Welcome to the JROTC-CS Demonstration Project
ABOUT THE PROJECT
There are approximately 545K Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) cadets attending 3,400 high schools across the US. This group of students represents a significant pool of untapped tech talent, and is comprised of a highly diverse population–with a majority-minority student population and 40% of JROTC cadets being female, and JROTC is strongly represented in schools serving economically disadvantaged populations (over 50% Title 1 schools). Yet today, 68% of these students do not have access to AP computer science in their school.
To address this gap, CSforALL is collaborating with the US Air Force JROTC HQ and additional partners to launch JROTC-CS, a demonstration project to design and test implementation models for the long-term scale-up of evidence-based computer science (CS) and cybersecurity education programs for students in the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC). This project supports the goals of the JROTC Cyber Training Act of 2019 (H.R. 3266 and Senate 2154 and is in alignment with Section 512 of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, which amended Section 2031(b)(3) of title 10, United States Code, to include instruction or activities in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in the JROTC program. At scale, this project has the potential to engage over 500K high school students in computer science and cybersecurity education pathways, as well as build technology education capacity at over 3400 JROTC high schools, serving 4M students overall.
JROTC Demonstration Project Participants include:
● 30 schools and their districts will participate in capacity building training
● 30 high school teachers will receive professional development in CS and cyber
● 200+ JROTC instructors will be trained as tech career advisors
● 400 JROTC Cadets will directly participate and 4000 will benefit.
● 60K additional high school students will benefit from this project, as the capacity for CS and cybersecurity is increased at their schools.
For more information on participating in the first or second round of the project, email Project Director, Tina Whyte Boyle.
JROTC-CS Advisory Consortium Members
Senior Program Officer for Microsoft Philanthropies
Tina Boyle Whyte
Project Director, JROTC-CS CSforALL
DoD oversight Representative
Director of Program Engagement, CyberPatriot (AFA)
Chief Evangelist, CSforALL
Senior Director, Public Sector Policy, Intel Corporation
VP of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Snap Inc.
Senior Director of Education Policy, Microsoft
Executive Director of Federal Relations and Advocacy, The College Board
Assistant Department Head and Associate Clinical Professor, Computer Science & Engineering, Mississippi State University
Community Affairs Consultant, Capital One
Director of Academic Outreach, Cyber Innovation Center; Director, National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center
Founder and Research Director, SANS Institute
Director of Diversity and Inclusion Policy and Counsel, Internet Association
Executive Director of AP Program Management, The College Board
Director of Government Relations, Lockheed Martin Space
Dr. Chris Stephenson
Head of Computer Science Education Strategy, Google Inc.
Chief, Program Development National Director, Air Force Junior ROTC
Fellow, Schmidt Futures
KEY LEGISLATION IN SUPPORT OF THIS WORK
National Defense Authorization Act H.Rept. 116-120 / S.Rept. 116-48 / Conference report