Thank you for applying for the Great Lakes Region Cybersecurity Academy 2020. The faculty and staff are preparing for a week that you should find interesting, challenging, and of course, fun!
This web page should serve as your guide in preparing for the academy. While we will try to add everything we can think of to this page, if you ever have a question that isn’t answered here, please feel free to shoot us a message at
This is the third year that the Ferris State University (FSU) Engineering Technology Program is hosting the Academy on the FSU campus. You’ll be using the Program’s classrooms and labs while learning and participating in work sessions under the guidance of FSU faculty and industry cybersecurity practitioners. You’ll also be able to recharge at the top-notch FSU dining facility, and will spend each night in a residence hall room on a floor reserved for CAP.
The Academy strives to maintain a professional learning environment that encourages collaboration and participation. We want your focus to be on the lessons that are taught and activities that you participate in. We do expect that you maintain a tidy living area, have fun during evening activities, and listen to your cadre as they’re there to guide and mentor you throughout the week.
The staff is broken down into three categories: Command, Instructor, and Cadre. The Command staff is your leadership and chain of command to include the Academy Superintendent, Dean of Students, and Commandant of Cadets. The Instructors are professionals from various industries such as corporate IT security, University professors, and military cyber warfare operators. Cadre are cadet staff who have been through the academy and have returned to help guide and mentor you through the week.
To read staff bios,
check out our staff page. Deadlines
By now, you have already been slotted as a primary or alternate for the Academy. Whether you were slotted as a primary or alternate, you will need to complete a couple steps. We will be slotting alternates into primary slots until we are full and primaries have paid in eServices.
Those that were slotted as a
Reply to the welcome email confirming your slot and understanding of the future deadlines by March 21st
Complete the payment process via eServices prior to April 30th (
Those that were slotted as an
Reply to the welcome email stating whether or not you wish to remain on the alternate list for a chance of a primary slot
Failure to do the above will potentially result in you being dropped from the course. Once your spot is confirmed, be aware of these future dates.
May 15 – 19: Pre-Test is available for Advanced Track selection
June 19: Complete travel arrangements and email itinerary to email@example.com
July 1: Pre-Work made available to students
This year, the Academy will be offering three courses of study: Standard, Advanced – Networking, and Advanced – Systems. We recently split the Advanced course into the two specialty tracks so those that were slotted into the Advanced course will have the option to choose which track they would like to study in. More information will be sent to those slotted in the Advanced course.
The Standard Course covers material from the AFA CyberPatriot standard camp curriculum. Topics in this course include entry level knowledge in the Windows and Linux operating system along with basic computer networking skills. This course is great for those who wish to participate in CyberPatriot and help grow their home squadron’s team for next years competition.
The Advanced – Networking Course will teach students about networking protocols, routing and switching, and the use of Cisco’s packet tracer software. This course is great for those who wish to pursue a Cisco entry level certification or have a solid foundation of computer networking, which is essential to the IT industry.
The Advanced – Systems Course will teach students in-depth knowledge of Windows and Linux operating systems with special interest in penetration testing and ethical hacking. This course is great for those who wish to learn more about securing/hardening their systems at home or beginning their path into the cybersecurity industry.
No matter the course of study you are in, each one has practical hands-on labs and experienced instructors giving you the most up-to-date industry information.
Pre-Test & Pre-Work
Two months prior the start of the Academy, we will send out a pre-test for everyone to complete. This is purely for our use to gauge the level of your knowledge coming into the academy. We will take the results and fine tune the curriculum to maximize what we teach in the short amount of time that we have.
Two weeks prior to the start of the Academy, we will send out pre-work based on the course of study that you are in. This pre-work will consist of online resources to help start the learning process. It may include reading material, online challenges, or videos to watch. The pre-work is solidified after the pre-test results are compiled.
All cadets are highly encouraged to fly into Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids Michigan prior to 1400 on Sunday. We will have recurring trips to the airport based on the arrival times of cadets.
If you wish to drive, you must email the Academy mailbox a Google Maps print out of your trip and an estimated departure and arrival time to Ferris State University. All cadets must park and lock their car in designated areas and turn in their keys for the week during check-in. If a cadet’s parent is driving, we only require you to email an estimated arrival time on Sunday and estimated departure time on Saturday following the graduation.
After check-out (1200) on Saturday, CAP vans will begin taking cadets to the airport. Expect the earliest arrival time at Grand Rapids airport to be 1300. Please be conscious of TSA security checks and navigating airports when booking your departure and arrival times.
A good resource to use is Google Flights to view different airline prices and travel times.
Cadets will NOT travel in uniform and if flying, should keep a change of clothes and their electronics in their carry-on. Please arrive in casual civilian clothes to check-in and plan to leave in civilian clothes.
When registering through the eServices Registration and Payment System, you filled out the required medical information such as insurance and parental consent for medical treatment.
However, cadets are required to have emergency contact information and their medical history on them at all times during the event. You will need to bring a signed CAPF 160 and a CAPF 161 with you to the event to keep on you throughout the week. If you are over the age of 18, you may sign for yourself. Packing List
The Academy uniform of the day most days will be the Utility uniform (ABU/BDU). During the evening, we will be doing various sports, activities, and things to unwind. You are welcome to wear casual, but modest, civilian clothes during that time. Swimming will be an option and we recommend bringing appropriate swimwear. Living quarters will be rooms in college residence halls that have twin XL beds, a dresser, and a shared bathroom. Plan to bring toiletries, linens or a sleeping bag, and anything else that you may need to be comfortable (i.e. a fan and snacks). You will not need to keep your room inspection ready, but we expect you to keep it neat and tidy and we reserve the right to inspect your room at any time.
You are welcomed to bring laptops, tablets, phones, etc. to the activity to take notes and utilize during the day. However, inappropriate use of the technology will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. Below is an example packing list to aid you in your planning process. We do not have access to laundry services at this time
Download Cybersecurity Academy Packing List (PDF) Safety, Health, and Physical Security
During the week there will be other summer camps going on with non-cap members. We ensure safety through the wingman concept and having a safety officer on staff throughout the week. During the evening, staff will be roaming around as well as stationed in the residence halls during the night.
Ferris State University also has various employees working throughout the week such as residence hall staff, faculty, and campus police. While not affiliated with CAP, they are trained to help when safety concerns arise.
If you have allergies, prescriptions, or various health concerns, our staff should have been made aware of it from the CAP forms you submitted during the registration process. But it doesn’t hurt to give us a friendly reminder during check-in that you have X allergy or you carry Y medication. The FSU dining hall has a wide selection of foods and can cook-to-order anything you need.
Field Trip Information
This year’s field trip will be to the Battle Creek Air National Guard Base to tour their facilities. This includes their Command and Control floor, Remotely Piloted Aircraft simulator, and the Cyber Operations Squadron. Cadets are required to have their CAPID and a government issued ID card such as a driver’s license or state ID card. Failure to have both will result in not being allowed on base or in the secured facilities.
Throughout the week, we will post pictures to a SmugMug collection so parents and friends can see what you’re learning. This collection will be made available as we get closer to the activity.
Graduation will take place on Saturday at 1130 in the Swan Technical Arts building. Family and friends are welcomed to attend if they wish. Please arrive 10-15 minutes prior to the start time.
Following the graduation, students will be released to change into civilian clothes and shuttles to the airport will begin.