San Bernardino

Forging Pathways to a Career in Cyber Security




​An award-winning cyber security camp program at Cal State San Bernardino empowers girls in middle school to consider a rewarding university education and a career in a field that is increasingly vital.

The five-day camp offers a unique opportunity for 250 girls from local disadvantaged middle schools and others within the Girl Scout community. The largest program of its kind in the United States, the camp is working to address the underrepresentation of women in cyber security and related fields. Every participant receives a computer to keep. For many girls, this was the first computer they have ever owned.

Google, Facebook, Sigmanet, MITRE, Northrop Grumman, the National Security Agency, and the Department of Homeland Security collaborate with faculty from the College of Business and Public Administration in partnership with the Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council to develop and offer this free program.

The project is funded through a seed grant of $100,000 from the National Science Foundation and the National Security Agency, smaller donations to assist with transportation, and equipment from corporate entities and the Girl Scouts.​

This groundbreaking program earned national attention and a Certificate of Special Recognition from the United States House of Representatives.