PACE

Goal: Develop and implement a Pathway to Advancement of Cybersecurity Education (PACE) from middle school to four-year college with multiple opportunities for employment exit points.

  • Objective 1: Collaborate and develop a plan with the following stakeholders:
    • AUHSD: Magnolia, Western, Oxford, Kennedy, Cypress
    • UCI, Cypress College
  • Objective 2: Embed cybersecurity into middle and high school curriculum
    • National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC)
      • Cyber content in k-12 curriculum, working with college partners to ensure the content is beneficial and relevant
      • Embed cyber content in Math Fundamental courses (6th to 8th), Algebra 1 (9th grade), Physics (11th grade), Computer Science and Advanced Math (12th grade)
      • Pilot Cyber Literacy 1 and Cyber Literacy 2 by Fall of 2017
    • Several Meetings with NICERC and Stakeholders
      • Initiated partnership with NICERV
  • Objective 3: Provide outreach events to generate interest in cybersecurity
    • CyberPatriot Program
      • National Youth Cyber Defense Competition sponsored by Air Force Association
      • HS and MS teams competing nationally to secure Linux and Windows operating systems
      • Cypress College CPX
        • Training/Competition Events: 13
        • Total # of MS/HS Participants: ?
        • Total # of teams: 31 (22 MS, 9 HS)
        • Best Rankings: Top MS team ranked 10th in the nation out of 1110 teams; top HS team ranked 68th in the nation out of 2757 teams
    • Mentorship
      • 8 college mentors visited 9 schools for weekly trainings
  • Objective 4: Develop a cybersecurity certificate and AA degree programs
    • Cybersecurity Certificate
    • Cyber Defense Certificate
    • Cyber Defense AA Degree
  • Objective 5: Provide articulation and alignment with 4-year institutions
    • Collaboration with UCI to take PACE beyond AA degree
    • Pursue articulation agreement for other 4-year colleges, including California State Universities
  • Objective 6: Prepare Cypress College to become a CAE2Y Institution
    • Center of Academic Excellence for 2-Year colleges
    • Prestigious college designation based on program oversight by NSA and DHS
    • Benefits
      • Identifies our college as a Center of Cybersecurity
      • Distinguishes the quality of our CD program
      • Provides opportunities for grants and attract cybersecurity students
  • Objective 7: Evaluate PACE and recommend best practices

The Cyber Defense certificate provides concepts and hands-on kills to identify cybersecurity threats and implement procedures to protect cyber assets. It will also enhance a student’s chances to pursue a professional career in cybersecurity by giving them various options to prepare for industry-recognized certifications such as Security+, CEH, CCNA, MCSE, and CCNA Security. To earn a certificate, complete the required courses as listed with a minimum of “C”. At least 50% of all course work must be completed at Cypress College