GenCyber Academy: Yamilett Hernandez


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The different exercises we did at the GenCyber Academy brought what we were learning to life. I have always been fascinated by anything to do with forensics, whether it involves sitting behind a computer or investigating a crime scene in the field. I am interested in everything from robotics to network defense to different methods of hacking. In the future, I want to become an FBI agent. I have my heart set on helping people through this work.

Yamilett Hernandez, Hill Regional Career High School, New Haven, Connecticut

Yamilett Hernandez participated in the University of New Haven’s GenCyber Agent Academy, a program designed for high school students that is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Security Agency (NSA). Hosted by the University’s Tagliatela College of Engineering, the camp is a comprehensive one-week, hands-on, intensive program designed not only to teach participants about cybersecurity, but also to have a long-term effect on their career goals and aspirations. It is the first camp of its kind in Connecticut and is open to 20 male and 20 female high school students throughout the country at no cost for participants.