opportunity to learn how to do it from experts at The Citadel this summer.

The downtown military college is hosting a five-day, free summer camp for 8th through 12th grade girls starting on July 29.

Applications will be accepted here until Fri. April 26.

The camp, named "GenCyber Citadel – Girls who Smash Codes," is funded in part by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation, according to a press release from The Citadel.

Students will learn about secure coding and cyber crime from five Citadel professors (all Ph.Ds), including Jennifer Albert, a professor of education and the director of the college's STEM Center of Excellence, and Shankar Banik, a professor of computer science and the co-director of the Center for Cyber, Intelligence and Security Studies.

"There is a large demand for cybersecurity professionals in the federal government and private industry," Banik said in a statement. "The Citadel is committed to helping train America’s future cyber defenders who are in college, graduate college, or who are younger and considering careers in cybersecurity."

Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided.

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