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Student Selected For Internship At George Washington University's Cyber Security Policy & Research Institute

Amber Cook, a student in Catawba Valley Community College's Cyber Crime Technology program, is one of the first four community college students in the United States to be selected for an internship at George Washington University's prestigious Cyber Security Policy & Research Institute (CSPRI). 
During her 10-week internship, Cook will conduct background research on the topic "Can cyberspace be secured?" and explore the benefit of an invitation-only conference focused on the topic. She will also explore distance learning as a technology to promote sharing of course work from GWU and other four-year institutions to community colleges.
Cook is a member of CVCC's Student CyberWatch, an organization devoted to furthering the protection of personal information and securing computer networks.
She and her classmates conducted a security risk assessment for the Town of Maiden during the 2010 spring semester.
She was home schooled by parents, Brock and Trina Coffey of Bethlehem. While completing high school, she was also dual enrolled at CVCC.
She and her husband, Brandon, live in Bethlehem.
For more information about CVCC's Cyber Crime Technology program, visit, or contact Tom Foss, instructor and executive director of CVCC's Center for Information Assurance, 828-327-7000, ext. 4794,

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