Microcomputer Technology Program at BOCES Addresses Shortage of Cybersecurity Analysts

December 10, 2018

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that jobs for cybersecurity analysts in the U.S. will grow 28 percent by 2026, and there are currently hundreds of thousands of unfilled jobs available in the field. That is just one of the reasons the Microcomputer Technology program at The Tech Center at PNW BOCES is so relevant to the high school students who attend. It is preparing them for jobs in this and related fields, such as computer programming, networking, repair, and more.
“There are so many job openings in cybersecurity that are going unfilled because of a lack of knowledgeable and trained personnel,” said BOCES Career and Technical Education teacher Dr. Joseph DeCicco. “Cybersecurity is an exciting field.”
DeCicco’s two-year course teaches high school students PC hardware repair, programming, game programming, and computer networking in addition to cybersecurity. Cybersecurity is crucial to government offices, schools and all businesses—especially as hackers become more proficient at breaking into computers.
“There are so many career options in computer technology,” said Mahopac High School junior Olivia Murphy. “This class is great because we learn everything from hardware to software and programming.”
“I have always liked technology and wanted to get better at it so I could make a living in the field,” said Lakeland student Daniel Melo. “I’m learning things in this class that I would never have learned, like graphics, operating systems, and cybersecurity.”
Jason Bullis, a Horace Greeley student, said, “with everyone being on computers these days, it is really important to learn cybersecurity.”
The students are eager to learn all that the program has to offer. Carmel student Tony Duarte appreciates DeCicco’s expertise. “The teacher and the students in the program bring so much enthusiasm and knowledge about the field of microcomputer technology—they really put everything out there.”
Olivia Murphy (Mahopac) and Ayden Mallegol (Carmel) study Microcomputer Technology.