Cybersecurity Opportunities Abound at Cypress College

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Cypress College provides a variety of opportunities to middle and high school students interested in the increasingly critical field of cybersecurity.

The College is a member of the SoCal Cybersecurity Community College Consortium, a collaborative effort between seven community colleges striving to create pathways to success in cybersecurity for K-12 students in Orange County.

In March, more than 90 students from Anaheim Unified High School District schools were on campus to learn about the CyberPatriots National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, a cybersecurity contest hosted by the non-profit Air Force Association.

Current and former Cypress College students mentor the middle and high school students to compete. Students on campus for the March 24 field trip participated in training sessions on securing Linux and Windows operating systems, CISCO networking, and building network cables.

Last season, six teams coached by Cypress College advanced to the semi-final rounds of competition. All participants were celebrated at the College’s first awards ceremony for the program earlier this semester.

Training sessions for the upcoming competition season are held once a month at Cypress College.

The College also offers two CISCO networking classes to high school juniors and seniors during the summer. The courses are free and prepare students for receiving the CISCO Certified Networking Associate Certificate.

For more information, contact Ben Izadi at bizadi@cypresscollege.edu, or Stephanie Teer, Cypress College special programs director at steer@cypresscollege.edu.

The Cypress College Career Academy also offers two weeks of cybersecurity workshops during the summer through the School of Continuing Education. Contact Ginger Neel at gneel@cypresscollege.edu for more information.