Lawrence Wagner, CEO. PHOTO: Spark Mindset, Inc.

Cybersecurity Program For The Lost Einsteins Of America

Cyberspace Academy High School Program is Launched Signup

– From the Editors at Cybercrime Magazine


Spark Mindset, Inc. recently announced the launch of its CyberSpace Virtual Academy Program, an online education service that prepares 6th–12th grade students for a career in cybersecurity starting September 14, 2020.

Spark Mindset CyberSpace Academy High School Program is a two-year virtual or hybrid program that prepares high school students for cybersecurity careers or a pathway to a two or four year college.

Spark Mindset CyberSpace Academy Middle School Program is a one-year virtual or hybrid enrichment or after-school program that prepares middle school students for a high school cybersecurity program. Our modules are thought-provoking and engaging and build your child’s confidence to become a self-regulated learner who can excel in a remote learning space.

We also believe in the importance of connections, both adult-to-student and student-to-student. Relationship building and belonging are core components at the start of students’ time with Spark Mindset.

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“Cybersecurity is one of the fastest-growing STEM career fields,” said Lawrence Wagner, Spark Mindset CEO and co-founder. “Due to COVID-19, many companies are having their employees work remotely, and we are creating solutions to prepare their children to work in this new environment.”

The average cybersecurity analyst makes $78,000 annually, and the cybersecurity industry is anticipated to experience 12-15 percent year-over-year cybersecurity market growth through 2021 and beyond.

In 2004, the global cybersecurity market was worth $3.5 billion — and in 2017 it was expected to be worth more than $120 billion. The cybersecurity market grew by roughly 35X over 13 years entering the most recent prediction cycle. Cybersecurity Ventures predicts global spending on cybersecurity products and services will exceed $1 trillion cumulatively over the five-year period from 2017 to 2021.

With the rapid growth of the cybersecurity industry, there remains a talent shortage and lack of diversity. Currently, minorities make up 26 percent of the cybersecurity field, while women represent 20 percent of this field. There will be 3.5 million unfilled jobs by 2021, up from one million positions in 2014, according to Cybersecurity Ventures.

“If you want to see more minorities in cybersecurity, you have to begin the talent pipeline at a young age,” explained Wagner. “And if children are going to use their devices more this summer, you might as well give them an opportunity for a bright future.”

For every child registered, a portion of the tuition goes towards a minority from a school in an underserved community.

REGISTER HERE for the CyberSpace Academy Virtual High School Program.


Spark Mindset offers educational programs to give kids – particularly kids of color and girls – opportunities to learn and earn credentials in the field of cybersecurity.

Beyond enriching in-school and out-of-school time through game-based learning, Spark Mindset creates opportunities for economic mobility by increasing the number of kids of color and girls in a rapidly growing tech field.