KSU partners with Dell to reward CyberTech graduates

High achievers from seven different area high schools were awarded Dell computers after completing…

Georgia (Aug 9, 2002) — KSU partners with Dell to reward CyberTech graduates

Rick Woodall

Abstract

High achievers from seven different area high schools were awarded Dell computers after completing a month−long course of study in Kennesaw State University's one−of−a−kind CyberTech 2K2 technology education program.



Approximately 130 graduates were honored during commencement exercises for CyberTech 2K2. Of those‚ 30 took home computers in recognition of their accomplishments in the program. This is the second year Dell has provided computers for this purpose.



"Dell is firmly committed to helping all students develop the 21st century skills needed to compete in the workforce of tomorrow‚" said Regional Sales Manager Scott Campbell. "Kennesaw State University's CyberTech 2K2 computer science program has great potential for increasing minority representation in the sciences and at the same time‚ favorably impacting science and mathematics education. We are proud to support them in this effort."



The innovative program was piloted in 2001 as a strategic educational initiative designed to increase interest and improve achievement in science‚ technology and mathematics‚ especially among minority groups traditionally underrepresented in those career fields.



"The bottom line‚" said Larry Peterson‚ dean of Kennesaw State's College of Science and Mathematics‚ "is to prepare these students for university−level science programs and ultimately‚ for careers in the technology field."



CyberTech has more than quadrupled in size since 2001‚ when participation was limited to 30 rising sophomores and juniors from South Cobb High School. This year‚ four more Cobb schools−Pebblebrook‚ Osborne‚ McEachern and North Cobb−took part‚ as did Bartow County's Cass High School and Dalton High School in Whitfield County.



"We were extremely pleased with the growth in the program‚" said Dale Benham‚ CyberTech director. "Quadrupling the number of students in the program was great‚ and we anticipate continued growth for next year."



Applicants were judged on a variety of criteria‚ including math skills‚ grade point average‚ disciplinary and attendance records‚ and their overall interest in computer technology. Once accepted‚ students had the option of studying either programming or operating systems three hours a day‚ five days a week at computer labs located on the KSU campus.



Each participant received a scholarship in excess of $1‚000 to pay for the cost of the program‚ funded equally by KSU‚ the local schools and‚ in Dalton's case‚ Duke Energy.



"Really‚ the best thing about this year's program was the students‚" Benham said. "They were excellent in all aspects and will be tremendous representatives for the CyberTech program in each of their high schools."



Fittingly‚ the commencement speaker for CyberTech 2K2 was Herb Lehman‚ executive director of the Yamacraw Mission‚ a collaborative effort launched by Gov. Roy Barnes to make Georgia a world leader in the design of broadband communication systems and devices‚ as well as embedded systems. Though not officially affiliated with CyberTech‚ Yamacraw certainly stands to benefit from the only university−level program in the state that identifies high school students with an interest in technology and prepares them for careers in the computer science field.



"A real highlight of the program was our graduation speaker‚" Benham said. "Having the Yamacraw Mission recognize what we are doing at Kennesaw State University is a very strong endorsement for the CyberTech program."



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Kennesaw State University‚ a progressive‚ comprehensive institution with a growing student population of 14‚100 representing 118 countries‚ offers 55 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 38,000 students. With 13 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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