Fall 2017 Schedule of Classes Available Online, in Bookstore

The Fall 2017 Schedule of Classes is now available online and for sale in the Bookstore. Classes begin the week of August 28. The Summer 2017 Schedule of Classes is also available.

The fall schedule cover features alumna Danila Mendez (Class of 2016), a Business and Accounting Transfer Major now studying at UCI. Mendez, a single mother, said that her Cypress College professors recognized her potential before she did.

“When I first enrolled I just wanted to get an accounting certificate to hopefully better my pay as a basic accounts receivable clerk,” she said. “[A]ll the professors … genuinely care about their students and the quality of education they provide. They have all unknowingly inspired me to be a better version of myself.”

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Cybersecurity Opportunities Abound at Cypress College

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.

 

Baseball Team Recognized for High Academic Achievement

The 2015-2016 Cypress College baseball team has been recognized as a Scholar Team awardee by the California Community College Athletic Association for high academic achievement and competition.

“The entire campus community is proud of Chargers baseball for maintaining a high level of academic excellence and athletic competition,” said Cypress College President Dr. Bob Simpson. “Our student athletes are students first and our baseball team has a long tradition of academic honors along with their athletic successes.”

The honor is the highest academic team achievement awarded annually by the CCCAA. To qualify, nominated teams must have a collective GPA of 3.0 or higher and have demonstrated notable accomplishments in intercollegiate athletic competition.

In addition to maintaining a team GPA of 3.17, the 2015-2016 Chargers baseball team competed in the postseason, advancing to the state semi-finals.

“The 2016 team epitomized what it means to be a student athlete,” said baseball Coach Anthony Hutting. “Their dedication to excelling in the classroom was evident on a daily basis. Not only were they committed to being successful on the field, which resulted in a Final Four appearance, more importantly the team strived for excellence as students. I am very proud of them.”

The accomplishment will be acknowledged at the Celebration of Student Athletes Award Luncheon at the CCCAA Convention on Wednesday, March 29 in Concord, CA.

Enchanté Paris!

Interested in visiting the land of romance and fine dining while earning college credit? Study abroad in Paris for the Fall 2017 semester!

The Study Abroad Program will be holding an information session on Monday, March 6 from 6-7:30 p.m. in CCCPLX 414.

The semester program includes:

  • Seven English and psychology courses to choose from
  • Round-trip airfare between Los Angeles and Paris
  • Twin-bedded room in an apartment, or a family homestay
  • Transportation cards
  • Full-day excursions to Chartres and Versailles
  • Three-day, two-night excursion to Avignon and Aix-en-Provence

To be eligible, you must:

  • Have completed 12 units of college-level work, including ENG 100 (College Writing) or equivalent with “C” or better
  • Have a GPA of at least 2.5
  • Be at least 18 by the start of the semester

For more information, visit the Study Abroad Program site.

Questions? Contact Doug Eisner, program coordinator, at deisner@fullcoll.edu or (714) 992-7308.

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Study Abroad in London This Summer

Interested in studying in the land of the Queen for a summer? The Study Abroad Program is now offering a short-term summer opportunity, in addition to full semester sessions during spring and fall. Summer 2017 trip dates are June 14-July 15.

Cypress English professor Mary Forman will be holding an information session on Wednesday, February 22 from 4:30-6 p.m. in CCCPLX 414.

This summer’s trip to London includes:

  • English 239F Survey of Children’s Literature class
  • Round-trip airfare between Los Angeles and London
  • Twin-bedded homestay with daily breakfast
  • London Transport travel card
  • Guided visits to Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, and British Museum
  • Three day, two night excursion by train to the Lake District with bed and breakfast accommodation

To be eligible, you must:

  • Have completed 12 units of college-level work, including ENG 100 (College Writing) or equivalent with “C” or better
  • Have a GPA of at least 2.5
  • Be at least 18 by the start of the semester
Questions? Contact mforman@cypresscollege.edu or (714) 484-7156.

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Mortuary Science Alum First in Line as Baccalaureate Application Opens

Steve Crawford was so determined to be the first applicant for Cypress College’s Funeral Service baccalaureate program, he flew to Southern California from the Bay Area a day early to hand in his completed application Monday.

“I’m very excited. I wanted to make sure that I was that person who was the first one in,” the alumnus said after he handed in his application. “I came down yesterday so I could be prepared, so I could be here, print all my stuff at eight o’clock, drive over here, and be done.”

Crawford graduated with an A.S. Mortuary Science degree in Fall 2014.

Applications for Cypress College’s first baccalaureate program opened Monday. The bachelor’s degree is part of a statewide pilot program signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in September 2014 to offer four-year degrees at California community colleges. Under the pilot, these degrees do not compete with programs at UC or Cal State schools.

While a student, Crawford championed the program to the District Board of Trustees, helping to secure their support to submit the program to the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office for consideration. Each district could only submit one program. Cypress’ Funeral Service proposal was up against Fullerton College’s proposal for a law enforcement supervision degree.

In January 2015, the CCCCO selected Cypress as one of 15 community colleges to participate in the pilot.

Crawford credits Cypress Mortuary Science faculty member Jolena Grande with making the program a reality.

“If not for her, the program wouldn’t have made it,” he said. “I’m sure I helped, but the credit really goes all to her. She went all out for this. It’s really her baby.”

Cypress’ Mortuary Science program is just one of two public programs in the state and the only one offering a four-year degree on the West Coast. Courses for the program start next fall.

Crawford said his interest in mortuary science started with a desire to land a job in a coroner’s office. One way to meet job requirements was a degree in mortuary science, and Cypress was his school of choice “because it’s ranked really highly just in the list of mortuary programs nationwide,” he said.

“I don’t know if I would be where I am within my own organization without the education from Cypress,” he added.

Crawford is currently completing an embalming apprenticeship working as a crematory manager for the Holy Angels Funeral and Cremation Center in East Bay. He hopes to finish up his professional licensing while completing the bachelor’s program.

He said he hopes that having a bachelor’s program in funeral services will help to start change the way the mortuary and funeral industry is viewed by the public.

“The funeral industry kind of gets a bad rap,” he said. “People think they’re basically used car salesmen for death, trying to upsell people…taking advantage of people when they’re grieving.

“Hopefully, through furthering the education process and really getting involved more in the professional organizations, we will change that outlook.”

Engaging the Next Generation in Cybersecurity

As the recent election season proved, cybersecurity is a constantly evolving, high-priority field that demands an experienced and qualified workforce full of innovative, critical thinkers—and job opportunities abound.

In an effort to create cybersecurity education opportunities for K-12 Orange County students, a team of current and former Cypress students mentored nearly 90 middle and high school students since last April to compete in the CyberPatriots National Youth Cyber Defense Competition.

Six teams advanced to the semi-final rounds of the cybersecurity contest hosted by the non-profit Air Force Association, putting their knowledge to the test in this fourth round of competition against teams across the country Saturday, Feb. 4.

Eunice Lee, an eighth grader from Lexington High School, said of being mentored by Cypress students, “I think I’m more of a person that learns better one on one, personally, and I think having that mentoring, mentorship, really helped me understand what we were doing.”

Eunice is a member of a Lexington team that advanced to the semis.

Lee’s team member, Charlize Panganiban, also a Lexington eighth grader, said she’s learned valuable general and technical skills as part of the program, like teamwork and identifying system vulnerabilities.

She added, “I definitely think this is one of my career options, and I’m just happy that CyberPatriots has opened that door for me.”

Cypress 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. Schools train and mentor students from area middle and high schools to compete in CyberPatriots.

The competition tasks teams with finding and fixing vulnerabilities in provided simulated operating systems over a six-hour period. Teams are awarded points for fixing vulnerabilities and answering questions about the process; they lose points for making systems less secure.

If the semi-final teams advance, they will compete at Nationals in Baltimore, MD in April.

Student competitors, Cypress mentors, program advisor Dr. Ben Izadi, a Cypress CIS professor, and others in the community were celebrated and recognized at the College’s first awards ceremony for the program on Friday, Feb. 3.

Two Anaheim Union High School District Board of Trustee members, Randle Trejo and Brian O’Neal, and two participating school principals, Amber Houston from Lexington Junior High School and Ricardo Lois from Fedde Junior High School, were in attendance.

The John F. Kennedy High School team placed first in the high school Gold Tier category, beating out 650 other high schools across the nation in the state round of competition. Gold Tier teams do not advance to nationals.

One team from Fedde, a middle school team from Whitney High School, and three teams from Lexington were also recognized for advancing to the semi-finals.

Jasper Chen, a spring ’16 graduate with an A.S. in computer programming, has been volunteering as a mentor since last April.

“I think the program is a good experience, mainly just to teach kids, open up the field to them,” he said. “It’s good to make them understand that there is this field. When I was younger, I didn’t pay attention to the field at all.”

Program advisor Izadi added, “What we’re trying to emphasize here is teamwork, being able to do critical thinking, troubleshooting, working together, and getting excited early on in any information technology. Anything above that as they move up, perform, and do better, is just icing on the cake.”

Early Semester Deadlines to Remember

It’s an exciting time with the beginning of the spring semester! Your success is our first priority and we know the start of the semester can be very hectic. Here are important upcoming dates for February to add to your calendars.

We encourage you to speak to a counselor if you are thinking of adding or dropping classes. Counseling information can be found here.

February 6

  • Last day to file course audit requests
  • Campus Security begins issuing parking tickets for failing to display parking permits

February 12

  • Last day to add classes
  • Last day to drop classes without a “W” and qualify for refunds
  • Deadline to apply for Spring 2017 Graduation
  • Deadline to apply for Spring 2017 Vocational Certificates

February 17-20

  • Campus is CLOSED for Presidents’ Holidays

February 24

  • Last day to file pass/no pass grading options forms

March 2

  • FAFSA/Dream Act applications due

All registration, adds and drops are completed online through myGateway.