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Winter 2015 / 2016

Consortium News

CyberWatch West Center Extended for an Additional Three Years

Rep. Rick Larsen with WCC Computer Information Systems faculty Travis McEwen
in the college's CIS lab on Aug. 31, 2015

Bellingham, Wash. – Whatcom Community College (WCC) has received two grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) totaling $6.4 million. These grants reinforce Whatcom’s nationwide leadership in cybersecurity and allow the college to drive a substantial nationwide expansion of cybersecurity programs in other colleges and universities.

“Funding from the National Science Foundation acknowledges the exemplary and cutting-edge work being done by Whatcom’s faculty and staff,” said WCC President Kathi Hiyane-Brown. “The college is proud to be at the forefront of cybersecurity education and to be recognized for creating meaningful advances in the cybersecurity field. It’s exciting to know these grants will allow WCC and partner institutions to share those best practices with colleges throughout the U.S.”

"The grants for Whatcom Community College’s cybersecurity program will further Washington state's role as a leader and hub for cybersecurity,” said Sen. Patty Murray. “Investing in educational opportunities nationwide is critical to developing the workforce needed to defend our economy and our nation from increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks and cyber threats.”

Rep. Rick Larsen added: "Whatcom Community College is a national leader in training a highly skilled cybersecurity workforce to protect our country from increasing cyber threats. These new NSF grants underscore Whatcom Community College’s critical and innovative work to improve our country’s cybersecurity. I look forward to touring the College’s cybersecurity facility on Monday, Aug. 31 and seeing this nationally recognized program in action.”

The first of the two grants provides three additional years of funding for CyberWatch West, an NSF-Advanced Technology Education (ATE) center.

The second grant is titled “Catalyzing Computing and Cybersecurity in Community Colleges” (referred to as “C5”). It provides three years of funding to establish a national network of community colleges that meet exceptionally high standards in cybersecurity and computing education. That network of colleges will prepare more students who are highly qualified for this important field and prepare them for transfer to four-year schools to continue their education.

With this funding, grant partners will also develop a new national computer science principles course with enhanced cybersecurity components. In addition, the funding allows WCC and partner institutions across the nation to mentor other colleges pursuing certification through the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to become Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cybersecurity – Two Year (CAE2Y).

This article is based on a press release from Whatcom Community College in August 2015.


Consortium Sending Students to First National ICMCP Conference

Travel scholarships are available for students wanting to attend the first-ever National Conference of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals March 23–24, at the Washington Plaza Hotel in Washington, DC.

The one-and-a-half-day conference is organized by the International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professional (ICMCP), a non-profit association dedicated to the academic and professional success of minority cybersecurity students and professionals.

The ICMCP recently announced that the conference's keynote speaker will be Alberto Yépez, managing director at Trident Capital Cybersecurity. Yépez is also on the board of trustees at the University of San Francisco, the chairman of the Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC), and a co-founder of HispanicNet, a networking community of 20,000 Hispanic leaders worldwide.

Travel funds are available to cover roundtrip airfare to Washington, DC and up to three nights at the hotel. College students who are actively enrolled in a cybersecurity program in the United States are eligible to apply by completing the online application on the CyberWatch West website.

Scholarship recipients will need to cover their own travel expenses in advance of the ICMCP conference, then submit their receipts for reimbursement afterward.

To be considered for a travel scholarship, students must submit their applications by Tuesday, March 1, 2016.


CyberWatch West assists institutions in developing or revising their cybersecurity curriculum to map to national standards. The consortium is also working toward creating/enhancing educational pathways in cybersecurity to ensure that information assurance coursework is transferable from community colleges to four-year institutions.

California IT Model Curriculum

At the ICT Educators' Conference in San Jose in January, CyberWatch West Director Corrinne Sande, Co-PI Nancy Jones and Jake Zhu, Chair of the Department of Information & Decision Sciences at CSUSB, presented on a new Information Technology (IT) Model Curriculum that meets some of the requirements for the National Security Agency's National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CD) for 2 year colleges (CAE2Y) designation.

Finalized by the Intersegmental Curriculum Faculty Workgroup (ICFW) in March 2015, the model curriculum (located here) includes four courses that map to CAE2Y knowledge units. 

California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) has approved a 4-year degree program that will accept transfer credits from courses in the model curriculum. Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Technology at CSUSB may choose to focus on either Computer Information Systems or Cyber Security Intelligence.

The diagram used to explain how the courses map to CAE2Y knowledge units and how transfer credits will apply to the four-year degree at CSUSB is available for download here on the CyberWatch West website.

Webinars: Hands-on Exercises with EDURange

CyberWatch West recently hosted a series of three free webinars by experts from The Evergreen State College, the University of Calgary and Lewis & Clark College. They demonstrated how educators can use the EDURange suite of interactive computer security exercises to teach students about protocols including SSH and TCP and how to use tools like strace.

All three webinars are now available for download from the CyberWatch West website (Member access required). To download them, sign on to your account and then follow these links:

Member Meetings

Monthly meetings for CyberWatch West members resumed this January.  Held on WebEx at, the meetings explore a range of topics.

At the January meeting, Coastline Community College Instructor Tobi West described the steps she took to support and host CyberPatriot teams from local high schools and middle schools.

Video of the presentation is available for download from the Member Content area of the CyberWatch West website (Member access required). 

Subsequent meetings this spring will be held at 9 a.m. PST on the fourth Friday of the month:

  • Friday, February 26
  • Friday, March 25
  • Friday, April 22
  • Friday, May 27

Presentation topics and meeting agendas to come.

For more information on Curriculum Development contact:
Nancy Jones, CWW Co-PI | Faculty Development


CyberWatch West promotes information assurance awareness, faculty skill building, and professional capacity building through faculty development programs. We assess the current skill level of faculty participants and offer focused training courses and workshops.


Proposals are being accepted for workshops and presentations at this year's Community College Cyber Summit (3CS), July 22-24 in Pittsburgh, PA. 

The national academic conference is being designed around the theme "Expanding the Boundaries of Cybersecurity Programs at Community Colleges."

Presentation and workshop proposals are due February 15. Summit your proposal online through the CyberWatch West website.

Bringing Cybersecurity Educators Together

One way CyberWatch West builds community between cybersecurity educators is supporting them in their attendance of professional and academic conferences. Last June, the consortium provided travel support to help fourteen instructors attend The Colloquium for Information Security Education (CISSE) and the Community College Cyber Summit (3CS).

CyberWatch West also brought the Deputy Sector Navigators for Information & Communication Technologies (ICT)/Digital Media in the California Community College system to the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Conference & Expo in San Diego in November.

In January, the consortium sponsored the Winter ICT Educators' Conference in Silicon Valley, sponsoring the travel of seven community college instructors and three high school teachers.

Opportunities to apply for travel support for cybersecurity conferences and events are posted on the CyberWatch West website and announced via member emailings.


For more information on Faculty Development contact:
Dr. Tony Coulson CWW Co-PI | Faculty Development


CyberWatch West provides student development activities and information awareness to K-12. The Student Development program is lead by Co-PI Dr. Dan Manson who assists in the creation of new student clubs with a primary focus on cybersecurity, and getting started with cybersecurity competitions. We connect students with educational organizations, professional associations, cyber defense leagues, and internships. By participating in CyberWatch West-sponsored events, students gain relevant experience in information assurance and knowledge that prepares them for competing on a cyber defense team, while connecting with a network of professionals in the industry.

CyberGirlz is a one-day workshop designed to help middle school girls engage in lessons and activities related to cybersecurity. At past CyberGirlz events, participants have developed programs, animations and games, engaged in discussions with STEM professionals, and tested their skills in Capture the Flag competitions designed specifically for them.

CyberWatch West has recently made available curriculum and materials developed by San Jose State University and California State Polytechnic University—Pomona. Visit the CyberGirlz page on the CyberWatch West website to download sample lessons, an assessment, an event schedule and a promotional flyer (no Member Content access required). 


Third Annual Y.E.L.L. Female Summit in May

CyberWatch West is sponsoring the third annual Young Educated Ladies Learning (Y.E.L.L.)  Female Summit, to be held Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Highline College in Des Moines, WA. The goal of the organization is "To empower and motivate our young women of color to excel in academics and to accept nothing less than excellence from self."

Cybersecurity Competitions in the News


For more information on Student Development contact:
Dr. Dan Manson, CWW Co-PI | Student Development


Published in June 2015 ~ CyberPatriotAFA YouTube Channel

This 7:30 video produced by CyberPatriot explains the basics of the CyberPatriot competition and includes footage of the 2015 awards ceremony.

Looking for an action-packed STEM activity? Check out CyberPatriot today!
Published in June 2015 ~ CyberPatriotAFA You Tube Channel

This quick teaser manages to sum up the benefits and appeal of CyberPatriot in just 35 seconds!

Published in February 2016 ~ CyberFed You Tube Channel

The most recent edition of the CyberFed Show counts down the top 10 cybersecurity competition stories of 2015. Know about CyberPatriot and CCDC but not much else? This 8:30 episode will bring you up to speed on the wider world of competitions.


Recent Events

ATE PI Conference
October 21-23, 2015
Washington DC

NICE Conference & Expo
November 3-4, 2015
San Diego, CA

ICT Educators' Conference
January 7-8, 2016
San Jose, CA

AACC Workforce Development Institute
January 20-23, 2016
New Orleans, LA

Upcoming Events

SIGCSE Technical Symposium
March 2-5, 2016
Memphis, TN

CyberWatch West NVC Meeting
March 9-11, 2016
Bellingham, WA

Women in Cyber Security Conference (WiCyS)
March 31-April 2, 2016
Dallas, TX

June 13-15, 2016
Philadelphia, PA

Community College Cyber Summit (3CS)
July 22-24, 2016
Pittsburgh, PA

High Impact Technology Exchange Conference (Hi-TEC)
July 25-28, 2016
Pittsburgh, PA

Go to 
for a list of  upcoming events


Consortium Members

Corrinne Sande
Director/Principal Investigator

CyberWatch West - Main Office
Whatcom Community College
Bellingham, WA

Dr. Dan Manson, Co-PI
Area of Focus: Student Development

California State Polytechnic University
Pomona | Pomona, CA


Dr. Tony Coulson, Co-PI
Area of Focus: Professional Development

California State University, San Bernardino 
San Bernardino, CA

Nancy S. Jones, Co-PI
Area of Focus: Curriculum Development
Coastline Community College
Fountain Valley, CA


CAE/CAE2Y Mentoring
Funds Available for Qualified Institutions

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a major grant, Catalyzing Computing and Cybersecurity in Community Colleges ("C5") to Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Wash., to expand the Centers of Academic Excellence – Two-Year (CAE2Y) nationally.
The C5 Mentor Program offers opportunities for mentee institutions to work with a qualified mentor, who will assist the mentee in improving their cybersecurity program and/or in completing the CAE2Y application. This will help ensure that mentee applications are of high quality and meet National Security Agency standards.

Both mentor and mentee colleges may earn funding in support of their efforts toward this activity, if all program requirements are met.

To apply to become either a mentor or a mentee, complete the online application at


New Members!
August 2015 to January 2016

Community Colleges 

Citrus College

College of San Mateo

College of the Canyons

Cuyamaca College

Houston Community College

Las Positas College

Los Medanos College

Missoula College — University of Montana

Pasadena City College

Red Rocks Community College

Technical Colleges

Bates Technical College

High Schools

Oak Park High School

Santa Ynez Valley Union High School

CWW Members
through January 2016


Glendale Community College

Estrella Mountain Community College


American River College

Antelope Valley College

Barstow Community College

California State University — Chico

Cerritos College

Chaffey College

City College of San Francisco

College of the Redwoods

Consumnes Community College

DeAnza College

Diablo Valley College

Evergreen Valley College

Folsom Lake College

Hartnell College

John F. Kennedy High School

Long Beach City College

Los Angeles Southwest College

Los Angeles Unified School District

Monterey Penninsula College

National University

Rancho Santiago Community College District

Rio Hondo College

Riverside City College

Sacramento City College

Saddleback College

San Bernardino Valley College

San Diego City College

San Jose State University

Santa Monica College

Santa Rosa Junior College — Petaluma

Sierra Joint Community College

Trident University International

Troy High School

West Los Angeles College

Yuba College


Chaparral High School

Regis University


Honolulu Community College

Kapi'olani Community College

Leeward Community College

University of Hawaii Maui College


St Louis Community College—Forest Park

New Mexico

Eastern New Mexico University — Ruidoso


College of Southern Nevada

Truckee Meadows Community College


Lewis & Clark College

Linn-Benton Community College

Mt. Hood Community College

Oregon Institute of Technology

Portland Community College


Texas A&M University — Corpus Christi

University of Texas at El Paso


Utah Valley University


Central Washington University

Clover Park Technical College

Columbia Basin College

Eastern Washington University

Edmonds Community College

Everett Community College

Green River Community College

Highline Community College

North Seattle College

Olympic College

Peninsula College

Tacoma Community College

The Evergreen State College

University of Washington

Western Washington University


Laramie County Community College


Cybersecurity Centers
Around the Nations


CyberWatch West is funded by a National Science Foundation
Advanced Technological Education Center Grant.

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