Document Type

Conference Paper

Publication Date





1-10 pp.

Conference Name

2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, July 26-29, 2021, Virtual Conference


The current state of technology with recent explosions in the digital processing of paperwork, computer networking use, and online and virtual approaches to areas, which until very recently had traditional and non-computerized ways of operating, led to a steady increase in the demand for jobs in the area of computer science and cybersecurity. The education system, the pipeline for the incoming workforce, needs to keep up with this tremendous pace in technology and the job market. The current K-12 school system has been extensively challenged to fill out necessary positions in order to address the increasing need for programs that respond to industry and government entity gaps in employment. The COVID-19 pandemic forced a large segment of the economy to swiftly move to virtual working and virtual learning. This further increased the already large demand for cybersecurity jobs and accelerated the pace at which the development of necessary education pathways is required. The education system, on all different levels, needs to adjust to this pace in order to enable a large number of future graduates to fill these new jobs. There is currently a large gap in the number of K-12 level teachers available in the area of career and technical education. One possible solution to this problem may come from a specific segment of the workforce, veterans. This paper will provide an overview of different challenges that many veterans are facing after joining career switcher programs for future teachers.


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Original Publication Citation

ovanovic, V. M., & Crespo, M. A., & Brown, D. E., & Marshall, D., & Popescu, O., & Kuzlu, M., & Katsioloudis, P. J., & Vahala, L. (2021, July), A look into increasing the number of veterans and former government employees converting to career and technical cybersecurity teachers [Paper presentation]. 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference.


0000-0002-8626-903X (Jovanovic), 0000-0002-8719-2353 (Kuzlu)