North Dakota's K-20W Initiative


β€œThe 21st century economy requires 21st century skills. With a statewide focus on computer science and cybersecurity we're helping students succeed in a global, digital economy.”

– Doug Burgum, Governor, North Dakota

The skills gap is Growing; cyber threats are increasing

Predicted shortage of 3 million cybersecurity professionals by 2023. – ISC2 2018 report.

2019 Presidential Executive Order calls for increased focus on the United States’ cybersecurity workforce.

Ransomware attacks are in the headlines daily with hundreds of entities falling prey every year; School districts and government entities are prime targets for attacks.

The global pandemic work-from -home shift has exponentially increased cyber threats


Leverage partnerships and in-kind contributions

Make strategic investments in our students – and our state

Actively promote programs and competitions: CyberStart America, Cyber Patriot, Capture the Flag, Hacking Contests, Hour of Code

Build momentum, celebrate successes, leadership involvement

By Investing in our Future

In 2018 more than 40 public and private sector partners came together with a shared vision to grow the next generation of cyber professionals.

In 2019, the Department of Public Instruction created the nation’s first integrated computer science and cybersecurity standards.

Between 2018 and 2020, more than 5,000 K-12 educators participated in Computer Science and Cyber Education trainings and professional development. The University System is offering new courses, certificates, and degree programs in cybersecurity and related technology fields.

A Bold Vision for the Future

The digital landscape is transforming society. North Dakota's goal is to lead the nation in cyber education, kindergarten through PhD and workforce.