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Northwest Florida State College GenCyber
Application and Selection Criteria

What: GenCyber Face-to-Face Retreat
When: June 12-16, 2023
Time: 8am-4pm
Who: K-12 Licensed Teachers in Okaloosa County Schools, FL or Walton County Schools, FL
Hosted by: NWFSC
Funded jointly by the National Security Agency (NSA) and National Science Foundation (NSF).

The GenCyber program retreat will increase cybersecurity awareness for K-12 teachers, empowering them to teach cybersecurity classes. Cybersecurity jobs require formal education beyond high school, such as a bachelor’s degree and additional professional certifications; GenCyber will inform teachers of these requirements so that they can share information with students who are interested in pursuing cybersecurity as a career. In addition, instructors will learn to increase students’ awareness of dangers, such as hacking and identity theft and how cybersecurity can help, even if students do not pursue it as a career. Educating teachers about cybersecurity provides them with the tools to teach their students to better protect their data in the future. This event will also feature guest speakers from the cybersecurity world to include the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office and NWFSC.

Two components of the program are the summer camp and the post-workshop follow up activities.

Each participant will receive a backpack, t-shirt, other promotional items, and a $1,000 stipend when ALL retreat program requirements are completed.

Any K-12 teachers from the Okaloosa County Schools, FL and Walton County Schools, FL are eligible.

Teachers must meet the following criteria:

  • Valid K-12 teaching license in Florida
  • Teaching in Okaloosa or Walton County Schools
  • Certification of U.S. Citizenship
  • Commitment to attendance June 12-16, 2023
  • Commitment to complete follow up activities
  • Submission of application BY April 30, 2023
  • Reference from school administrator
  • All program requirements must be met in order to qualify for the stipend

Contact US

Any questions please send an email to
Tanner McKinley
Ext 6653