Press Release: Cybersecurity Leader Coastline College Renews CAE-CD Designation for 2024-2029

Fountain Valley, CA | February 05, 2024

Coastline College's designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) has again been renewed by the National Security Agency (NSA). As the first community college in California to receive this prestigious recognition, Coastline has maintained the CAE-CD designation since 2014.

Coastline Professor Tobi West, PhD, leads a workshop during GenCyber CyberTechGirls event hosted at Coastline College's Cyber Center
Coastline Professor Tobi West, PhD, leads a workshop during a GenCyber CyberTechGirls event hosted at Coastline College's Cyber Center.

Designated institutions are committed to providing rigorous cyber defense education to help students prepare for the cybersecurity workforce and secure our nation's infrastructure. CAE in Cyber Defense programs are recognized for excellence in cybersecurity curriculum, innovative approaches to community outreach, and continual improvement. The renewed designation will be in effect for the next five academic years through 2029.

“Our team is honored to receive the CAE-CD designation again. It is a testament of our commitment to building a quality cybersecurity program that students can depend on,” said Tobi West, professor and chair of the Technology Department at Coastline College. “This designation places Coastline amongst an elite group of institutions to have access to cybersecurity scholarships, grants for program development, and the authorization to use the official NSA and NCAE-C seals on its program materials and website.”

Coastline’s AS in Cybersecurity and extra-curricular activities provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to earn a living wage in today’s workforce. In addition to the CAE-CD designated program, Associate of Science in Cybersecurity, Coastline offers other technology degrees and certificates in Data Analytics, Data Science, Digital Forensics and Incident Response, and Information Technology.

About Coastline College:

Coastline College is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. For eight consecutive years, Coastline College was selected as one of the top 150 colleges by The Aspen Institute for Community College Excellence which is considered the most prestigious designation for community colleges. Coastline delivers flexible courses and services that cultivate and guide diverse student populations across the globe to complete pathways leading to the attainment of associate degrees, certificates, career readiness, and transfer to four-year colleges/universities.

Tobi West, PhD
Cyber Center Director
Technology Department Chair

Coastline College
11460 Warner Av.
Fountain Valley, CA 92708