RIPR News
4:34 pm
Mon December 20, 2010

Luring computer-savvy kids into high tech jobs

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Congressman Jim Langevin is meeting with Rhode Island high school students Monday launching the High School Cyber Challenge.


Langevin says his work on the House Armed Services Committee has enlightened him to the lack of cyber security specialists in the U.S.


"And so the goal of the Cyber Security Challenge at the high school level is to tap into and channel those students who have a real affinity for computer skills and who may potentially think about a career in the cyber security field," says Langevin.


Langevin cites a quote from the CIA that says the U.S. has about 1,000 people with advanced security skills, but needs 20,000.


He'll be visiting career and technical centers in high schools in Warwick, Cranston and West Greenwich.

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