2023 Central Florida Cyber Challenge

It was a special morning for Orange County Public Schools and CTE at the 6th Annual Central Florida Cyber Challenge. For the first time ever, the OCPS RBELC and boardroom were been turned into a simulated ethical hacking environment for this work-based learning experience for students!

After opening remarks from Deputy Superintendent, Dr. Michael Armbruster, the first-ever Robert Curran IT Teacher of the Year Award was given to TJ Thoss, enterprise instructor at OTC South. The award was presented by Beth Curran, wife of the late Robert Curran, who was instrumental in connecting students across the district to the technology needed for student success.

The event allows high school and technical college student teams to compete in skills-based challenges, testing their abilities in a real-world environment. Thank you to our sponsors for helping make this event possible!

“As a former CTO of a large district in Florida (Hillsborough) I want to say I was blown away by the work put into this event. What your group is doing for the students is next level and I have spoken about the event multiple times since being there including the super at HCPS. The funny part is I am not an excitable person but I was excited for the students involved and got a chance to speak at the event. I hope to stay involved in this for many years as the student focus in the event is inspiring. 

Also, the respect shown to Bob was incredible and that job is not always popular as the decisions that must be made can be polarizing. I was grateful for that display of respect as it had a personal impact. “

Iris Valle-Head of State of Florida , Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Google K12 Education

Click  HERE to check out the event’s video.