Local Middle School Student Highlights Coastline’s Cybersecurity Program in Fullerton Observer

If you have not heard already, Coastline’s Cybersecurity Department produces local programs, events, and camps for interested members of the community including specialty programs for young students, which was recently attended by middle school student, Francine V. Feeling inspired and encouraged in her interest, Francine shared her experience with the Fullerton Observer about upcoming Coastline events, information about Cybersecurity and her time with Cyber Tech Girls, a program that encourages middle and high school female students in the field of Computer Science.

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If you’re in middle school and you want to learn more about cybersecurity, Troy High School is holding free training every Thursday, 3:30pm – 6:00pm, in preparation for the CyberPatriot XII National Competition on March 19-23, 2020 in Maryland.

Troy High School was the 2018 and 2019 national champion and their champion team-members are helping to train middle school students.  No experience is needed and all you have to do is join your school’s CyberPatriot Club so your school can help you sign up.

First of all, what is a CyberPatriot?  According to the AFA CyberPatriot website, “CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program created to inspire K-12 students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future.”

Francine V. original Article. *Article has been altered to maintain privacy.

This program was started by the Air Force in 2009.  There are many features associated with the program including CyberPatriot competitions, free training, CyberPatriot clubs in schools and the Cyber Tech Girls (CTG), organized to encourage more middle and high school female students to gain interest in computer science. The reason this program was created is not only to address the lack of female professionals in the cyber security industry, but also, according to GenCyber Program Director Tobi West, professor of Coastline College, “It is imperative that female students are encouraged to enjoy experiences related to cybersecurity in a fun, no-pressure environment.  These types of experiences can help guide and develop future interest in cybersecurity education and professions.”

An example of a job in cyber security is Cyber Security Consultant with an average salary of $100,000.  These professionals play both the attacker and the defender.  They determine the weaknesses of a computer system and figure out how to strengthen it to prevent hackers from exploiting vulnerabilities.

If you are interested in any cyber security program, you can join upcoming events such as the CyberTech Expo 2019 on October 18 from 6-9pm and/or CTF (Capture the Flag) Cyber Defense Competition for Beginners on *October 19 from 9am – 2pm, all happening at Coastline College in Garden Grove.

*This article has been revised by Coastline College as the event is now October 19th.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Initially evolving from a “Day of Unity” in 1981, October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). The focus of the month is to shed light on what domestic/relationship violence is. Often, domestic violence happens behind closed doors and numerous occasions people are ashamed, embarrassed, or not sure of their situation. However, three in four people know someone who has been involved in a Domestic Violence case. Through awareness, we are able to empower survivors to seek help, speak out, and not stay silent. 

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Why College Grads Earn A Million More Than Those Who Don’t Go

To be, or not to be,” that is the question asked by William Shakespeare’s, Hamlet.  The proverbial question one asks oneself when growing up is;  what do I want to be, who do I want to become, or what career do I want, to have a nice life and make a good living?  With all these questions, comes the next step, do I need to go to college to achieve my chosen goal? 

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Ten Ways to Reduce the Cost of Finishing College

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If the thought of paying for college may seem overwhelming, we have some great tips to help you cut your college costs along the way. If you are a student currently enrolled at Coastline College, then you have already made one of the smartest decisions to reduce the cost of your college education. This 2019 academic year more than 20 million students are attending colleges nationwide. The average total cost of public colleges per year is $25,290 (in-state) $40,940 (out-of-state) and for private colleges: $50,900. Let’s find out how to knock down that price tag…

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Welcome! The faculty, management, and staff of Coastline College are excited to welcome you to the Fall 2019 term. We look forward to supporting you every step of the way as you pursue and achieve your academic goals. All of our caring personnel are eager to help and answer any questions you may have. Be sure to explore our extensive student support services and take advantage of all that’s available to you!

Classes begin the week of Monday, August 26th!


If you decide not to attend one or more of the classes in which you are enrolled, you need to drop the classes by the refund deadline. Refer to your Student Class Program, Web Schedule Bill for drop dates for each of your courses to ensure the fees are cancelled. For a successful start to your semester, follow these steps:


Teacher Feature: Tobi West

This week’s teacher feature is professor and department chair, Tobi West (CISSp, GCFE, CCFE) of the Computer Information Systems (CIS) and Computer Services Technology (CST). From hosting camps and workshops for teen girls in cybersecurity and technology called CyberTech Girls to spearheading Coastline College apprenticeship program, watch Professor West share her expertise with ITProTV for a special interview (above).

As the chair and professor for the department, Professor West has spent a great deal innovating offerings to provide the best for students, which was featured in last week’s Teacher Feature: Innovative Instructors. With this approach, the department has been recognized as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security.

Want to learn more about the Cybersecurity. Interested in a career in technology?

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Blog: The Evolving Future of the MBA Program

As many students probably have experienced by now is that the way we learn is changing. This can be attributed to a variety of reasons such as innovative technology, online teaching platforms (ex: Udemy, Skillshare and Teachable), self-hosting vloggers, the rise of social media influencers, or simply finding success outside traditional means.

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Student Spotlight: Artis Knox

Presented by SoulPancake and Bonobos, check out the video and Coastline ask that you share his story as it might inspire as well.

Each semester, Coastline College celebrates the accomplishments of our students and nothing commemorates that better than graduation. From their academic successes to their personal triumphs, each graduate has their own unique journey to the stage.

One story that stood out this year is that of Artis Knox from our 2019 Spring Commencement. Faced with many challenges on his path, Artis successfully earned a college degree while incarcerated and after his release. This was due to Coastline’s initiatives towards providing education to incarcerated students as well.

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News: Coastline College President Awarded for Excellence in Leadership

Dr. Loretta Adrian, Ph.D., President of Coastline College

Dr. Loretta Adrian, Ph.D., president of Coastline College in Orange County, California, was recently honored with the “Outstanding President” award from the California Community College Council for Staff and Organizational Development. The award is presented to a president/chancellor in the California community college system to recognize excellence in

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Press Release: Coastline College Honored Again as #2 of the Most Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges Nationwide

Dr. Lori Adrian, President, collaborating with Coastline staff members.

Every year, Diverse Magazine: Issues in Higher Education, spotlights the Most Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges. For both 2018 and 2019, Coastline College has been recognized as #2 on this list in the nation, in addition to being the only community college in California.

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Press Release: Coastline Promise Program Helps First-Year College Students to Attend College for Free

What if you could attend your first year in college – for free? The Coastline Promise Program helps provide financial and academic support to recently qualified high school graduates to attend community college while eliminating the financial barrier facing students and allow them to focus on education and not on student debt.

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Veterans Resource Center Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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Please join us for the grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony of Coastline College’s 3rd Veterans Resource Center. This event is open to the public.

When: Monday, August 19, 2019
Where: Coastline College Garden Grove Campus, 12901 S. Euclid Street, Garden Grove, CA
Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Event schedule:

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm  Reception & Featured Speakers
3:00 pm  Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
3:15 pm – 4:00 pm  Open House Tour

Refreshments will be provided. 

Contact the VRC to RSVP and for more information: 714-241-6126 


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CSU and UC Applications Hands-On Workshops

Transferring? Mondays and Thursdays Just Got Better!

Join the Transfer Center at Garden Grove Campus for the CSU and UC applications hands-on Workshops

Starting August 1st, Coastline’s Transfer Center is hosting a CSU and UC Applications Hands-On Workshop series. Come to any one of August workshops to work on your CSU application for Spring 2020 admission or begin your UC application.

Workshop Dates and Times

Thursday, August 1 – 1PM – 6PM
Monday, August 5 – 1:30PM – 5:30PM
Thursday, August 8 – 10AM – 4PM
Monday, August 12 – 10AM – 4PM
Thursday, August 15 – 10AM – 4PM

What You Need to Bring to the Workshop

  • Student ID Number.
  • Copy of your unofficial transcript from all colleges attended.
  • Information on the number of people in your household.
  • 2018 financial information for you or your parents.

Other Important Dates at a Glance

August 1 – 31, 2019: CSU Spring 2020 application period
August 1, 2019: UC Fall 2020 application opens
November 1 – 30, 2019: Submit the UC Application

10 Reasons Why You Should Become a Student at Coastline College

There is a lot of talk going on about whether or not you should go to college. But once you decide to go, then what? There are so many factors to consider when picking a higher institution from should I save money and go to community college or should I head to a state college? How does one begin to sift through all the information to make a choice?

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