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Creating Safe Communities through Information Technology Training in Homeland Security Applications

Eastern Michigan University, in cooperation with the Detroit Public Schools, the City of Detroit Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and the Environmental System Research Institute Inc., proposes to develop the Mayor's Youth Technology Corps.

MYTC is a project funded by NSF ITEST (Information technology Experience for Students and Teachers) Program , offers resources, support, and opportunities for strengthening science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through informal education.

MYTC was proposed and approved as "Mayor's Youth Technology Corps" at the beginning. MYTC is a three-year program designed to provide two cohorts of 100 urban high school students, from Detroit Public Schools, with training and hands-on practice in a variety of IT management tools. This program will leverage online learning environments, online mentoring and support activities, and direct face-to-face training workshops to engage the students in learning STEM (IT and GIS/T in particular) in a urban community based problem-solving environment.

MYTC will introduce the students to computer-aided drafting and designs, 2D and 3D geometry and computation, building construction and design, database creation and management, computerized simulation, information assurance, computer emergency response team operations, and computer forensics. The students will use their geospatial and information technology skills to create, manage, analyze and merge all of the available data resources into a coherent emergency response system.


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