Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio, is teaming up with education technology company D2L to offer a free cybersecurity course for K-12 school system and technology leaders. The goal of the course is to help school leaders better understand cyber threats and identify key mitigation and prevention steps.

Sinclair Community College said the course was designed in response to the unique needs and challenges facing K-12 schools. The school added that the course will provide “K-12 administrators with the essential knowledge and actionable information to lead their school systems in navigating this critical work of cybersecurity resilience.”

The course runs 1-2 hours and is self-paced. It was developed using D2L’s Creator+ course authoring tool and features interactive elements and curated resources.

“Both D2L and Sinclair Community College attended the White House Cybersecurity Summit for K-12 Schools in August and are thrilled to partner on this free cybersecurity course,” said Kyle Jones, information technology chair at Sinclair Community College. “Our mission is to find the need and endeavor to meet it. This partnership with D2L allows us to empower our local K-12 administrators with the knowledge and skills they need to protect their students, staff, and data from cyber threats.”

Sinclair Community College said it has been working with D2L since 2012. The school also noted that it previously received Federal grants to support cybersecurity education, though grant funding is not being used for this initiative.

“One of the most important aspects of addressing cybersecurity issues is a willingness to learn, and I believe today’s free cybersecurity course can play a part in helping us all stay agile in the face of evolving threats,” said Stephen Laster, president of D2L.

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Kate Polit is MeriTalk SLG's Assistant Copy & Production Editor, covering Cybersecurity, Education, Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs