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Coastline Community College Adds Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Program to Its Cybersecurity Academic Program

by: Judy Garvey
Posted: July 18, 2017

GARDEN GROVE...According to the National Security Administration, cybersecurity attacks are the greatest threat to our national security. We don't often hear about the tens of thousands of cyber attacks that are launched against our military, our businesses, and our citizens on a daily basis, but they are taking place. As a result of these threats, according to Burning Glass Technologies, cybersecurity is the fastest growing job market in the United States. Currently, the workforce shortfall of cyber-prepared workers is 1 million. By 2020, this shortfall is expected to grow to 6 million! 

 To help combat this problematic, troubling shortfall of trained workers, Coastline College in Orange County, CA is launching its Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Program.

 Students learn hands-on cybersecurity skills by taking college credit courses at Coastline and attending career preparation workshops to help them build the soft skills needed to perform in cyber careers.

 The program contains seven courses that are fully online lasting 8 weeks each. Students also complete 2,000 working hours in paid positions where they will learn about cybersecurity topics. This "Earn-While-You-Learn" approach is expected to take most students approximately 1.5 years. The next cohort begins October 2017, with another cohort starting in March 2018.   

 Coastline Community College, with campuses located in Garden Grove, Westminster, Newport Beach, is a designated National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cybersecurity by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security. Coastline is the only community college with such distinguished designation in California.

 Coastline's Cybersecurity Degree and Certificate Programs offer students an opportunity to have a competitive edge in the workplace.

 Coastline invites all interested students to information sessions regarding this great opportunity at the Coastline Garden Grove campus located at 12901 Euclid Street, Garden Grove, CA. The sessions are offered at no charge and no obligation. The sessions will describe the program in detail and answer any questions for all students. The next two information sessions are scheduled on Tuesday, July 25th 7pm-8:30 p.m. and Tuesday, August 8th 7-8:30 p.m.

 Coastline's Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Program application is available online. Interested individuals may now submit an application to be considered for the program. Be prepared to provide your employment history and a brief explanation as to why you are a good fit for the program.
Go to: to fill out and submit your application for the first cohort track beginning October 2017.Application deadline is Friday, September 1, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. PDT.

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