CyberTech 2K1 at Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw State University's pilot CyberTech 2K1 program is now in full swing.

Georgia (Jun 19, 2001) — CyberTech 2K1 at Kennesaw State University

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Kennesaw State University's pilot CyberTech 2K1 program is now in full swing. This strategic educational initiative and innovative program‚ designed to increase interest and improve achievement in science‚ technology and math by students in academically low−performing high schools‚ is the only one of its kind in the nation‚ according to Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics Larry Peterson. Cobb County high school students are the benefactors.



After discussions with Cobb County administrators‚ teachers and industry leaders in technology‚ the College of Science and Mathematics at Kennesaw State developed the program for 30 South Cobb High School rising sophomores and juniors. To qualify‚ students had to exhibit strong mathematics skills‚ excellent grade point averages and good attendance records.



Each morning through the end of June‚ 15 CyberTech 2K1 students are learning to trouble−shoot hardware and software computer system problems. The other 15 students are participating in the computer−programming track designed as preparation for the advanced placement computer science course. Each track offers tutorials‚ computer lab experiences and guest speakers from the business sector.



"We believe this novel program can serve as a nationwide model in science and mathematics education‚" said Peterson. "In addition‚ CyberTech 2K1 creates a K−12 link to Gov. Roy Barnes' Yamacraw initiative‚ a strategically important economic development program that has the goal of making Georgia one of the top five high−tech areas in the world.



"On June 30‚ we will have a full graduation ceremony for students who complete the program‚" continued Peterson. "We see the graduates as potential role models in South Cobb High who will motivate other students to consider careers in science and mathematics."



Peterson plans to expand the program next summer to include additional area high schools and has applied for a trademark for the name CyberTech 2Kn.



Corporate sponsors for the program include BellSouth‚ Dell Computer Corp. and Course Technology. The student participants each received scholarships from KSU to cover tuition.



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Kennesaw State University‚ a progressive‚ comprehensive institution with a growing student population of 13‚500‚ offers more than 50 degree programs. Out of 34 institutions‚ KSU is the sixth largest in the University System of Georgia.


 

A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu

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