Challenge grant of $25,000 matched by  the Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia recently made a challenge grant of $25,000 to the Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools, the philanthropic arm of the school system, to launch Cyber Patriot – an afterschool cybersecurity program - in FCPS middle schools.  Funding will support programs in ten middle schools in the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 school years, with the goal of giving students earlier exposure to cybersecurity. FCPS is interested in encouraging more students to make room in their high school schedules for Cyber IT courses in order to gain exposure to these 21st Century Learning skills.

The Community Foundation’s Innovation Fund, a discretionary fund that invests in inventiveness, creativity and new design across Northern Virginia, issued this grant thanks to a gift from the Chin Family Charitable Fund, a donor advised fund at the Community Foundation that supports education, children’s health and children’s medical care.

The Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools secured the matching $25,000 to launch the program from a variety of sources, including the Fairfax Economic Forum, Apple Federal Credit Union and Oracle.

As Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe said recently, one of the most important catalysts for long-term economic growth in Virginia will come from the burgeoning cybersecurity sector.  Enabling students to learn more about this growing field at an earlier age will assist workforce development efforts in the county and the state.

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