Lakota teacher co-winner of national cyber education award

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Dougherty joins Robert Stubblefield, Jr., of Troy High School in Fullerton, California, in earning the honor.

And it’s not the first national recognition for Dougherty.

Earlier this year, he was awarded the inaugural Educator Award from Cyber.org for his work in launching the Lakota Cyber ​​Academy at East and West High Schools.

ExploreLakota Cyber ​​​​Academy trains future warriors in cyber security

The academy program, which opened in 2019, is one of only two among public school districts in Southwest Ohio.

The main business partner of the academy is the international IT corporation Belcan, located in the city of Blue Ash, Hamilton County.

With starting salaries as low as $60,000, those who are trained and hold various levels of professional certification can begin their young adult lives with job security and a high ceiling for advancement.

Industry experts report that more than 3 million cybersecurity jobs are unfilled.

Matt Miller, superintendent of the 17,200-student district, said “we are incredibly proud of Ben and the impact he has had on our students.”

“Ben has played an integral role in not only starting, but continuing the success of Lakota Cyber ​​Academy. His students benefit from his dedication every day,” Miller said.

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