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Dr. Kathryn Miller, Director 

Cindy McKenzie, Lead Instructor  

Tabitha Berger, K-12 Expert 

Appalachian Solutions Teacher Academy


GenCyber: Appalachian Solutions Teacher Academy

GenCyber: Appalachian Solutions Teacher Academy includes a one-week hybrid session summer camp that will assist teachers in any discipline to develop and integrate cyber subjects into their high school courses. The purpose is to spread awareness in Cybersecurity to students that normally do not have access. Academy participants will engage in hands-on explorations of the many aspects of security including ethics, networks, phishing, social engineering, ethical hacking, and password management/cracking. Academy participants will also develop lesson plans for delivering cybersecurity content in K-12 curricula. The 2022 academy will be open to twenty high school teachers within the Big Sandy Community & Technical College service area to include Floyd, Martin, Magoffin, Pike and Johnson counties.

Academy participants will explore the world of cybersecurity with experts in the field through fun, real-world learning experiences enhanced by close teacher-student interaction. Camp activities include hands-on exercises, interactive lectures, games, career exploration, and campus tours. To ensure a level playing field, GenCyber camps are open to all student and teacher participants at no cost. Funding is provided by the National Security Agency. The GenCyber program is financially supported by the National Science Foundation and other federal partners on an annual basis.


  • Free to all participants
  • The participants will receive a stipend ($3,500.00, disbursements after reaching pre-defined participation milestones/benchmarks)
  • The participants will receive free materials for the academy and classroom use.
  • Automatic membership to our professional learning community (CyberPLC)
  • Access to a repository of developed lesson plans
  • Follow-up professional development, including webinars and outreach activities
  • Meals provided for on-campus instruction days
  • The camp will be June 13-17, 2022.
  • Monday, Wednesday, & Friday will be in-person at BSCTC Prestonsburg campus.
  • Tuesday & Thursday will be virtual learning/participation days.
  • Laptops (loan from campus library) or use of campus computer labs are available for virtual days if needed.
  • Currently employed in a teaching position within a public or private high school/ATC (9th – 12th grade) in the following counties: Johnson, Floyd, Magoffin, Martin, Pike.
  • Commitment to participate in the full week of camp.  
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident.
Open to High School teachers employed within the BSCTC service region. Must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident. Women teaching in a STEM or CTE discipline are strongly encouraged to apply.  Prior knowledge of computers and cybersecurity is not required. 

"This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 2054966."

"Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.