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The pace at which career opportunities are evolving accelerates with each passing year, but the local educational community has shown a remarkable ability to adapt to the demands of change.
In recent years this has repeatedly been demonstrated at local post-secondary institutions and other learning centers which have introduced courses that not only enhance their abilities to attract students but answer the specific needs of employers and students interested in particular careers.
It has also become evident in secondary schools where programs like the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. signature academies have changed the traditional form of education and empowered students to be both flexible and creative as they prepare for higher education and the work force.
The C4 Columbus Careers Connections program has also been a catalyst for adapting to change based on specific needs.
For instance, who could have envisioned in the generation before that one of the pressing needs in today’s business world would be for individuals who could protect computer systems from hackers?
The losses to companies and governments from hackers are both mind-boggling and frightening. Some of the companies which suffered mega losses because of hackers in 2011 include: Sony, $171 million; Citigroup, $2.67 million; Stratfor Global Alliance, $2 million; AT&T, $2 million.
These losses have served to widen an already growing career field in technology — security professionals.
The local C4 program has taken the lead in this endeavor, offering for the first time this year a Servers and Security class for juniors at Columbus North High School. The class is designed to help students learn techniques on protecting digital information and make systems adaptable to change.
There are six students enrolled in the course this semester but the potential for growth is demonstrated in the second year networking class. It has 13 students who are likely to step into the Servers and Security class next year.
With such an early start on learning the basics of this particular field, students enrolled in the program will become be more marketable when they complete it.
That benefits them and the companies that will seek their services.
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