New Entrepreneurship, Cybersecurity Program at UVa-Wise

WISE,Va. – The University of Virginia’s College at Wise will be offering the new Summer Program on Entrepreneurship and Cybersecurity (SPEC) beginning in July.

The program is geared towards business and computer science students in the hopes of overlapping the two disciplines. It aims to make students in cybersecurity think like business students and open businesses to the use of technology.

SPEC is intended to be an intense course worth three credit hours for students who complete it.

The three week program includes four to five hours of class each morning followed by speakers and computer lab in the afternoon.

Along with the usual coursework, students will have the opportunity to visit local businesses as well as travel to Washington D.C. for two and a half days.

Trips to Charlottesville, Monticello, and Colonial Williamsburg will also be available on the return trip from Washington D.C.

Leisure activities such as hiking, camping, rafting, movie nights, and computer games will be offered during the weekends and evenings.

Aside from the excursions, the program will mainly be held on campus in Wise.

UVa-Wise students will be joined by international students from partner universities the Universidad de los Andes, Santiago, Chile and the University of South Wales, Cardiff, Wales, the United Kingdom. All three universities have had exchanges with one another previously.

The price for international students is $600 not including airfare. Students will stay in the residence halls with the cost of meals and extra curricular activities being included in the program fee.

SPEC will begin on July 7 and end on July 28. International students will meet with other student at the Washington Dulles airport the first day and all students will begin classes on campus the following Tuesday.

The SPEC program is supported by the University of Virginia’s Strategic Investment Fund.

According to program director David M. Klocek, UVa-Wise previously proposed the program to U.Va. and was turned down. They then improved the program and had it accepted last year.

Klocek also said that another goal of the program is creativity. Wise, Chile, and Wales are all mining areas who could benefit from other economic opportunities that are not mining related.

A third hope for the program is that the first running of SPEC will lead to other programs.

For more information on SPEC, contact Klocek at

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