The Advanced Generation Of STEM woRkforce professionAls (AGORA) Program offered at the Center for Defense and Homeland Security is designed to train high school students from underrepresented and underserved populations in STEM fields and Cybersecurity. 

According to the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES), despite two decades of progress, women and minorities hold fewer jobs in science and engineering compared to their makeup of the total population. Based on multiple estimates, by 2021 there will be a cybersecurity skills gap in the United States between 1.8 million and 3.5 million unfilled jobs. By creating a pipeline from underserved high schools, the CDHS aims to fill some of those jobs with students who would otherwise be overlooked. By tapping overlooked communities through AGORA, the CDHS is taking the lead in developing the next generation of STEM workforce professionals.