A team of Southwestern Community College business systems networking students from East Union High School were recently honored at the East Union High School Awards Ceremony for their participation in the USAF CyberPatriot V Competition. The team, which entered into the competition under the name Aerial Honey Badger Typhoon, placed second out of 100 teams in Iowa and 44th out of 600 teams in the nation. The top 30 teams in the nation went on to compete in Washington, DC.
Team members for the Aerial Honey Badger Typhoon included Drew Greene, Jake Hoff, Grant Hall, Ben Burkhead, Trevor Kelley, and Micheal Weinkotz. According to Loyal Winborn, SWCC business systems networking instructor and coach for SWCC’s CyberPatriot team, the SWCC team was less than 10 points from the top 30.
During the competition, students were asked to protect Windows XP and similar programs from Air Force hackers by deleting malware and cyber attacks while continuously connected to the Internet.
SWCC’s business systems networking program offers students the opportunity to take the courses as high school students and then, upon high school graduation, continue on for their associate of applied science degrees.