Publish Date: 11/28/2017
In Be'er-Sheva, the first graduating class of "Technological Core" began, in which young people from the United States came to Israel for a specialization program in the field of telecommunications, at the end of which they will join the IDF. This is a 'Gap-Year' program, of 5-9 months, designed for high school graduates from all over the world before entering the academic stage of their lives. In Israel, the Gap program is the equivalent of a year of service or a pre-military preparatory program designed for the physical, mental and educational preparation of youth for the next period in their lives - the army. The program focuses on technological training and professional expertise, while exposure to entrepreneurship, innovation and Israeli technology. All this is done alongside, Hebrew studies, tours of Israel and an in-depth acquaintance with Israeli society.
The Gap program takes place in Be'er-Sheva, the Israeli cyber capital, and exposes its students to the Israeli high-tech world. This program is shared by the Lotem Core Group, an immigration program for lone soldiers to serve in the Communications and Cyber Corps. The participants in the group will participate in technological training, in the professional specialization, and in the entire educational program, and will pass a preparatory program for the IDF.
The program is the result of an initiative by "BIG IDEA," which has been specializing in informal technological education for a decade, in cooperation with the Be'er-Sheva Municipality, the Jewish Agency, Nefesh B'Nefesh, the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption, the IDF's ICT Division, the Masa Project and CDI - the Digital Innovation Center in Be'er-Sheva.
For more information: BIGIDEA