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FHS Computer Science Students Hear About the Need for Cyber Security Experts

Students in the Computer Science Magnet Program at Freehold High School recently met with Mandy Galante, the Cyberstart Program Director at the Sans Institute and New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell Outreach Coordinator.

Mrs. Galante spoke with the students about the need for cyber security experts in various fields. The group discussed how the recent surge in “smart” technologies leaves the average user vulnerable. They also discussed the current job market trends in the area of cyber security. Students were engaged throughout the presentation and several expressed interest in blending their interests in other areas with cyber security.

The Computer Science Magnet Program is a four-year program of study for students who wish to explore computer science or computer engineering as a career path. Students take at least one computer science course each year and a specialized mathematics course during the first two years of the program.

Students will develop programming and other technical skills where application of scientific methods will yield the creation of high quality, computer-based solutions to real problems. In partnership with Vydia, students in the Computer Science Magnet Program have the opportunity to partake in summer internships to apply their knowledge and skills.

The goals are to give students a solid and rigorous background in computer science principles and requisite mathematical skills to build proficiency in problem-solving techniques of computer science, and to provide graduates with the background and the skills necessary to continue their education in college or enter the workforce or military service.

Every year, our students successfully compete in several programming contests.  Our Computer Science Magnet Program is the only school worldwide to have three students win the Google Code-In (2010, 2012, 2014 ). For this reason, the Google Code-In Program Manager kicked off the 2015 Google Code-In at Freehold High School to honor the program's achievements. At Monmouth University's Programming Contest, students earned first and third place in 2016 and first and second in 2015.  Since participating in Rowan University's Programming Contest in 2013, students have placed in the top four each year. Additionally, students have placed in the top three of the Gold Tier State Round at the Air Force Association CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition and in the American Computer Science League. Throughout the year, students participate in various hack-a-thons, where a number of our students earn Hacks of Distinction recognition.

After graduation, 92% of students continue their study of computer science or another STEM major such as information systems, mechanical engineering, cyber security, or physics.  Our graduates have been accepted to Carnegie Mellon, University of California-Berkeley, Stevens Institute of Technology, University of Maryland, Georgia Tech, NYU, NJIT, Princeton, Rensselaer, Rochester Institute of Technology, and many other prestigious schools.

Mandy Galante speaks to Computer Science students