BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - People can hardly do anything these days without some type of cyber technology. Starting next year, Tara High School will help East Baton Rouge students get a jump on the cyber world with a new cyber engineering program.
Mugeni Lukongo never thought she would be in school this summer.
"At first it was confusing because I was fairly new to it." she said. "Then, when it got explained to me, I understood it. Now, I know it."
The even bigger surprise is that she is liking it.
The Tara High sophomore along with a handful of students and a couple of teachers are getting a first look at a first-of-its-kind curriculum in cyber engineering.
The program, designed by Cyber Innovation Center in Bossier City, immerses students in everything cyber. It covers subjects from cyber literacy to cyber science, physics, math, engineering computer science, cyber ethics and social issues as well as the regular core high school courses.
According to Tara principal Karen Triche, the goal is to have graduates ready for computer-related college coursework or head straight into the job market where there are hundreds of thousands of positions that need filling.
The program is already in place in several states, but it will debut in Louisiana at Tara High this school year. It will be open to high school freshmen and sophomores. Triche said that while grades are important, curiosity is key.
"You don't need to have straight A's." she said. "If you want to learn. If you use your hands. If you come to school every day, and you can get excited about new information, it is the program for you."
By the time students graduate, they will have earned up to 15 college credits and should be able to test for certification.
Tara High will host an open house to demonstrate the program June 29.