Ensuring the next generation has more opportunities

Published 8:09 pm Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Recently, Lunenburg County Public Schools announced it was one of 32 systems receiving $62,500 in state funding to implement a program that encourages students to explore careers in cybersecurity.

In his letter notifying the system, Steven R. Staples, the state’s superintendent of public education, said the primary purpose of the program “is to increase awareness of careers in cybersecurity and inform students about the vast opportunities in the workplace.”

The program is consistent with Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s stated desire to put Virginia at the forefront of the growing cybersecurity field.

Staples said in the letter that the cybercamps will serve as models for building the pipeline for kindergarten through 12th grade education to meet Virginia’s cybersecurity workforce demands.

Lunenburg’s program will be for rising 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade students who are interested in cybersecurity careers.

The camp will be held June 14-16, 20-23 and 27-29.

Natalie Coronas, assistant principal at Central High School, called the program “a great thing for our students, school and community.”

Indeed it is.

Of course, this is just another example of LCPS helping its students have more opportunities and prepare them for the ever-changing world that they are growing up in today.

Let us not forget the recently created robotics team, the Portable Chargers.

School officials point to it as a major step, and one official said its creation will “push us into the 21st Century” — a sentiment that has been echoed by others.

Technology will certainly have its place in the future, and it is the obligation of every school system to position its students to take advantage.

We are grateful that Lunenburg schools are doing just that.

And let’s not forget the garden created at Kenbridge Elementary School. School officials point to it as promoting an appreciation and practice for healthy eating habits.

Unrelated, you say? No, not really.