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GENCyber of South Florida - Students

About the program

GenCyber of South Florida serves high school students from Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) that are interested in exploring the field of cybersecurity through a ten-day summer program. This free of cost experience is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to be good digital citizens and protect their information assets, and to expose them to the field of cybersecurity—an in-demand technology profession that is essential across all industries.

program advantages

Students interested in the growing technology industry receive a competitive advantage over their peers by:

  • Learning cybersecurity concepts and tools to counteract cyber threats
  • Being exposed to real-world cyberattacks through simulations at the Cybersecurity Center of the Americas, a state-of-the-art facility
  • Exploring the evolving field of cybersecurity and learning about the pathways for students to become a cybersecurity professional
  • Attending a workshop led by a cybersecurity professional and a field trip to a technology-based facility
  • Earning the Certified Secure Computer User (CSCU) certification from EC-Council

Enrolling in the Program

Program Launch: GenCyber of South Florida is scheduled on June 14 to 23, 2021. The program will be offered online through MDC’s Cybersecurity Center of the Americas.
Eligibility: High school juniors and seniors from M-DCPS with an interest in the field of technology and/or an interest in acquiring skills needed to protect their and their families’ informational assets.

Application: The application process will open during the 2020-21 academic year.
For more information, contact us as cybersecuritycenter@mdc.edu

leadership team

  • Program Director: Monica Minchala, Director of Program Development, School of Engineering, Technology and Design
  • Lead Instructor: Justin Burandt, Instructor Cybersecurity Center of the Americas


The program is supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Security Agency and GenCyber.

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