IRVING -- Keeping America safe from the threats of terrorism! Yeah, that’s the simple goal of Hamza Abdallah, our Class Act of the Week, brought to you by Time Warner Cable.
Hamza is a sophomore at Jack E. Singley Academy in Irving, where he is part of the school’s Homeland Security program.
The program at his school is designed to be a lot more than just books and theories; there’s hands on physical training.
“It’s one thing to be in a classroom and learn it on paper and it’s another thing to experience it in the real world applications. And Hamza receives it well on all fronts,” said Brent Baird, Homeland Security Instructor at Singley Academy.
Besides those skills, Hamza is also talented linguistically. He speaks Bengali and reads Arabic, and he’s also learning the language of coding through cyber-security!
“We’re learning the foundations of programming and building firewalls and such. We’re learning how to stay safe on social media and learning to keep our network from being compromised,” Hamza said. “We learn not necessarily how to hack, but counter and respond to the hacking that’s going on.”
For Hamza, his goals are clear. “In the future, I plan on either joining the military or joining a federal agency, such as CIA or FBI, and helping prevent terrorism."
So while we all go about our day-to-day lives, it’ll be guys like Hamza keeping us safe!
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