ARLINGTON, Va., March 14, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Air Force Association today announced that long-time CyberPatriot supporter, AT&T, has renewed their support of the nationally recognized program. AT&T is a Cyber Diamond sponsor of CyberPatriot, the National Youth Cyber Education Program, for more than four years, contributing through generous monetary donations, equipment donations, and employee volunteer opportunities within the program.
"AT&T is proud to again be a Cyber Patriot Diamond Sponsor. We have a continuing demand for Cyber experts and leaders and are excited to partner with Cyber Patriot in developing those leaders," said Colonel (USAF, Ret) Lance Spencer, AT&T Director for Air Force Strategy and Solutions.
"Our program is very fortunate to have the support of organizations like AT&T who have a strong desire to invest in the future of cyber. CyberPatriot is committed to exciting youth about the possibilities STEM education provides, and we couldn't do that without the incredible support of our generous sponsors," said Bernie Skoch, CyberPatriot National Commissioner.
CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program created by the Air Force Association to inspire high school, middle school and elementary school students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future and to help students be safe on line. In addition to the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, the program features AFA CyberCamps and AFA's Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative.
Supporters of CyberPatriot include Northrop Grumman Foundation, CyberPatriot's Presenting Sponsor, as well as Cyber Diamond sponsors AT&T, Cisco, Microsoft, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense; Cyber Gold sponsors Facebook, Riverside Research, Splunk, and Symantec; and Cyber Silver sponsors Air Force Reserve, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Leidos, and University of Maryland University College.
For more information about CyberPatriot, please visit www.uscyberpatriot.org.
The Air Force Association is a non-profit, independent, professional military and aerospace education association. Our mission is to promote a dominant United States Air Force and a strong national defense, and to honor Airmen and our Air Force Heritage.
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AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs. AT&T Aspire is AT&T's signature philanthropic initiative that drives innovation in education by bringing diverse resources to bear on the issue including funding, technology, employee volunteerism, and mentoring. Through Aspire, we've passed the $250 million mark on our plan to invest $350 million in education from 2008-2017.
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