Invited Sessions

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Apprenticeship session provides an exemplar of the academy-industry connection with a panel that includes industry professionals and the college/university admins they work with for the program. This session will also discuss how others can build similar programs. The moderator for this panel is Edwin “Leigh” Armistead, President of Peregrine Technical Solutions. The panelist include Nancy Prather-Johnson, Dean of Business, Computer Science, and IT at Tidewater Community College, Ursula Jones, Lands Manager for Goldbelt, Inc. and the first cybersecurity analyst apprentice in the United States, and Patricia “Trish” Morrison, Director, Division of Registered Apprenticeship, Virginia Department of Labor and Industry, 



Sharing experience and expertise for an excellent brainstorming session. Shot of colleagues having a brainstorming session with sticky notes at work.

Demonstration session allows an expert or panel of experts engage the  audience in how to solve a problem of cybersecurity and the impact this has on designing and capitalizing on experiential learning opportunities. 





In the Classroom Smart Asian Student Asks Professor a Question.

Roundtable on being competitive for internships—a student-focused session where undergraduate and graduate students from various disciplines can hear from academy, non-profit, for-profit, and government representatives on what they look for when selecting students for internships and similar experiential learning opportunities. The moderator for this program is Debbie Murry, Manager, Internships and Research Experience, Virginia Space Grant Consortium, and the panelists include Mr. Henry Bass, founder and president of Automation Creations, Inc., Mr. Bobby Kenner, Chief Executive Officer, Civilian Cyber, and Mr. J.J. Ruscella, EVP and Chief Immersive Officer, Access VR.



COVA CCI CybER Con is sponsored by the Coastal Virginia Center for Cybersecurity Innovation (COVA CCI) and the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI).

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