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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Prince George’s County – U.S. Cyber Challenge Leads to High Paying Jobs and Skillsets



Subject: Prince George’s County – U.S. Cyber Challenge Leads to High Paying Jobs and Skillsets

Karen Evans, the National Director of the U.S. Cyber Challenge, says the competition is for U.S. residents ages 18 – 60 years old. She specifically pointed out that students and professionals re-entering the workforce or changing careers are candidates for this competition. This event is looking for the best and brightest across the board. Producing the best cyberwarriors isn’t just about computer geeks. It’s about bringing together the best and brightest people from all walks of life in teams to work collaboratively to outsmart bad actors and hackers. 



Karen Evans: US Cyber Challenge

Programs like the U.S. Cyber Challenge require prior steps and training that lead them to higher skills needed to be a cyberwarrior. The H.O.P.E Project led by Raymond Bell fills that void. His program provides IT training for Washington D.C. residents. The training helps residents get their foot in the IT door. It provides an A+ and Help Desk certification which are necessary entry level skills. 

Ricardo Washington’s Institute for Workforce Development has collaborated with Raymond Bell to expand the program to deserving Prince George’s County residents. They both saw the synergy in working together and bring to bear their resources. If you follow this blog and Twitter feed, you are familiar with Ricardo Washington’s 144 Jobs Golf Tournament. Through his work with women at the Shepherd’s Cove shelter, Ricardo seeks to provide the women with training, job skills, and an opportunity to interview for a promising job. These wrap around services provided free of charge by Ricardo Washington’s selfless service to others help the women move forward and become productive Prince George’s County residents. I hope a majority of the women that take advantage of the IT training through this program will see the financial and higher quality of life opportunity in becoming a cyberwarrior. I also hope they contact the U.S. Cyber Challenge Competition and participate. 



The H.O.P.E Project

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Prince Georges County – AFCEA STEM Scholarships For Prince George’s County College Students



Subject: Prince George’s County – AFCEA STEM Scholarships For Prince George’s County College Students

Link to AFCEA International website: http://www.afcea.org/education/scholarships/info.asp


Link to AFCEA Central Maryland Chapter Website: https://www.afceacmd.org/

Link to volunteer with AFCEA Central Maryland Chapter: https://www.afceacmd.org/index.php/get-involved/volunteer-now

This webpage lists the scholarships AFCEA provides for STEM students attending college. I hope this helps and many Prince George’s County students “go hard” and gobble up ALL the scholarships. Although any scholarship program that defrays the cost of a students pursuing education is a good thing, I think AFCEA should change the criteria to all (2) and (4) year colleges and universities. 



AFCEA DC Scholarship

President Obama, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and Dr. Jill Biden have been preaching the value of community colleges filling the STEM gap in local communities. The stipulation AFCEA currently has on the STEM scholarships will short change students taking advantage of the excellent education and training received at the community college level. 



ArkLaTex AFCEA Scholarship Banquet 2013

By the way, AFCEA seems to be a great organization for students to join starting in middle and high school. This will acclimate students to the organization and show them how it works as well as help them build relationships for their future careers.

As I looked at the AFCEA Central Maryland Chapter’s “Focus”, I did not see anything relating to Prince George’s County’s Public Schools, colleges, or universities. The focus was on endowments to Anne Arundel Community College and UMBC in Howard County. What is up with this? Are Prince George’s County Public Schools, Prince George’s Community College, Bowie State University, University of Maryland, University of Maryland University College, Capitol College, etc. reaching out to AFCEA? Is AFCEA reaching out to them? The funny thing is the Central Maryland Chapter’s monthly luncheon is held in Greenbelt.



2014 AFCEA Central Maryland 5K

The Central Maryland Chapter of AFCEA is focused on NSA, DISA, and USCYBERCOM. The list of members in this chapter is high level and they are decision makers. If you are a Prince George’s County resident in the tech field or would like to get into the tech field, joining this chapter would be a great move. This chapter is looking for volunteers. This would give a person looking for mentorship and/or employment a chance to meet decision makers, show their skills, and work alongside movers and shakers in the local industry. If you volunteer, I suggest you help them build out the AFCEA Central Maryland Chapter You Tube Channel and get more videos uploaded to communicate their message.

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Prince Georges County – AFCEA eCybermission (eCM) 2013-2014



Subject: Prince George’s County – AFCEA eCybermission (eCM) 2013-2014

eCybermission Program Information
Point of Contact (POC): Sue Whitsettat
Job Title: Interim Program Manager/Outreach Manager
Phone Number: 703-312-9360.

Program Summary
eCYBERMISSION (eCM) is a free, web-based STEM competition for students in grades 6-9.  eCM challenges students to think about real-world applications of STEM by working in teams to identify a problem in their community and use the scientific method, scientific inquiry or engineering design process to find a solution.  Students compete for state, regional and national awards, with potential winnings of up to $8,000 (maturity value) in U.S. Savings Bonds




eCYBERMISSION Short Promotional Video

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Prince Georges County - AFCEA Educational Foundation Supports STEM Teachers And Students



Subject: Prince George’s County - AFCEA Educational Foundation Supports STEM Teachers And Students

I saw this information on the AFCEA website and thought this would interest STEM teachers, students, and maybe non-profits in Prince George’s County.





AFCEA Educational Foundation: The Cycle For STEM Experience

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Prince Georges County – Learn Data Analytics Or Predictive Analytics Because It Will Get You A High Paying Job



Subject: Prince George’s County – Learn Data Analytics Or Predictive Analytics Because It Will Get You A High Paying Job

Link to NPR Story “In San Diego, A Boot Camp For Data Junkies”: http://www.npr.org/2014/09/20/350155825/in-san-diego-a-bootcamp-for-data-junkies




**Alert: I use the terms data analytics, predictive analysis, data mining, etc. interchangeably because they all relate to the same field which I am trying to highlight.

Data analytics just means analyzing data and how to organize data to predict patterns such as how many Prince George’s County residents will start their own businesses in 2015? The concept of data analytics or predictive analytics is not one to shy away from or to fear. It is just like coding or programming, sports, or any vocation. One must decide this is what they want to do and focus on using the tools to learn the craft. 




data mining tutorial for beginners FREE Training 01

I really hope Prince George’s County middle, high school, and college students as well as unemployed residents seek training in this field because it can be used to solve social problems. A person with this skill set can use analytical tools and algorithms to solve social problems facing Prince George’s County. They can simultaneously use their skills to generate a six figure salary in the private sector. In the interview, Arun Rath asked Natasha Balac, the Director of the Predictive Analytics Center of Excellence at the University of California, San Diego why she started the program. Balac went on to say people that attend the 2 day boot camp don’t want a certificate or degree. They just want to learn practical, hands-on ways to apply data mining or data analysis techniques. 

From what I read, people that are “busy bodies”, have an inquisitive nature, and are always asking the question “why?” would be great candidates for data scientists.  I found a peer reviewed research paper by Bartley Richardson, Karen C. Davis, and Michelle Danielle Beach that showed how they taught data mining to high school students in Cincinnati. The paper titled “Introducing Data Mining Techniques and Software Engineering to High School Science Students” broke the concepts down. The NPR story states Facebook uses data analytics or data mining to produce content for each users newsfeed. The benefit is more relevant information for the user and more advertising revenue for Facebook because they have mined users “clicks” and found patterns.



Teacher: Students' Data Use

Job Titles and Names for this field
Data Scientist
Data Mining
Predictive Analytics
Predictive Analysis
Big Data
Data Warehousing
Data Forecasting

Important Points about this field
-Because there are not enough people to do the job and because the job is really turning into a very interesting, creative and cool job
-couple of years ago, the Harvard Business Review called the data scientist the sexiest job of the 21st century
-difficult to find people who can do the job

Skills Needed
Data scientists need to have several different types of skills.
-technical skills
-machine learning and statistics
-to be able to manipulate the data and find those patterns
-to be a successful data scientist, you need to understand the business
-ask the right questions
-be able to be creative of how you treat your data in order to find those patterns

Training In Predictive Analytics
University of California, San Diego: Predictive Analytic Center of Excellence
Director: Natasha Balac
Offer: Data Mining Certificate or Masters Degree



When Big Data and Predictive Analytics Collide

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