Cyber sabotage

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That’s right, cyber sabotage is all part of the career exploration program offered through a partnership between Comprehensive Community Action Program (CCAP) and the Warwick Area Career and Technical Center this summer. Funded by federal funds administered by the Governor’s Workforce Board, 19 middle and high school students from across the state were introduced to marine trades welding and computer technology. Christopher Bianco ran the marine trades component and Elizabeth Scharette had the students taking computers apart, building wiring systems, networks and computers and troubleshooting computers. What some students enjoyed most was deliberately “sabotaging” a computer, which Scharette encouraged, and challenging their peers to track down the problem. Under the program students are paid $9.45 an hour that, according to Toll Gate ninth grader James Paul, surely beats looking at a screen and doing nothing all day. Center director William McCaffrey said the program not only exposed the students to possible career opportunities but also to the center and its programs.

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