Cyber: Job Creation & Elimination Breakfast preps workforce of tomorrow

BOSSIER CITY — On Wednesday, Nov. 14, guests of the Cyber: Job Creation & Elimination Breakfast, held at the La Tech Academic Success Center, got to hear from prominent guest speakers about the future of the cyber field.

Several things were discussed including the cyber job market and the projected future of the field.

Jack Skaggs, with the Bossier Parish Police Jury and the Coordinating & Development Cooperation, shared some insight on the local government’s investment in the cyber job market. He touted the public and private partnerships that helped build the National Cyber Research Park, and he says that the growing cyber opportunities here can help keep the talent in the area.

“This was an opportunitity to build an economic leg that wasn’t dependent on the base.”

One prominent point that Skaggs made was by exposing children to the cyber realm early on in their education, we are culitvating the future workforce.

“Cyber is the future. This is the next industrial revolution.”

Skaggs says this is a way to keep families together because kids can pursue cyber here and also be able to find a job here when they graduate.

One prime example of this is Thomas Bush. He is a BPCC student from Bossier. He talked about what jobs cyber is creating and eliminating. He says that cyber is far reaching and it touches every industry. In the future, most task oriented jobs will be replaced with artificial intelligence.

Bush hopes to pursue cyber at Louisiana Tech once he finishes his main courses at BPCC. He realized his love for technology when he was exposed to early cyber education like the robotics program at his school.

“Technology has always appealed to me. I want to use it to help the government one day.”

Dr. Sumeet Dua with La Tech closed out the breakfast by discussing the role higher education plays in
preparing future generations.

“Cyber is not just a skill we could have. It’s a skill we should have.”

He also touched on how important cyber security is going to be in the very near future.

“Cyber security is at the front of national security,” Dua said.

The Cyber Job Creation & Elimination Breakfast is part of 2018 Innovation North LA. This year’s focus is showcasing all of the great opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship in our region. For more information on the events, visit

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