Information and Communication Technology Council (ICTC) of Canada’s CyberTitan Program
The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) is a Canadian not-for-profit national centre of expertise for the digital economy. Through trusted research, innovative talent solutions, and practical policy advice, ICTC fosters innovative and globally competitive Canadian industries empowered by a talented and diverse digital workforce.
believes in the importance of developing a highly skilled, educated and motivated ICT/digital workforce that will drive economic growth and innovation. In partnership with industry, government, not-for-profits and the education sector, ICTC strives to define critical competencies and standards; build education and employment pathways for youth and adult learners to increase digital literacy and STEM skills; provide educators with tools and resources to enhance learning, and connect youth to jobs.
In 2008, ICTC created the Focus on Information Technology (FIT)
program, a nationally recognized certificate program designed for secondary school students interested in gaining real-world skills. FIT students gain essential ICT and business skills in grades 10 to 12 to prepare them for post-secondary education and employment. FIT concentrations include; Interactive Media, Business and Information Analysis, Software Design and Development, and Network Systems and Operations.
In 2016, ICTC introduced Canada’s Cyber Security Education Initiative, CyberTitan
, offered in affiliation with the Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot Program. This collaboration of national youth cyber education programs promotes education and awareness in technology education and fosters excellence in students pursuing careers in cyber security and STEM areas.
CyberTitan prepares middle and secondary school students by:
- creating learning opportunities for students to engage in hands-on simulated environments to develop the necessary digital/ICT skills to pursue post-secondary education
- helping them acquire skills essential to work in many STEM fields
- providing pathways for them to identify roles they can play help to secure our systems