Cyber Security

Virtual Cybersecurity Program Creating Economic Opportunities for The Lost Einsteins of America

Spark Mindset Inc today announced the launch of their CyberSpace Virtual Academy Program, an online education service that prepares 6th- 12th grade students for a career in cybersecurity starting September 14, 2020. Spark Mindset CyberSpace Academy High School Program is a two year virtual or hybrid program that prepares high school students for cybersecurity careers or a pathway to a 2 or 4 year college. Spark Mindset CyberSpace Academy Middle School Program is a one year virtual or hybrid enrichment or after-school program that prepares middle school students for a high school cybersecurity program. Our modules are thought-provoking and engaging and build your child’s confidence to become a self-regulated learner who can excel in a remote learning space. We also believe in the importance of connections, both adult-to-student and student-to-student. Relationship building and belonging are core components at the start of students’ time with Spark Mindset.

“Cybersecurity is one of the fastest growing STEM career fields,” said Lawrence Wagner, Spark Mindset CEO and Co-founder. “Due to COVID-19, many companies are having their employees work remotely, and we are creating solutions to prepare their children to work in this new environment.”

The average Cybersecurity Analyst makes $78,000 annually, and the cybersecurity industry will have an estimated compound annual growth rate of 11.9 and a market size of 258 billion by 2025. With the rapid growth of the cybersecurity industry, there remains a talent shortage and lack of diversity. Currently, minorities make up 26% of the cybersecurity field, while women represent 14% of this field. There will be 3.5 million unfilled jobs by 2021. “If you want to see more minorities in cybersecurity, you have to begin the talent pipeline at a young age,” explained Wagner. “And if children are going to use their devices more this summer, you might as well give them an opportunity for a bright future.”

For every child registered, a portion of the tuition goes towards a minority from a school in an underserved community. You can register for the for CyberSpace Academy Virtual High School Program –

About Spark Mindset, Inc.: Spark Mindset offers educational programs to give kids – particularly kids of color and girls – opportunities to learn and earn credentials in the field of cybersecurity. Beyond enriching in-school and out-of-school time through game-based learning, Spark Mindset creates opportunities for economic mobility by increasing the number of kids of color and girls in a rapidly growing tech field.

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