Month: June 2018

Challenge brings education, government, industry together to build a strong cybersecurity workforce

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Students, parents, teachers invited to join by attending a cyber camp or competition
Riverside, Calif. — What’s the best part about winning a competition? The trophy, of course. But in the case of the California Mayors Cyber Cup Challenge, the winning team took just as much pride in giving the trophy as it did in receiving one.

A team of Navy JROTC students from Martin Luther King High School in Riverside won the Inland Empire California Mayors Cyber Cup Challenge in April; another team from the school took second place in the competition. On June 19, the winning team presented the perpetual cyber cup trophy to Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey.

SLO Partners: Letting Businesses Drive IT Apprenticeships

What comes to mind when you picture an apprentice? Maybe a plumber, welder, or some other type of trade. But what about someone at a computer learning about information technology?

Ticket Into Tech, a new apprenticeship program in San Luis Obispo, is connecting students with businesses to learn the tools of the IT trade in a real-world setting. In the process, the program is revitalizing a centuries-old concept to train workers in the local community and creating a whole new model for how businesses can engage in the educational process.

Ticket Into Tech allows students to gain experience for their resumes while working alongside cybersecurity and other IT professionals.

“Apprenticeship is the gateway to getting the experience that’s necessary to landing a job in technology,” said SLO Partners Executive Director Michael Speccierla “It provides businesses with a way to hire skilled local talent that can keep pace with the rapid changes in technology.”

Voucher Program Prepares Students for a Career Where Certifications are Crucial

High school senior Christian Pinkston was nervous before an exam he took recently, but not in the way you might expect. Rather than studying for history or chemistry, he was preparing to take a CompTIA IT Fundamentals certification exam.

“It was a lot of focused studying in class, in groups, and long nights staying up so when the day came it was going to pay off,” Pinkston said. “The test itself was very nerve-wracking and in some ways scary, but the feeling you get when you pass is amazing.”

As anyone who has worked in IT knows, certifications are key to a successful career. The earlier someone can obtain them, the better equipped they’ll be to meet the demands of the cybersecurity workforce. In fact, they are a natural next step from cyber competitions — turning that experience into real-world skills that can be applied in a variety of fields.

However, certifications are expensive and the process to earn them is complicated. A new partnership between the California Cyberhub and the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is already streamlining the process and opening up certifications to middle and high students across California.

The vouchers allow students to obtain CompTIA IT Fundamentals certification by watching free video training on ITProTV and completing exercises on virtual machines through Practice Labs. The entire program is free to schools and other organizations that apply exam proctors through the California Cyberhub, thanks to funding from the California Community Colleges Information Communication Technologies and Digital Media sector.

Government Endorsements

Jordan Cunningham, CA State Assembly, Committee on Career Technical Education & Building a 21st Century WorkforceKevin Kiley, CA State Assembly, Vice Chair of the Committee on EducationJose Medina, CA State Assembly & Chair of the Assembly Committee on Higher EducationSharon Quirk-Silva, CA State Assembly, Chair of the Jobs, Economic Development and the Economy CommitteeErle Hall, Education Programs Consultant for …

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Education Endorsements

Steve Wright, Director & Sector Navigator ICT/DM, California Community CollegesMyron Curtis, Deputy Sector Navigator ICT/DM, Far North RegionMarkus Geissler, Deputy Sector Navigator ICT/DM, North Region (Greater Sacramento)Richard Grotegut, Deputy Sector Navigator ICT/DM, Bay Area RegionPaula Hodge, Deputy Sector Navigator ICT/DM, South Central Coast RegionSteve Linthicum, Deputy Sector Navigator ICT/DM, Orange County RegionSusanne Mata, Deputy Sector Navigator ICT/DM, Inland Empire/Desert RegionDennis …

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Business Endorsements

Ricky Doyle, Director, Practice LabsLiz Fraumann, Executive Director, Securing Our eCity FoundationPeter Janzow, Vice President, CredlyClaire Jefferson-Glipa, IT Education Manager, ConvergeOnePaul Johnson, Cyber Engineer, Northrop Grumman CorporationBrian Mazelle, CompTIAKimberly A. Pease, CISSP, Vice President, Citadel-InformationBruce Pixley, President, Pixley ForensicsWendy Porter, Chicostart Director, growTech FounderPeter Sibley, Inform JournyesAnthony Smith, Security Engineer, SonyKevin Spease, President / CEO, …

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Moreno Valley College will host the 2018 CyberCamp and Cyber Olympics

Original article posted on cccmaker.com

Moreno Valley College will host Air Force Association Cyber Camp 2018 and Coding Olympics on June 25, 2018 through June 29, 2018 at 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM. Middle school and high school students can participate in this event for FREE of cost. This special event will provide cybersecurity training for beginners and advanced cybersecurity learners and coders. Cyber Camp activities will include cybersecurity practices, ethics, Windows and Linux operating system security protection, and Cisco networking security. From basic safety system precautions to advance threat detection strategies, Cyber Camp will introduce students to foundational knowledge in cybersecurity, which is one of the fastest growing and highly demanded technical professions nationally. Concurrent with the Cyber Camp, California Cyberhub will conduct the first Inland Empire regional Cyber coaches training, which will offer insight to coaching materials, resources, tips and tools for AFA CyberPatriot competitions and UC A-G approved instructional curriculum for ICT/Cyber Pathway courses.

Cyber Hero William Diaz: Balancing Technology with a Healthy Lifestyle

William Diaz loves computers as much as anyone else in the cybersecurity community, but he also understands the physical and mental benefits of getting up from behind the screen.

He is combining his passion for IT with his passion for health and wellness through his work with A World Fit for Kids, a Los-Angeles-based non-profit that’s provided after-school programming to underserved communities since 1993.

Diaz learned about the relationship between health and technology the hard way as he became involved in CyberPatriot and changed his college major from English to IT.

“The more Red Bull I drank, the less physical exercise I got,” Diaz said. “It really dawned on me: what is the point of getting all these skills if I’m going to be 35 with a chronic disease?”

That premise now serves as Diaz’s guiding principle at A World Fit for Kids, where he serves as the IT manager. He tries to incorporate healthy habits into all of his CyberPatriot coaching and make students aware that the actions they take today can have implications for the rest of their lives.

“Health and cyber don’t mix and they should because health has become such a big force in our world from the opioid epidemic to the suicide crisis,” Diaz said. “I’m making students aware of the implications of their technology use.”

Some of the healthy habits Diaz emphasizes include drinking water instead of soda or other sugary beverages and taking time to get up and move for a few minutes during each hour of a CyberPatriot competition.

Achieving those goals is sometimes easier said than done, especially in the pressure of a competition setting. However, he sees the work as an essential part of building good habits now that will stick with students once they enter the cybersecurity field.

“The more I see cyber taking off, the more I see health deteriorating,” he said. “If students don’t have role models for healthy behavior, they are never going to learn it.”

Troy High School Students Present the California Mayors Cup Trophy to Fullerton City Mayor

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Contact: Teana Fredeen
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Students, parents, teachers invited to join by attending a cyber camp or competition

Fullerton, Calif. — What’s the best part about winning a competition? The trophy, of course. But in the case of the California Mayors Cyber Cup Challenge, the winning team took just as much pride in giving the trophy as it did in receiving one.

A team of students from Troy High School in Fullerton took first place in the Orange County California Mayors Cyber Cup Challenge in April. On May 16, the team presented the perpetual cyber cup trophy to Fullerton Mayor Doug Chaffee.

You could make $80,000 out of this SLO County tech boot camp — with no college degree

Original article posted on sanluisobispo.com
BY KAYTLYN LESLIE
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SLO Partners’ apprenticeship program last year trained and placed 28 San Luis Obispo County workers in tech jobs around the county — many of whom had little to no experience in the industry.

This year, the Ticket Into Tech group is ramping up its efforts with a bigger goal: head-of-household tech jobs.

“We want 1,000 additional head-of-household tech jobs before Diablo Canyon closes,” said SLO Partners business liaison Dan Weeks.

To do that, the program is adding a software engineering pathway, complete with coding boot camps meant to take even the most beginner of coders to worker-ready in less than a year.

Jesuit High School Students Present the California Mayors Cup Trophy to Sacramento City Mayor.

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Contact: Teana Fredeen
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Students, parents, teachers invited to join by attending a cyber camp or competition

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — What’s the best part about winning a competition? The trophy, of course. But in the case of the California Mayors Cyber Cup Challenge, the winning team took just as much pride in giving the trophy as it did in receiving one.

A team of students from Jesuit High School took first place in the Greater Sacramento California Mayors Cyber Cup Challenge in April. On May 17, the team presented the perpetual cyber cup trophy to Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg.

The trophy will remain on display at the mayor’s office until next year’s competition as a way to spread awareness about cybersecurity education.

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