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August workshops introduce high school students, parents and teachers to popular cyber defense competition

Post Date:08/03/2017 3:25 p.m.

Bellingham, Wash. – CyberWatch West, based at Whatcom Community College, is organizing three free information sessions in northwest Washington to introduce high school students, parents and teachers to the CyberPatriot program, the largest high school cyber defense competition in the United States.

Dr. Dan Manson, professor of computer information systems at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, will cover how high schools can form teams and compete in CyberPatriot competitions, which take place November through April. Space at the workshops is limited; register online at The workshops will be held the following days and locations:

  • 1 p.m. Monday, August 28, Burlington Public Library, Burlington Rotary Community Meeting Room
  • 4 p.m. Monday, August 28, Whatcom Community College, Syre Student Center 104
  • 2 p.m. Tuesday, August 29, Everett Community College, Grey Wolf Hall 166

To support the formation of new CyberPatriot teams, CyberWatch West will pay the $205 registration fee for a limited number of northwest Washington high school teams participating for the first time in 2017-18. High schools must be CyberWatch West educational members for their CyberPatriot teams to qualify for registration fee sponsorship. For more information, email These workshops are not officially affiliated with CyberPatriot, the National Youth Cyber Education Program.

About CyberWatch West: CyberWatch West is a consortium of colleges, universities, high schools, and industry partners working together to grow and strengthen our nation’s cybersecurity workforce. Whatcom Community College is one of only four Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyberdefense National Resource Centers in the country. Funded by a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education (NSF-ATE) Grant, CyberWatch West is administered by Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Washington.

About Whatcom: Whatcom Community College is a regionally and nationally accredited college with an accomplished faculty and staff who serve 11,000 students annually. On its campus in Bellingham, Wash., and through online courses, Whatcom offers transfer and professional-technical degrees as well as basic education, job skills training, and community education classes. The College is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017. For more information, visit

Contact: Marisa Ellis, Whatcom Community College PIO, 360.383.3310,

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