CyberTech 2K1 graduation program at Kennesaw State University
Kennesaw State University's pilot CyberTech 2K1 program concluded with an exciting and…
Georgia (Jul 2, 2001) — CyberTech 2K1 graduation program at Kennesaw State University
Kennesaw State University's pilot CyberTech 2K1 program concluded with an exciting
and memorable graduation program on June 30. Twenty−nine students from South Cobb
High School received certificates of achievement for completing this innovative computer
science summer program. Anthony Bowen‚ CEO of SPARDI Inc.‚ 1981 graduate of South
Cobb High and 1994 Information Systems graduate of Kennesaw State University‚ was
the graduation speaker. CyberTech 2K1 was designed to attract students‚ especially
under−represented groups‚ into the computer sciences and provide role models in our
high schools to motivate students to excel in science and mathematics courses.
The highlight of the graduation program was a surprise presentation by Scott Campbell‚ Southeast regional sales manager for higher education at Dell Computer Corp.‚ of new state−of−the−art Dell Pentium III desktop computers to each of the graduates in recognition of their achievement. Campbell said "Kennesaw State University's CyberTech 2K1 computer science program has great potential for increasing minority representation in the sciences and at the same time favorably impacting science and mathematics education at academically low−performing high schools. Dell clearly wants to be part of this initiative and considers the award of these computers an investment in the future of our youth."
According to Larry Peterson‚ dean of the College of Science and Mathematics‚ Kennesaw State has applied for a trademark for the name CyberTech 2Kn to brand this unique program and plans to greatly expand the scope of CyberTech 2K2 next summer. "We envision CyberTech 2K2 involving 200−300 students and including 8−10 area high schools." To qualify for CyberTech 2K1‚ rising sophomores and juniors at South Cobb High School‚ had to exhibit strong mathematics skills‚ excellent grade point averages‚ high SAT scores and good attendance records.
Each morning throughout June‚ 15 students learned to trouble−shoot hardware and software computer system problems while another 15 students participated in a computer−programming track to prepare them for the Advanced Placement computer science course. Each track offered tutorials‚ computer lab experiences and guest speakers from the business and public sector. This year‚ Patrick Gray of the FBI's Computer Crimes Squad in Atlanta spoke to the students about cybercrime issues throughout the country.
"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."
Corporate sponsors for the program include Dell Computer Corp.‚ BellSouth and Course Technology. The student participants each received scholarships from KSU to cover tuition.
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 more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the second-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 126 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. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.