Ryan Deal, Business and IT College and Career Readiness Specialist , Jefferson County Public Schools
Scott U’Sellis, Information Technology & Media Arts Consultant, KY Department of Education
Subject: “The State’s Cybersecurity Pathway for Teens and What is Ahead”
Ryan Deal has served for more than a decade as a business and IT college and career readiness specialist at Jefferson County Public Schools. He is an experienced business information specialist with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry. Ryan is also skilled in negotiation, budgeting, Microsoft office, educational technology, and team building. He is a strong program and project management professional with a Master of Science (M.S.) focused in Applied Information Technology from Bellarmine University.
Scott U’Sellis is an information technology and media arts consultant within the KY Department of Education. He takes on as his mission to be a knowledgeable individual who attempts to constantly improve in every facet of life, whether it be personal or professional. Scott’s professional objective is to help as many people as possible to become business proficient and to become positive, knowledgeable citizens in our world.
“The State’s Cybersecurity Pathway for Teens and What is Ahead” will give insight to how the state has adopted a proactive pathway model for teens in 9th through 12th grade that will go into the classroom beginning in this next semester both in Jefferson County Public Schools as well as other school districts across the state. Kentucky is only the second state to adopt the cyber engineering curricula created by NICERC, a federal agency, thanks to TALK’s effort to bring this curricula to the state and address a workforce demand. Scott and Ryan will explore and define the available IT pathways being used in the classroom, how this impacts the future workforce, and why it is important to see more computer science in our schools in general. Scott will discuss the new standards committee at the state level to push computer education down into kindergarten and through 12th grade. Ryan will discuss the schools adopting the pathway and how you, as a professional, can be part of the TALK speaker bureau to come into the classroom for labs, and talks about cybersecurity and other tech talks. Cybersecurity needs are growing 12 times faster than other profession nationwide and here in KY as well. The time is now to have our youth educated in jobs of the future. Schools in Jefferson County adopting the cyber engineering pathway include: Southern, Seneca, Fairdale, Central, and Ballard High School. Schools in Jefferson County incorporating a portion of the curricula include: ESL Newcomer Academy, Fern Creek, Louisville Manual, and Eastern High School.