ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 7 (UPI) -- The U.S. Air Force Association has named Rose State College in Oklahoma a Center of Excellence in its CyberPatriot program.
The program is a nationwide competition for high school students with the aim of strengthening cybersecurity skills through science, engineering, technology and mathematics and is supported by the Northrop Grumman Foundation and others.
The association said Rose State College, in Midwest City, Okla., earned the designation as a result of its active collaboration with Air Force Association to recruit CyberPatriot teams, its funding of professors and student assistants to provide CyberPatriot workshops to interested high school teams and its garnering of support for the program from state and local authorities.
"Rose State has engaged many individuals in their community and their unyielding support has not gone unnoticed as they have spurred great interest in their communities on tackling the challenges ahead in cyber," said Bernie Skoch, CyberPatriot program commissioner.
"Both Rose State and the Air Force Association understand the answer to the challenges our nation faces in cyberspace lies in 'people' -- training today's youth to be the next generation of cyber experts, and Rose State has developed innovative ways to sustain an environment for continued learning in cyber and technology."
Rose State College the association's fourth CyberPatriot Center of Excellence. The other entities with the designation are the Los Angeles Unified School District, the City of San Antonio and the Spokane (Wash.) School District.