2. IA Student Development
2.a. Evidence of IA degrees/areas of study/track or certificates
The Oklahoma Career and Technology Education System's instructional framework is based upon the Career Clusters created by the United States Department of Education. The Career Clusters design prepares students for broad career options, including employment, technical and postsecondary education, and lifelong learning. This design also increases CareerTech's ability to meet employer expectations for a high-skilled workforce that contributes to the economic vitality of the state of Oklahoma.
The Career Cluster framework supports 16 broad Career Clusters, each with defined pathways. The CareerTech information assurance programs are included in the Information Technology Career Cluster, which has four pathways: 1) Network Systems, 2) Information Support Services, 3) Interactive Media, and 4) Programming and Software Development. CareerTech's "Fundamentals of Technology" course includes a security awareness component that all information technology students must complete as core knowledge and skills for each pathway.
Technology centers have aligned their information assurance career majors to the following five core CSEC courses (or a combination of the core based upon local industry needs): 1) Principles of Information Assurance, 2) Enterprise Security Management, 3) Network Security, 4) Secure E-commerce and 5) Digital Forensics. Oklahoma technology centers also align each career major to industry-recognized, vendor and/or vendor-neutral certifications. For example, technology center students are eligible to apply for Security+, Security Certified Network Professional, Security Certified Network Administrator, Cisco and CISSP certifications.
Visit the sites below to see technology center career majors and areas of study:
Central Technology Center
Francis Tuttle Technology Center
Great Plains Technology Center
Meridian Technology Center
Mid-America Technology Center
Tulsa Technology Center
Moore Norman Technology Center
2.b. Evidence of Copies of Articulation/Transfer agreements with four-year institutions offering a concentration or IA degrees/areas of study/track or certificates.
By legislative statute, technology centers are non-degree and non-credit granting institutions. Articulation agreements between technology centers and community colleges enable courses to transfer.
The Cooperative Alliance program is a collaborative effort between the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the CareerTech System. This program allows students enrolled in a Cooperative Alliance program to earn college credit. Cooperative Alliances are between technology centers and Oklahoma public colleges and universities that offer the Associate in Applied Science (AAS degree) as Cooperative Agreement Programs. The AAS degree articulates to four-year degrees, typically transferring to a technical baccalaureate degree program. The key goals of the Cooperative Alliance Program are to:
- Increase the number of high school students pursuing college degrees,
- Increase the number of adults continuing or beginning college,
- Expand access to postsecondary educational opportunities, and
- Use federal, state and local resources more efficiently.
Cooperative Agreements are approved by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. Although each technology center establishes a primary partnership with one college, other agreements from college partners are also honored in the alliance program. Alliance partners establish joint student services such as financial aid and academic advisement, and develop a business plan that includes guidelines for resource allocations, personnel needs, and a joint marketing plan for their alliance project, etc. Partners must identify and report performance measures that result from their alliance and establish shared goals to expand offerings. Partners must also align agreements to support a statewide transfer matrix for technical studies courses to ensure transferability from state institution to state institution.
2.c. Articulation agreements with high schools to facilitate awareness and training for faculty/administration/students
Each technology center serves a defined geographic region, and citizens vote to become members of a technology center district (see http://www.okcareertech.org/technology-centers). Technology centers then serve public high schools within their districts; therefore, each technology center has a direct relationship with its "sending" high schools. (Click to see list of technology center "sending" high schools.)
High school students attend technology center occupational programs within their district free of charge, while adults and corporate customers pay a nominal fee. CareerTech instructors have conducted many training sessions for internal and sending school faculty to introduce them to information assurance and basic security awareness. Specifically, they have offered courses in identity theft, security awareness, and online curriculum preparation. High school students, faculty, and counselors frequently visit CareerTech information assurance programs and participate in a wide variety of career awareness activities (e.g., technology center tours and career day.) At the annual, Cyber Spook House event, hosted by Tulsa Technology Center, teams of IA students identify a security awareness topic, research it, and prepare a tradeshow booth. Each booth is complete with decorations, brochures, cyber demonstrations, and presentations. Students and counselors attend these events.
2.d. Participation in Cybersecurity/IA Competitions.
CareerTech Information Assurance students have the opportunity to participate in four student competitions to advance their cyber security skills. These events include:
1. Business Professionals of America (BPA) is the leading Career Technical Student Organization (CTSO) for students pursuing careers in business management, office administration, information technology and other related career fields. BPA's Workplace Skills Assessment Program (WSAP) assesses real-world business skills and problem-solving abilities in information technology and computer applications. Students demonstrate their skills at state and national conferences. In the computer security event, students demonstrate knowledge of fundamental security management tasks in Windows and Linux networking environments.
2. SkillsUSA is also a CTSO for students pursuing careers in various occupation disciplines, including information technology. The SkillsUSA Championships showcase the best career and technical students in the nation. Contests begin locally and continue through state and national levels. The philosophy of the Championships is to reward students for excellence, to involve industry in directly evaluating student performance and to keep training relevant to employers' needs. The information security event is included in the Computer Maintenance Technology competition.
3. The Cyber Security Invitational is a cyber security competition hosted by Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology to test the cyber security skills of students studying computer and network protection at Oklahoma technology centers. The information assurance section of the competition tests students’ knowledge and techniques to audit and ensure system compliance with an organization’s written security policy. The digital forensics competition tests their ability to apply digital forensic skills to obtain and process digital forensics evidence.
4. The CyberPatriot is the premiere national high school cyber defense competition created to direct high school students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future. During competition, students are assessed on their skills related to maintaining critical services, hardening critical services, fixing vulnerabilities and removing malware from the system. In fact, Great Plains Technology Center competed at the national CyberPatriot event in 2010.
2.e. Courses containing "Hands-on" training or Lab training.
All CareerTech cyber security courses contain significant lab training. Courses that contain lab components include:
- Principles of Information Assurance
- Network Security
- Enterprise Security Management
- Secure Electronic Commerce
- Digital Forensics
Course descriptions are located at: http://www.okcareertech.org/about/initiatives/cyber-security/courses.