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GLR Cyber Security Academy

2019 Cybersecurity Academy
14 - 20 July 2019
Ferris State University – Big Rapids, Michigan

The CAP Great Lakes Region Cybersecurity Camp provides a place for cadets to grow their knowledge of Windows and Linux operating systems, networking, cybersecurity careers, cybersecurity defense techniques, and leadership—while having some fun in the process! Cadets will become stronger CyberPatriot competitors, with sharper leadership and teamwork skills, and will learn about future education and career options.

All learning is directly aligned with today’s needs in the Department of Defense, the public sector, and industry. Cadets can apply their acquired skills at home, in school, or at a job.

Ferris State University (FSU) hosts a number of sports and other types of camps during the summer months and is a great all-around environment in which spend a week. FSU has top-shelf computer lab facilities with client endpoints (PCs), software, and networking needed for hands-on practice

EServices Registration & Payment System is open for LATE applications for summer activities. Applications submitted in eServices after 15 Jan are considered after all "On-Time" applicants.  Use this "Apply Online" link to access the application site on eServices. Notifications of winter placements went out in December. Notifications for on-time summer applicants will go out on 1 March.  Those cadets who remain on alternate lists after 1 March may be contacted at anytime to fill a slot.

Min. Age: 12
Cost: $175.00

Use the following course numbers to verify you are selecting the correct activity in the eServices preferences tab of your application.  Activities appear alphabetically, but will have the course number next to them in the tab.  You can download a sortable spreadsheet on the homepage for a complete listing of activity preference numbers.

eServices Short Name Cadet Participant Course # Staff Participant Course # Activity Full Name
GLR Cyber  415 416 Great Lakes Region Cybersecurity Academy Course
GLR Cyber Advanced 417 416 Great Lakes Region Cybersecurity Academy Course-Advanced

Contact for Activity:

How to Apply:

Use the "Apply Online" link on the homepage to connect you to eServices' Registration and Payment System.  Applicants, including staff, will need to complete the application to include uploading the following documents in PDF format to the supplemental tab of their eServices application.  All staff must apply via eServices, or they will not receive credit for the activity in their records. For staff applicants, you will be contacted to let you know whether or not you have not been selected. Applications will be accepted from 1 December onward.  To be considered for priority placement status, the completed application including supplemental documents must be submitted by 15 January.  Applications submitted after 15 January are accepted but are marked "late" and will be considered AFTER all applications submitted before the deadline. Priority timelines do not apply to staff applications.

**New in 2019, go to the eServices CadetInvest Module to apply for Cadet Lift and the Take-Off Program (TOP) in addition to our flight scholarships. These programs are designed to offset costs associated with attending some NCSAs, as well as flight academies.  They include payment of your activity fees and transportation to and from the activity.  Go to for more details.  Deadline to apply for scholarships and programs is also January 15th.


Activity Staff will provide transportation to and from TBD

Required Staff Training: 5/26/2019

Activity Goal:

The Cybersecurity Academy goal is to actively introduce cadets to the practice of cybersecurity, allowing allowing them to acquire practical and relevant cybersecurity defensive knowledge and skills, hone leadership and teamwork skills, and learn about cybersecurity career options.  

Held at Ferris State University (FSU), Cybersecurity Academy is a one-week camp program with curriculum that help cadets acquire technical and “soft” skills needed to work in an entry-level cybersecurity role and as a member of a cybersecurity team.  Through guest speakers and a data center or plant tour, cadets are exposed to various cybersecurity education and career options.  Two different technical curriculum are offered:  a standard and advanced curriculum that both leverage the AFA CyberCamp program curriculum. The advanced curriculum can be tailored to each cadet using a combination of university-developed  and external training materials.  Learning occurs through classroom instruction and hands-on lab work, plus a healthy mix of outdoor activities (e.g., games, a ropes course, orientation flights) designed to foster soft skill growth and maintain a high level of energy (and fun) throughout the week.  The academy began with a week-long school at the 2017 Michigan Wing Encampment based on the no-cost AFA CyberPatriot and NSA Day of Cyber curriculum.  It continued with a 28 cadet regional program at FSU in 2018 using the AFA CyberCamp standard curriculum as its core.  Cadets also toured the State of Michigan Lake Superior Hosting Center, attended an FSU low ropes course, and received o-flights.  FSU will grant one college credit hour to any cadet who completes both the standard and advanced curriculum.

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