College Hosts Quirk-Silva’s Career Pathways Roundtable

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California Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva convened a Career Pathways Roundtable at Cypress College Friday to discuss education and workforce development with Orange County education, civic, and business leaders.

Quirk-Silva, whose district includes Anaheim, Buena Park, Cypress, Fullerton, La Palma, and Stanton, chairs the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy.

Around 30 Orange County leaders discussed issues including state CTE funding, skilled workforce challenges, and cybersecurity and technology education. Several North Orange County Community College District leaders participated, including Chancellor Cheryl Marshall and Cypress College President Bob Simpson.

The Assemblywoman also toured Cypress College’s Mortuary Science laboratories, home to the College’s first baccalaureate program in Funeral Services, which will be starting classes in Fall 2017.

Cypress College is one of 15 California community colleges offering a baccalaureate through a pilot program signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2014. Under the pilot, selected community colleges offer baccalaureates in areas that do not compete with UC or Cal State schools.

For more on Cypress College’s Career and Technical Education programs, see our CTE and health science pages.

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Engaging the Next Generation in Cybersecurity

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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.”

No Lines! License Plates Replace Physical Parking Permits

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Cypress College eliminated parking permits — so you won’t have to wait in line or by the mailbox. Ever again. That’s because your license plate is your permit.

Just as before, students will purchase parking when registering for classes. Once all fees are paid in full, simply activate this new permit in myGateway by entering your plate number. That’s it. If you’re changing cars for the day (or a period of time), simply login and input the temporary plate.

More information is available at http://parking.cypresscollege.edu.

In myGateway, simply look for the “Cypress Parking System” link under “Registration Tools” and follow the directions to enter the information.

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All fees, including parking, must be paid in full to register your vehicle in the parking system. As an alternative, one-day visitor permits can be purchased online and/or at kiosk locations on the Cypress College campus.

Parking permits are valid across all NOCCCD locations so students from Fullerton College and School of Education who attend classes at Cypress College also need to register their vehicles.

All NOCCCD employees can register their vehicles at the same site.

Visitors will also use the system for guest parking and day-use permits, meaning trips to a cash-only vending machine are no longer necessary. Purchase and registration can even be completed via mobile phone from the parking lot. Signs provide QR links to the website.

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STEM Industry Partner: Edison Grant Supports Astronomy Program

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Cypress College regularly partners with industry to strengthen classroom studies so that students are better prepared for career opportunities and transfer to some of the nation’s best universities and liberal arts colleges. Southern California Edison (SCE) has done much to support our programs, faculty innovation, and student success. With guidance from CC Foundation Board Member and SCE Local Public Affairs Manager, Janelle Bader, Cypress secured a $25,000 grant in 2013 from SCE’s parent company Edison International, to fund science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) studies .

Astronomy Professor Michael Frey received $5,000 of the grant to buy a 10-inch Meade Ritchey-Chrétien telescope, which is larger and more advanced than other telescopes owned by the College. Frey uses the instrument to give students and the community high-powered views of above. During select days of the semester you can catch him in action by the Pond, both during the day (with students observing the sun, pictured above), or at one of the several evening “star parties” (open to the community) that he hosts in collaboration with the Astronomy Club. Frey also takes students on field trips, including to Joshua Tree National Park in the Mojave Desert (photo below).

In an interview with Inside Edison, Frey describes how through astronomy he feels connected to the past:

“I name the stars, then have the students name them. I tell them the ancient names of the stars, that our ancestors were people just like you and me and that they have mouthed the words of the ancients, connecting them to the past.”

A view of the night sky from Joshua Tree:

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Michael Kavanaugh, Manager of Systems Technology at the College, is a former student of Professor Frey. He was so inspired by Frey’s teaching and the course material that he now volunteers his time to help Frey with astronomy events. For Inside Edison, Kavanaugh describes the power of the Meade Ritchey-Chrétien telescope on a recent trip to the desert:

“We saw this big blue ball — Neptune — and Uranus and nine of the planets one night. The image was so bright that I had to put on sunglasses.

Tammy Tumbling, director of Philanthropy and Community Investment at SCE, spoke with Inside Edison about the value that that Edison International sees in students getting this type of experience:

“As an energy company, we recognize the skills needed for our future workforce and business growth as well as the country. So we focus our educational funding on programs that prepare students to excel in the STEM fields.”

Frey and the College are planning future steps for the astronomy program, including an observatory and planetarium in a brand new Science, Engineering, and Math building that will be constructed under the Measure J Bond Program, which voters approved in November 2014. The Meade Ritchey-Chrétien and other telescopes, which currently have to be hauled out for each viewing event, will have a permanent home in the observatory.

Frey and Kavanaugh exemplify the dedication and innovation that Cypress faculty and staff are able to bring to their jobs with the support of the community. A big thank you to Jenelle Bader, Edison, and all of the College’s partners who make this type of service to our students possible!
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#1 in the U.S. | Top Toyota T-TEN Auto-Tech Program in the Nation.

#2 in C.A. | Top Two ESL & Basic Skills English Programs in California.

#3 in C.A. | Ranked as a Top Three California Community College (Schools.com)

#3 in the Region | Ranked Top Three in Greater Los Angeles & Orange County for Student Transfer and Graduation Rates (EdSmart.org)

15 of 113 | California Community Colleges piloting a Bachelor’s Degree (Mortuary Science)

#17 in the U.S. | National Ranking on MTV-U’s website “Rate-My-Professor”

Top National Licensure Exam Pass Rates | Perfect state licensure pass rates for students in the following programs: Dental Hygiene, Diagnostic Medical Sonography: Abdomen; Diagnostic Medical Sonography (OB/Gyn); Diagnostic Medical Sonography: Physics; and Mortuary Science: Sciences. 90+% state licensure exam pass rates for students in the following programs: Dental Assisting; Mortuary Science (Arts); Radiology Technology. And85%+ state licensure rates for students in: Health Information Technology; Nursing; and Psychiatric Technology.

2/3ds of the Class of 2015 qualified for transfer to a UC or CSU institution.

75 Orange Empire Athletics Conference Titles

25 California Community College Athletic Association State Championship Titles

 

Enhance your Design Communication Skills: Media Arts, Photo & Digital Cinema

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These days being able to communicate visually is important in nearly every field of study or practice. Why not expand, refresh or reboot your design skills? At Cypress, we have incredible art, digital cinema, photo and media arts classes taught by internationally acclaimed artists and top industry professionals. Our courses are hands-on, small-size and at a fraction of the price you’ll find at any extension program. And unlike other institutions, CC students have full access to art facilities, modern Mac and Windows labs, digital equipment, as well as an extensive array of current design and production software (Photoshop, Illustrator, Final Cut, SketchUp, and much more).

So if you’re interested in growing your knowledge, your skills, your confidence, your transfer and/or professional value, then you should consider a class in Fine Arts, Media Arts Design, Photography and/or Digital Cinema. Below are a few opportunities still available for spring. Also highlighted are links to some of our amazing faculty, students and alums. For a super and quick film highlight of our arts community, check out Mike Alcoran’s coverage of the annual art gallery show.

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ART 161, Gallery Studies I | 3 Units

Gallery Studies I is an introduction to the presentation of artwork. This class teaches students how to present their artwork in a portfolio. In addition, students will be introduced to installation practices required to work in gallery and museum environments. This course will introduce art handling, conservation, visitor relations, installation, construction and maintenance.

Instructor: Paul Paiement | Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:20-4:30pm | CRN#12267 

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MAD 184 C, Digital Video Explorations | 3 units
This course focuses on the use of introductory video and audio programs. The use of various video input and output devices will be covered. This course is designed for students to input, create, manipulate and output digital video.
Instructor: Tommy Shimanek | Wednesdays, 7:00pm — 9:05pm (72 hours TBA Lab Required) | CRN#23611

MAD 194 C, Beginning Motion Picture Production | 3 Units
This course provides an introduction to the theory, terminology, and process of motion picture production for film and television including operation of production and postproduction equipment.
Instructor: Ian Holmes | Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:20pm — 2:30pm (No TBA Lab Required) | CRN#23480

MAD 199 C, Computer Graphic Studio | 1 Unit
This course is designed as an open laboratory for students currently enrolled in Fine Arts Division courses that require completion of digital assignments and/or personal digital portfolio development.
Instructor: John Bilotta | Open Entry / Open Exit | Attendance to be arranged with professor | CRN #20072

MAD 295 C, Media Arts Design Internship | 1 Unit
This course is an exploration of internship opportunities in the field of media arts including graphic design, computer modeling, animation, motion picture / video production, and multimedia production.
Instructor: John Bilotta | Tuesdays, 6:00pm — 9:10pm (No TBA Lab Required)| CRN#24337

ONLINE — MAD 195, Science Fiction Film Genre | 3 Units
New spring course offering! Late start: 2/16-5/28
CRN# 24769

ONLINE — MAD 196, Silent Film Genre | 3 Units
New spring course offering! Late start: 2/16-5/28
CRN# 24380

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PHOT 106 C, Advanced Wedding Photography | 3 Units
This course is designed to prepare photographers for a career as a first shooter in the professional wedding photography industry.
Instructor: Michael Colon | Wednesdays, 3:00pm — 5:05pm | CRN#24155

PHOT 216 C — Advanced Digital Photography | 3 Units
This course is designed to provide students with advanced knowledge of techniques in digital image editing and printing as well as the creation of an individual digitally based portfolio.
Instructor: Gregory Zajack | Wednesdays, 7:00pm — 9:05pm | CRN#20084

Many of our Fine Arts, MAD, and Photography students move on from Cypress to top four-year art schools or start their own practice. Our courses provide skills needed for employment, advancement and/or entrepreneurialism.

Check out the calibre of our students and faculty! The following are external links to a few of our current students, alums and professors:

Photography –
Cristina Guittierez
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Mallory Roa | Instagram | Personal Site
Carly Cram | Instagram
Crystal Worley | Personal Site
Jason Berry | Instagram | Personal Site
Matthew Ozer | Instagram | Personal Site
Michael Colon (Faculty) | Personal Site 
Clifford Lester (Faculty) | Personal Site 

Fine Arts –
Paul Paiement (Faculty) | Instagram | Personal Site
Ed Giardina (Faculty) | Course Site | Instagram | Personal Site | Vimeo Faculty Profile
Cypress College Art Gallery | Facebook

Digital Cinema – 
Mike Alcoran | Vimeo Profile | Personal Site
John Ferrer | Vimeo Profile | Tumblr
Cypress College Annual Film Festival
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Digital Media Arts – 
Cypress College Digital Media Arts | Facebook

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Cypress College’s Fine Arts and Photography programs contribute to the College’s reputation as one of California’s top community colleges. Recent 2015-16 accolades include:  

#1 in the U.S. | Top Toyota T-TEN Auto-Tech Program in the Nation.
#2 in C.A. | Top Two ESL & Basic Skills English Programs in California.
#3 in C.A. | Ranked as a Top Three California Community College (Schools.com)
#3 in the Region | Ranked Top Three in Greater Los Angeles & Orange County for Student Transfer and Graduation Rates (EdSmart.org)
15 of 113 | California Community Colleges piloting a Bachelor’s Degree (Mortuary Science)
#17 in the U.S. | National Ranking on MTV-U’s website “Rate-My-Professor”
Top National Licensure Exam Pass Rates | Perfect state licensure pass rates for students in the following programs: Dental Hygiene, Diagnostic Medical Sonography: Abdomen; Diagnostic Medical Sonography (OB/Gyn); Diagnostic Medical Sonography: Physics; and Mortuary Science: Sciences. 90+% state licensure exam pass rates for students in the following programs: Dental Assisting; Mortuary Science (Arts); Radiology Technology. And85%+ state licensure rates for students in: Health Information Technology; Nursing; and Psychiatric Technology.
2/3ds of the Class of 2015 qualified for transfer to a UC or CSU institution.
75 Orange Empire Athletics Conference Titles
25 California Community College Athletic Association State Championship Titles

Learn to Fly: Private Pilot Ground School

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Did you know that Cypress has one of the very best aviation schools in SoCal? Our program is a hidden gem. In just two years of training, Cypress graduates go on to well-paid aviation careers (upwards of $60K). Want to know more? So did we. Edilberto Valdez – an industry expert, experienced captain, professor, and instructor to NASA pilots (!) – gave us a bit of info on our pilot certification program and aviation course offering…

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What is your career background?
I have a total of 35 years experience in aviation. I’ve served as a commercial pilot for United Airlines, and chartered private planes for corporate clients. In addition to teaching courses at Cypress, I also instruct NASA test pilots training to fly Gulfstream jets and teach international flight procedures (how to fly throughout the world).

How did you start teaching at Cypress?
I started to get involved in local education as an aviation program advisor at another institution. Through that experience I was offered a teaching opportunity, which then opened the door to a full-time faculty position here at Cypress. I think Cypress is a fantastic place to work and great community resource. I feel fortunate to be in a position where I can connect my passion for flight with my love of teaching –it’s rewarding to help others find careers in the field.

What makes our aviation program stand out?
We really do have the best, most innovative flight-training program around. Our technology is the most advanced you’ll find in the Greater O.C. / L.A. region, and our curriculum practices are proven. We are known in the industry for producing great pilots… and quickly, too. In fact, most of our graduates save around $6,000 in obtaining their private pilot license – they acquire and build their skills so efficiently and solidly that they are able to launch careers immediately with certification as a flight instructor.

What kind of jobs do students get after certification?
There’s a large need for pilots across private and commercial industries. Our aviation program has been around since 1967. Over the decades we’ve built strong relationships with area employers so there’s a direct path for Cypress graduates to high-paying careers with commercial airlines, charter firms, military operations, or private instruction companies.

What is the industry pay like?
It varies depending on the niche. As a private instructor, hourly pay can range from $20 on the low starting end to $50+. If you work in the charter or commercial sectors, however, that scale will look different – salaries tend to range between $100,000 – $300,000. And the hours are relatively favorable.

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What are the perks of pilot life?
You get to fulfill a desire to fly; travel; have a flexible and variable schedule; enjoy different scenery; work with people of many backgrounds; and have a good income – that last factor is important… regardless of the job you take, you’ll be able to make a livable salary.

What kind of individual does well in the program?
Those who have always had an interest in flying do well. That’s for starters. What differentiates the best students from the rest is natural drive, curiosity and a broad interest in a variety of subjects (aviation is a multidisciplinary field that touches on physics, navigation, trigonometry, mechanics, as well as technical and procedural details).

What attracted you to flying?
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated with flight. As a kid my eyes were always scanning the sky…. I’m grateful to work in a field that I’ve always loved.

I would encourage anyone with an interest in flying – of any age or background – to sign-up for one of our classes. February 1, 2016 will kick-off spring semester so it’s the perfect time to start. We still have a few spaces in our beginner ATC – 132 Private Pilot course as well as our Commercial Pilot Seminar.

Class schedules and registration can be accessed via MyGateWay.

For those new to the College, register via: http://www.cypresscollege.edu/admissions/admissionsAndRecords/OpenCCCapply.aspx

For additional information on the Cypress College Aviation Program, please contact Captain Edilberto Valdez at evaledez@cypresscollege.edu

Also, check out the CC Aviation Program’s official, newly launched Instagram page for cockpit views and landscape beauty! @cypresscollegeflighttraining

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Cypress College’s Career Technical Education Division programs are among the highest ranked in the country, contributing to Cypress College’s reputation as one of the very best public community colleges. Recent 2015-16 accolades include:  

#1 in the U.S. | Top Toyota T-TEN Auto-Tech Program in the Nation.
#2 in C.A. | Top Two ESL & Basic Skills English Programs in California.
#3 in C.A. | Ranked as a Top Three California Community College (Schools.com)
#3 in the Region | Ranked Top Three in Greater Los Angeles & Orange County for Student Transfer and Graduation Rates (EdSmart.org)
15 of 113 | California Community Colleges piloting a Bachelor’s Degree (Mortuary Science)
#17 in the U.S. | National Ranking on MTV-U’s website “Rate-My-Professor”
Top National Licensure Exam Pass Rates | Perfect state licensure pass rates for students in the following programs: Dental Hygiene, Diagnostic Medical Sonography: Abdomen; Diagnostic Medical Sonography (OB/Gyn); Diagnostic Medical Sonography: Physics; and Mortuary Science: Sciences. 90+% state licensure exam pass rates for students in the following programs: Dental Assisting; Mortuary Science (Arts); Radiology Technology. And85%+ state licensure rates for students in: Health Information Technology; Nursing; and Psychiatric Technology.
2/3ds of the Class of 2015 qualified for transfer to a UC or CSU institution.
75 Orange Empire Athletics Conference Titles
25 California Community College Athletic Association State Championship Titles

Wireless Authentication Enabled for Campus WiFi

All devices connecting to the Cypress College wireless network now require authentication once per semester. Users of the campus’ free WiFi will be prompted to authenticate with their myGateway username and password. Guest access is available for those who don’t have a valid myGateway account. To join the network, users must also agree to the acceptable use policy.

Summer Career Academy

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The School of Continuing Education and Cypress College have teamed up with the Orange County Department of Education to offer a Summer Career Academy series. This dynamic learning opportunity continues next week on Monday, July 6th, with two content-focused classes for teens:

Intro to Computer Networking- Grades 7-12

Students will learn both the conceptual and practical skills that build the foundation for understanding computer networking. You will learn IP addressing and OSI layered model. You will be enrolled into the Cisco Academy site, make cables, configure devices and trace packets using network monitoring tools.

Dates: Monday-Thursday, July 6-9

Time: 1:00 to 5:00pm

Location: Cypress College Business Education, Room 116

Fee: $30 –

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Cyber Security- Grades 9-12

Students will learn and work in teams competing to secure a windows machine from hackers and get a hands-on sneak preview into CyberPatriot, a national cyber security competition created by the US Air Force. Students will become familiar with best practices for ensuring a computer is secure for use. Beginning to advanced students welcome. Please bring paper and pencil.

Dates: Monday-Thursday, July 13-16

Time: 9:00am-1:00pm

Location: Cypress College Business Education, Room 116

Fee: $30 –

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REGISTER ONLINE at: www.sce.edu and follow the link to Kids’ College.

For further information please call: 714.808.4909

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The Cypress College Career Academy is funded, in part, through the Orange County Department of Education Career Pathways Trust grant.

WiFi Upgrades Completed for Start of Spring

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Accessing Cypress College’s wireless network is easier and more reliable than ever. More than 120 new wireless access points have been added across campus to improve internet access at the College.

The campus Academic Computing staff installed and configured the connections to improve wireless coverage within conference rooms, classrooms and lobby areas. Additionally, augmented wireless coverage was provided to campus athletic fields.Expansion of wireless network coverage will continue with the installation of exterior access points in the next few weeks. This will provide enhanced coverage outside buildings, in Gateway Plaza, and around the pond.Academic Computing staff will continue to monitor usage across the network to aid in planning a second phase of the project.