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Cyber Innovation Center helps with growing national problem

BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) -

The Cyber Innovation Center in Bossier City says a national problem is growing in the country, and it could lead to threats of national security if something isn't done.

Employees at the Cyber Innovation Center work to improve technology, and cyber security. But nationally, the CIC says there is a growing problem. Nearly 380,000 jobs unfilled in the field of cyber security.

"That number is expected to grow to a million by 2020," said G.B. Cazes.

Cazes is the Vice President at CIC. He says the company plans to hire 800 people by May.

"They're well on their way to meeting many milestones and knocking those out," explained Cazes.

He admits on a national scale, the demand for skilled people to fill these jobs is ever growing in a world so widely dependent upon technology.

"It's a huge issue as far as a community, and a nation. Nationally, it's an issue of national security, and an economic security for the country," explained Cazes.

The CIC is already trying to do something to help this issue. It starts within the hallways of schools in Northwest Louisiana. They have already trained teachers on how to apply for grants for technology like 3D printers, and computer programming software.

A class of 8th graders is proving that reaching out to students at a younger age is the key to filling the void in cyber security employees.

"We have gone from being an after school club to having four full elective classes," said Charlene Cooper.

Cooper teaches Robotic, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) classes at Rusheon Middle School. She introduced us to 8th grader Jamie Purcell who has been in the class for three years now, and has developed an understanding of the cyber field that most adults don't know.

"Most of our jobs are dealing with technology. It's something we really need to learn," she said.

Cooper said her students are more motivated and show an interest in preparing for the future.

"They'll be fantastic at any career with the STEM field they'd want to pursue. They'll be ready," said Cooper.

CIC said they recommend anyone who has an interest in computer science to look into pursuing a career in the field. They say even students fresh out of high school can get internships that could lead directly to jobs.

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