NETWORK & CYBER SECURITY PROGRAM
Charles Bazilewich and Robert Esposito developed the Cyber Security Academy at Sisler High School, the first of its kind in Canada, which specializes in Technology education. This program delivers an enriched technology education experience that aims to develop both technology skills and relevant soft skills employers require to be competitive in the digital economy. The program focuses on developing students capable of thinking critically to solve real world business solutions, while mastering Information Communication Technologies. The goal of the program is to prepare students to be effective digital citizens, enable students’ successful transition to post-secondary, and to ultimately contribute to Manitoba’s IT workforce. Students completing the Network and Cyber Security Academy receive a specialized high school diploma in Senior Years Technology Education, and advanced placement within several post-secondary programs.
The program excels in providing nearly 400 students the opportunity to engage in authentic situated learning, which simulates real world challenges. Students participate in local and international technology competitions such as Skills Manitoba, the Canadian Cyber Defence Challenge, Skills Canada, Cisco NetRiders, and CyberPatriot/CyberTitan.
All sectors of the economy depend on a pool of skilled IT workers. Employees with advanced level skills in information technology are in high demand and contribute to the overall development and growth of Manitoba’s economy. The program provides a talent pool for employers seeking skilled employees within the Technology sector. Students in the program have successfully achieved employment right out of high school within positions such as IT helpdesk, Data Centre Operator, System/Network Administrator, and Information Security Analyst.