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Street Talk: On the road to cybersecurity

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August 3, 2018
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A new Michigan high school curriculum focused on automotive cybersecurity training will be piloted this fall.

Announced by Gov. Rick Snyder late last month, Masters of Mobility: Cyber Security on the Road is meant to fill the existing skills gap in the automotive cybersecurity field.

The curriculum will provide in-depth training for Michigan high school teachers, as well as resources and materials that will teach students to program, hack and learn to defend against cyberattacks.

The pilot Masters of Mobility program will launch in two east Michigan schools over the course of 12 weeks this fall, with a rollout to eight additional schools planned for 2019.

Schools being considered to launch the program are Oak Park High School, Clinton High School, Wilson Talent Center and Hale Area Schools.

“Offering our high school students hands-on experience in dynamic fields like automotive cybersecurity will be critical to filling the growing demand for talent in key professional trades,” Snyder said. “This is the type of innovative approach to career training that is at the core of the Marshall Plan for Talent.”

The program coursework was developed by the Square One Education Network and includes ethical considerations, training in car computer language and how small computers communicate with each other, engine fundamentals, cryptology and more.

It also builds on SAE’s A World in Motion programming for grades 6-8. Combined, the programs will help move students through an integrated STEM experience focused on developing Michigan’s automotive cyber workforce.

“As we continue our work to create the next generation of talent who will make autonomous vehicles mainstream, a vital part of that work will be to address the industry and market needs for cybersecurity, which is a critical step to achieve safety and consumer trust with the emerging technology,” said Dan DuBois, CEO of Square One Education Network.

SAE CyberAuto Challenge is a key partner in the program, with teachers attending this year’s event to interact with some of the world’s top automotive cyber professionals.

High school students in the Masters of Mobility program may be able to participate in future SAE CyberAuto Challenges, which attract teams from across the globe to Michigan each summer.

Other partners in the initiative include the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and GRIMM — a cybersecurity research and engineering firm that recently announced a new cybersecurity research lab in Sparta — which will leverage the program to identify candidates for more than 25 high-skilled, high-paying jobs and internships in Michigan.

By the numbers

Volunteers gathered last month to paint a mural on the side of the Wayland Hotel Bar and Grill.

Artist Tess Marhofer designed the mural to pay homage to Wayland’s historical “Dahlia City” nickname, in celebration of the city’s 150th anniversary.

“This public art installation accomplishes many of the DDA’s objectives for downtown,” said Ingrid Miller, Wayland DDA executive director. “It will have traffic calming effects, engage the community, increase pedestrian traffic and generally strengthen downtown’s sense of place, to highlight a few.”

Sherwin Williams provided supplies to the project at a low cost.

“We are thankful for the organizations that have found value in supporting our work. Sherwin Williams has been great to partner on this project,” Miller said.

Marhofer oversaw the project by transferring her design to the wall, guiding volunteers and adding final touches to the finished piece.

Volunteers began the two-day painting process July 14 using a paint-by-number strategy.

Fair-weather friend

Catholic Charities West Michigan is hosting its annual Raising Hope Dinner later this year with keynote speaker (and Rockford native) Ginger Zee, chief meteorologist for ABC News.

The dinner raises funds to support the more than 35 social service programs, in 11 counties, provided by CCWM, serving more than 21,000 people throughout the region.

Individuals in CCWM’s counseling and group therapy programs will present their stories, as will Zee.

“We are thrilled to have Ginger Zee as our keynote speaker for Catholic Charities West Michigan’s Raising Hope Dinner. Ginger’s story, about her mental health struggles, mirrors the many experiences of our clients and showcases how counseling can be a powerful tool for healing,” said Chris Slater, CCWM CEO.

Zee’s story is chronicled in her New York Times bestselling memoir, “Natural Disaster: I Cover Them, I am One,” in which she details her struggle with misguided and abusive relationships, as well as significant undiagnosed mental health issues that led her to check into a hospital 10 days before starting her network job.

The event is set for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 28, at Frederik Meijer Gardens. Tickets are $150.

Safety first

Holland-based contractor Elzinga & Volkers is running two community service efforts this month.

E&V employees now have the opportunity to donate money via payroll deductions to a "Community Safety Fund" that will be used for supporting local nonprofits.

The company’s first opportunity is with Bethany Christian Services, a global nonprofit committed to bringing and keeping families together. Funds from employee donations will pay to certify foster parents in CPR and first aid.

“We’re experts in safety and we live it every day,” said Mike Novakoski, president and CEO of E&V. “Instead of giving back in a traditional way, we are doing it the E&V way, unmistakably. Safety isn’t just a construction issue, it can be a concern in many industries, which is why we wanted our employee service program to be related to safety. It’s what we do best.”

The cost of training a foster care family in first aid and CPR is $52, and E&V expects each employee who donates one dollar per week over the course of the next year will cover the cost of training for one family.

“We have seen the impact (E&V) had on the community, and we are so grateful for their support,” said Chris Hulett, foster care licensing program manager for Bethany Christian Services. “Through these donations, up to 100 foster families will receive the CPR and first aid training required to keep foster children placed in their safe care.”

Bethany also provides services including adoption and foster care through its multiple West Michigan locations.

Secondly — because Holland just isn’t Dutch enough — E&V will have its famous giant, drivable Tulip Time wooden shoe parked outside its office for its “Stuff the Shoe” school supplies drive.

People can drop off items in the shoe from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at 86 E. Sixth St. throughout the month of August. All donations are welcome, but dry erase markers, dry erase board erasers, folders, staples and backpacks are highly encouraged.

All donations will go to local schools to help alleviate the costs for parents.

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