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Computer Security Educational Center

At West Los Angeles College we are proud to be part of the Computer Security Community by raising awareness of the importance of Computer Security nowadays.

Degrees & Programs

AA degrees and Certificates of Achievement

With viruses, worms, and computer attacks being launched daily, network security will be among the fastest growing industries in the world. As a part of homeland security, computer and information security has become an important topic in higher education.

WLAC’s network security curriculum combines the existing MCSE, CCNA and Information System Security training to help students develop skills to design, administer and manage the heterogeneous corporate network with security emphasis.

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Industrial Certificates

Our curriculum aligns with most of the industrial certifications training.

CompTIA Security+ Network+ A+
CompTIA Security+ validates knowledge of communication security, infrastructure security, cryptography, operational security, and general security concepts. It is an international, vendor-neutral certification that is taught at colleges, universities and commercial training centers around the world. Although not a prerequisite, it is recommended that CompTIA Security+ candidates have at least two years on-the-job networking experience, with an emphasis on security. The CompTIA Network+ certification is also recommended.

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Student Resources

Homeland Security National Initiative For Cybersecurity Careers and Studies

West Los Angeles College is proud to announce its partnership with National Initiative For Cybersecurity Careers and Studies- NICCS-. Look for our Institution ID: 157.

NETLAB Remote Environment

NETLAB+® provides remote access to lab equipment and curriculum.

A few years back, WLAC implemented NETLAB+ environment as a principal way to provide its students with hands-on labs. These labs are part of a series of lab exercises designed through a grant initiative by the Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA) and the Network Development Group (NDG), funded by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program Department of Undergraduate Education (DUE) Award No. 0702872 and 1002746. This work has been adapted by The Department of Labor (DOL) Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant No. TC-22525-11-60-A-48. This series of lab exercises is intended to support courseware for CompTIA Security+® certification.

National Cyber League

West Los Angeles College field an 8-student team National Cyber League Cyber Security competition for the first time. They competed in the Gold Division and placed 37th out of 39 teams (122 teams competed nationally). 

Homeland Security NICCS

National Initiative For Cybersecurity Careers and Studies

West Los Angeles College is proud to announce its partnership with National Initiative For Cybersecurity Careers and Studies- NICCS-. Look for our Institution ID: 157.

The NICCS Training Catalog provides a robust listing of cybersecurity and cybersecurity-related training courses offered in the U.S. The Training Catalog contains over 2,000 courses, with more courses being added every day! The NICCS Training Catalog is meant to serve as a central resource to help people find the information on courses they want or need for a career in cyber.

The Training Catalog allows users to search for courses based on: keyword, proficiency level, delivery method, and Workforce Framework Specialty Area.

Training for a Career in Cyber

Securing, protecting, and defending our nation’s digital information and critical infrastructure require building an agile and highly skilled workforce that can respond to the challenges of the day.

Whether you are a current cyber employee looking to build your skills, a career changer seeking to forge a new path, or a veteran hoping to retrain for the next phase in life, the NICCS Training Catalog is the place to start.

The NICCS Training Catalog offers more than 2,000 cyber and IT courses available throughout the country, online, and in person. Visit the Training Catalog today and find the course that paves the way to your future in cyber.

Free Government Training

The Federal Virtual Training Environment (FedVTE) and FedVTE Live! (Formerly FedCTE) programs offer access to online and in-person cybersecurity training for the entire government workforce, both at federal and state and local events. FedVTE provides flexible online training, while FedVTE Live! offers live courses taught either in-person or through a virtual environment. These programs are available for free to government employees and veterans can also take advantage of FedVTE courses at no cost. Learn about FedVTE. Learn about FedVTE Live!

Cyber Competitions

Looking for a place to check out your skills in a safe and legal environment? Check out cyber competitions! Competitions are a great way to learn about cybersecurity by applying offensive and defensive maneuvers in a competitive environment. There are many different competitions aimed at various levels of ability from beginners to seasoned experts.

Our Courses Listed on the NICCS Web Site

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