New College Institute to Host AFA CyberCamp

New College Institute to Host AFA CyberCamp

Martinsville, VA – NCI is one of the distinguished organizations selected to host an AFA CyberCamp this summer.

As an AFA CyberCamp host, NCI will receive software and a hands-on curriculum kit designed to teach students about cyber safety, cyber ethics, and critical network security skills and tools. Each AFA CyberCamp culminates in an exciting team-based competition that puts the campers in the role of IT administrators tasked with finding and addressing cybersecurity vulnerabilities in simulated network environments. The local AFA CyberCamp competitions will closely mimic AFA’s annual CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, which will enter its fifteenth season in October.

Many students have already signed up for NCI’s AFA CyberCamp, which will be held July 18 to July 22, 2022 and taught by Teh-Way Lee, NCI’s Manager of Technology Integration and Janet Copenhaver, Technology Instructor at NCI. Copenhaver shares, “Teenagers and young adults under the age of 25 are the most vulnerable target population for cybercrimes. Thus, it is important to keep fighting and identifying these cyber threats.  Our CyberCamp focuses on cyber threats and identifies ways to manage and secure your computer.“

The Air Force Association created the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program in 2009 to excite K-12 students about cybersecurity and other STEM disciplines critical to our nation’s future. In addition to the summer CyberCamp program, CyberPatriot offers a variety of programs aimed at educating the public about the importance of cybersecurity. These programs include the nation’s largest youth cyber defense competition for high school and middle school students, an Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative (ESCEI), a children’s literature series, CyberGenerations –a senior citizen cyber safety initiative, and a Tech Caregivers program designed to encourage cyber- savvy volunteers to give back to their communities.

CyberPatriot greatly benefits from the support and technical expertise of the program’s presenting sponsor, Northrop Grumman Foundation, along with Cyber Diamond sponsors AT&T and the AT&T Foundation, Boeing, Cisco, Microsoft, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Cyber Gold sponsors Air Force Reserve, BNY Mellon, Facebook, Symantec, and the USAA Foundation; and Cyber Silver sponsors the Air Force STEM, American Military University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Gannon University, Leidos, Mastercard, and University of Maryland Global Campus.

For more information about CyberPatriot, visit

To learn more and register for NCI’s AFA CyberCamp, visit


An independent non-profit association, AFA is the single-largest professional military association dedicated to air and space power and to the advancement of aerospace education at every level. Founded in 1946, AFA is dedicated to promoting dominant U.S. Air and Space Forces as the foundation of a strong National Defense; honoring and supporting Airmen, Guardians, and their families; and remembering and respecting the enduring heritage of the Air and Space Forces.