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IT Cybersecurity

Academy for Hawaii Intelligence Studies Summer Program (AHI-SP)

UH Mānoa’s College of Social Sciences is excited to announce a summer program in IT Cybersecurity. Designed for qualified rising juniors and seniors from Hawaiʻi high schools, this innovative program offers a rewarding 3-credit course and closely related activities. All expenses (including registration, tuition, and fees) are covered (certain restrictions may apply). Credits earned can be applied towards a higher education degree.

This program is offered in partnership with the Pacific Intelligence and Innovation Initiative (P3I). With the support of Hawaii’s congressional delegation, P3I aims to foster economic development in Hawaiʻi by creating a skilled local workforce to meet the demand in the defense sector for professionals in intelligence, IT, cybersecurity, and data.

Program Timeline

This exciting four-week program runs from July 1, 2024, to July 26, 2024, and consists of two distinct components:


Complete a UH Mānoa Course

Participants will complete ICS 426: Computer System Security *, a course that covers topics such as information flow, confinement, information assurance, malicious programs, vulnerability analysis, network security, and writing secure programs. This course will be offered online and is asynchronous, allowing students to access and complete the coursework at their own pace and on their own schedule.

* ICS 426 is equivalent to Kapiʻolani Community College’s ITS 122 and Windward Community College’s ICS 171.


Participate in Field Trips

On Oʻahu, program participants will embark on four engaging in-person field trips, one per week. These trips offer a unique opportunity to visit Department of Defense (DOD) facilities and explore various businesses at the forefront of IT cybersecurity.


Who can participate in the program?

This dynamic opportunity is open to:

  • Qualified rising juniors and seniors from high schools in Hawaiʻi.
  • Residents of Hawaiʻi, specifically from Oʻahu or Maui.
  • Students with a minimum high school GPA of 2.8 (based on cumulative grades from 9th to Fall 2023).

How to Apply

Students interested in participating must apply by Friday, May 10, 2024.

Complete the AHI-SP IT Cybersecurity application today!

Decisions will be made by Friday, May 24, 2024. Some applicants may be waitlisted.

Note: Approved applicants will also need to complete a UH Mānoa’s Outreach College application (instructions will be provided). To ensure the timely completion of the application, all IT Cybersecurity program applicants should begin to gather transcripts/grades (9th to Fall 2023). If multiple high schools were attended, transcripts/grades are needed from each school. Grades from Spring 2024 will not be necessary.

Question about this Program?

Dave Stevens

For coursework concerns, please contact:

David Stevens

Course Instructor

Assistant Professor, Information Technology
Kapiʻolani Community College

Jaret KC Leong

For program and application/selection process concerns, please contact:

Jaret KC Leong

Program Director

Director of Mānoa Academy and Academic Pathways
College of Social Science, UH Mānoa