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Calhoun Area Career Center CyberPatriot Team Takes Michigan’s Top Spot
 A team of students from the Calhoun Area Career Center in Battle Creek, won 1st place in the State of Michigan in the tenth season of CyberPatriot – the Air Force Association’s National Youth Cy- ber Defense Competition.
Established by the Air Force Associa- tion (www.afa.org), the CyberPatriot Na- tional Youth Cyber Education Program was created to excite, educate, and mo- tivate students toward careers in cyber security and other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future.
CyberPatriot’s core program – the National Youth Cyber Defense Compe- tition – challenges teams of two to six students across the United States, Cana- da, other nations, and from Department of Defense Dependent schools abroad, to find and resolve cybersecurity vulner- abilities in simulated environments. The CyberPatriot field is divided into three divisions – the Open Division for pub- lic, private, and home school teams; the All Service Division for JROTC, Civil Air Patrol, and Naval Sea Cadet Corps teams; and the Middle School Division.
Led by Coach Mike Segal, the CACC team won 1st place in Michigan’s Open Division in each of the qualifying rounds of the competition as well as earning 1st place in the State Round. Their perfor- mance placed them in the Platinum Tier which is made up of the top 30% of all
teams in the Open Division. The top teams from Platinum Tier earn an all-ex- penses-paid trip to Baltimore, Md., for the in-person National Finals Competi- tion, where students compete for nation- al recognition and scholarships.
Over 5,550 teams registered to com- pete in this year’s competition with only 628 teams qualifying for the Open Plat- inum Tier. The CACC team was one of 174 teams that advanced to the Semifinal Round.
“This is the first year a CACC team competed in the competition and they did a fantastic job. The students really took to the competition and the support from the CACC has been tremendous,” Segal said. “We just completed the Semifinal Round and are waiting on the official re- sults to see if we advanced. Unofficially, the team is tied for 41st place out of all the Open Division teams.”
Following the Regional/Category Round and Middle School Division Semifinals Round, top teams in the Open
and All Service Divisions’ Platinum Tier and the top three Middle School Divi- sion teams nationally will advance to the CyberPatriot X National Finals Compe- tition in Baltimore, Md., in April.
CyberPatriot, the National Youth Cyber Education Program, was created by the Air Force Association (AFA) to inspire K-12 students towards careers in cybersecurity or other science, tech- nology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our na- tion’s future. The Northrop Grumman Foundation is the Presenting Sponsor for tenth year of the CyberPatriot Compe- tition. More information is available at www.uscyberpatriot.org.
Established in 2011, The Battle Creek College Access Network seeks to create a college-going culture by nurturing and guiding students of all ages through high school graduation, and providing support and resources to make educa- tion after high school a reality. BCCAN provides an overarching framework for many types of student supports through partnerships, collaboration and network building. We are committed to provid- ing relentless community leadership to connect students to college and career building opportunities for a brighter future. For more information about the services offered or college related re- sources, please call us at (269) 719-8228 or visit www.battlecreekcan.org.
BY LAURA ZALLE, BC CAN Program Officer
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