With distributed campuses in Southern California, Coastline College’s Cybersecurity program offers an Associate of Science degree, in addition to several certificates. Coastline’s Cybersecurity program helps students develop a unique skill set in the information technology field with critical thinking and investigative techniques. Recognized by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security since 2014 for its strong cybersecurity program, Coastline is a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education.
Coastline is committed to creating opportunities for student success by guiding diverse student populations toward the attainment of associate degrees and certificates leading to career advancement, personal empowerment, and transfer. By meeting students where they are, Coastline provides innovative instruction and services designed to achieve equitable outcomes. As an early pioneer of distance learning, Coastline was founded as the “College Without Walls” in 1976, and now provides over 81% of instruction through various distance learning platforms. Coastline is a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) with a diverse student population, also recognized as an Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) and a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI).
Coastline collaborates to develop cybersecurity education pathways through articulation agreements and activities to inform students about the cybersecurity education and career pathway programs. Among the various pathway initiatives, the program includes CyberTech Girls workshops and CyberPatriot competitions for middle and high school students, an online AS in Cybersecurity degree with hands-on technical experiences, a cybersecurity student club, skill-building cybersecurity competitions, and industry certifications for apprentices in the CA Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Program.