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Wagner-Peyser Grant-Sponsored Cyber Security Readiness Training at University of Houston-Clear Lake
Through a workforce training grant led by the BayTech, UHCL is offering a workforce training opportunity in Network Management & Security training to currently unemployed military veterans (or discharged soon), aerospace workers, or others (in that priority).

20 Spots Available

Training provider: The Cyber Security Institute (CSI)
Training dates: June | September, 2015
Training location: Delta Building, University of Houston-Clear Lake
2700 Bay Area Blvd
Houston, TX 77058
By partnering and collaborating with UHCL, this grant is intended to:
  1. Develop a regional cybersecurity framework applicable to diverse Houston industries such as Aerospace, Petrochemical, Energy, Medical, and The Port of Houston
  2. Develop a cybersecurity curriculum, train the trainer, and employ instructors at the collegiate level
  3. Create a regional Cybersecurity Council
Education and Experience Requirements
  1. Previous education/experience in computer technologies, including networking, IT, systems administration, computer science, etc.
  2. Some college: Community college, 4 year college, in the study of technologies.
  3. Two or more years of work experience in maintaining information systems or networks.
  4. Output will make workers ready for technical security work in the IT field, so aptitude and experience with technology is more important than degrees or certifications.

2015 Summer Orientation

The Office of Orientation and New Student Programs will be hosting a total of 11 orientation sessions throughout the summer.  The dates and times are listed below.  Orientation is mandatory for all incoming undergraduate students (including transfer students) and remains optional for graduate students. 

SOAR (Student Orientation and Registration) for 0-29 credit hour students and/or all first-time in college students:
June 12, 19 and 27
July 10, 16 and 18
August 18

*All SOAR sessions are from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and will include individual academic advising appointments, registering for classes, meeting campus resources and interacting with peers.  Each session will have a maximum of 42 students in attendance and including guests, we anticipate 80-100 people in attendance on those days.  Check-in will take place in Atrium I.    

NSO (New Student Orientation) for all 30+ credit hour students who are not first-time in college students:
May 21 from 1:00 – 7:00 p.m.
June 30 from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
July 21 from 1:00 – 7:00 p.m.
August 15 from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.  (graduate students specifically invited to attend this session)

*The day includes much information regarding campus resources and services as well as academic advising meetings by school.  We hope to have 150-200 students in attendance for each NSO.  With guests, the total may be closer to 250 or 300 each day.  Check-in will take place in Atrium II.    

If you have any questions regarding orientation. We can be reached via email or 281-283-2420


Find out more about The Bridges To STEM Careers(BSC) Program
The Bridges to STEM Careers (BSC) program, with funding from the National Science Foundation, hosted its annual STEM Challenge on April 11th, 2015 in the Student Services Building at UHCL. 18 teams made up of 62 members participated in the competition at two levels. Winners and participants won prizes including scholarships, internships, robotics kits and various other gifts.

STEM Challenge 2015 was sponsored by Credexo Inc., Esyntaxis and AtLink. Additional support was provided by various other companies and restaurants in the community. Community college, High school and UHCL faculty members participated actively and served as judges, mentors and in various other capacities. Industrial representatives from Credexco, AtLink and SAIC also served as judges.

The challenge was open to all high school and undergraduate students. Over 8 different high schools and 6 different community colleges and universities were represented in the challenge. The challenge consisted of two levels of competition, with each team rotating through three stations: Game of Clues to challenge their math knowledge, Creative Inventors to showcase their imaginative skills and Robot Adventure to test their problem solving and programming skills. The event was limited to 18 teams, with a maximum of 4 members per team. 12 beginner teams and 6 advanced teams participated in the event.

During the challenge, each team spent 50 minutes at one of the three stations, trying to complete tasks that were progressivly more challenging, before rotating to the second and third station. Each task was assigned a point value, and each task had to be completed and demonstrated before receiving instructions for the next task.

In the Beginner category, Team Dignitas comprising of students Sarah Cao, Justin Hill, Jack Baumann and Michael Peterson from UHCL and Clear Lake HS placed first, and each contestant went home with $400 scholarships to UHCL along with an opportunity to interview for 1 of 4 summer internships at AtLink. Team Robonauts comprising of 4 high school students from Clear Lake, Clear Brook, Clear Creek and Clear Horizons were a close second, and each received a $250 scholarships to UHCL along with a complete Arduino turtlebot robotics kit.

In the Advanced category, Team Oh My Gauss, comprising of students Andrew Hahn, James Harrington, Josh Schults and Kevin McEachern placed first, and each member received a $500 scholarship to UHCL, along with an opportunity to interview for 1 of 4 summer internships at AtLink. Team Overflow comprising of students Miguel Rasales, Thomas Garza, Daniel Velazco and Gregory Hemenway placed second, and each received $350 scholarships to UHCL, along with Logitech Bluetooth Keyboards.

Three teams were awarded Station Master Status, and these teams went home with either Bluetooth speakers, Amazon Fire TV sticks or Motorola Portable Battery Chargers. The first and second place winners of both categories were not eligible for this prize.

Thanks to several departments at UHCL and area restaurants and vendors, participants won many door prizes, such as 1TB solid state external hard drives, flash drives and gift cards.
The STEM challenge was organized by Bridges to STEM Careers program – A partnership with the University of Houston Clear-Lake and San Jacinto College and supported by the National Science Foundation.
  Additional STEM Challenge 2015 Photos

2015 Summer Camp | Cyber Security Institute

When: June 8th – June 10th, 2015. 9:00am ~ 4:00pm
Where: Delta Building, UHCL

About the Cyber Security Summer Camp
The University of Houston-Clear Lake Cyber Security Institute will host a Cyber Security themed Summer Camp from June 8 to June 10, 2015. The camp’s mission is to expose local high school students to Cyber Security. Cyber Security expertise is in high demand and offers a promising career path. The camp is designed to motivate students to continue their education in related STEM fields.  We leverage the domain expertise and computing facilities at our Cyber Security Institute to develop a well-rounded camp with following goals in mind:
  • Expand the camper’s horizon in the domain of Cyber Security including the technology, organization, and people factors.
  • Educate the campers about ethics in Cyber Security.
  • Inspire the campers with what Cyber Security entails.
  • Introduce the campers to a spectrum of information systems vulnerabilities, security threats, and possible countermeasures.
  • Teach the campers about various technical topics with a focus on network security.
  • Design relevant and interesting hands-on labs for the campers to practice what they learn in a controlled environment.
  • Create opportunities for campers to talk to cyber security professionals in both public and private sectors.
Network Management and Security Training Programs
Are you interested in a career in Information Security or Networking? Have you ever thought of earning industry certifications to further your career? The Network Management and Security certificate is designed for you to achieve those goals.
The suite of four classes covers the fundamental technology, concepts and practices of modern Information Security operations, including access control, authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA), network security protocols, policy construction and enforcement mechanisms, contingency planning and application security. Students have options of taking all four or individual classes.

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