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Female high school students learn cyber security through GenCyber camp

Some high school girls are getting the full college experience through Purdue's GenCyber Camp.

Posted: Jun 21, 2018 10:47 PM
Updated: Jun 21, 2018 10:47 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)- Some high school girls are getting the full college experience through Purdue's GenCyber Camp.

The Department of Computer and Information Technology is hosting the program, which is funded through a grant by the National Science Foundation and the National Security Agency.

The department wanted to focus on bringing in students who don't have computer access at their schools.

The girls are taking several courses that are all taught by faculty members and PhD students.

The goal is to get them excited about pursuing careers in cyber security, but also to get college, and more specifically Purdue University, on their minds.

Julia Ringhausen is a junior at St. Joseph's Academy in Illinois. She said she feels empowered being a part of the all-female program.

"I feel like a lot of men are typically in this kind of job, so I feel like women are very important going into this field because women can do things that men can do too," Ringhausen said. 

The program had over 150 applicants and 40 were chosen.

All attendees are incoming 9th through 12th grade female students from Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky high schools.

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