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Val Tech and Cyber Defense/Security
Valencia Academy

Cyber Security and Cyber Defense means acting in anticipation to oppose an attack against computers and networks. High schools and universities are in the process of developing cyber security pathways and degrees in response to the growth of career opportunities in cybersecurity.

U.S. News and World Report (May, 2016) stated that the profession is growing at a rate of 36.5% through 2022. Many information security analysts enter the job market with a bachelor’s degree in computer science with an ICT or cybersecurity specialty, programming or engineering.

Proposed Pathway
Valencia High School currently offers six CTE pathways within Val Tech. A CTE pathway consists of an Introductory class, a concentrated class, and a capstone course.
For Cyber Defense, the pathway incorporates existing courses at VHS in AP Computer Science Principles, Networking (CIDI 14) and a capstone course in AP or IB Comp Sci, the Val Tech Internship and participation in academic competition.

CCNA Security Curriculum is incorporated into the Networking (CIDI) coursework for those that
complete the introductory courses. Digital forensics will be incorporate into the courses as appropriate. This emerging field offers exciting curriculum changes to existing courses.
Our successful Cyber Patriot Team is offered as an academic competition in cyber defense.
CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program and was conceived by the Air Force Association (AFA) to inspire high school students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future. VHS had five teams compete including high school teams and a middle school team.
In March 2016, Valencia High School CyberPatriot Team won the 1st Place West Region Award. Team practices run through the summer to cover scripting and defensive strategies for upcoming Cyber Patriot competitions.

Please contact Dwight Osborne at for more information about opportunities in Cyber Security and Defense. 

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying in all district activities, programs, and employment based upon actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, color, religion, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, immigration status, sex, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Reference: BP 0410; 1312.3; 4111.1; 5145.3; 5145.7; 4119.11/4219.11/4319.11
Compliance Officer for Complaints. Employee complaint: Rick Lopez, Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources (714) 985-8408. Title IX Sexual Harassment and any other discrimination complaints: Cary Johnson, Director, Educational Services (714) 985-8656. Americans with Disabilities Act complaints: Richard McAlindin, Executive Director, Instructional Support (714) 985-8727. Bullying, intimidation complaints: Rick Riegel, Administrator, Student Services (714) 985-8671
Procedure for Complaints. Uniform Complaint Policy Form 1312.3 (English), 1312.3 (Spanish). Williams Uniform Complaint Procedures Form 1312.4 (English) and 1312.4 (Spanish)
El Distrito Escolar Unificado Placentia-Yorba Linda, prohíbe la discriminación, acoso, intimidación, hostigamiento en todas las actividades, programas y empleo del distrito en base a género real o percibido, identificación de género, expresión de género, raza, etnia, color, religión ascendencia, nacionalidad, origen nacional, identificación de grupo étnico, estado de inmigración, sexo, orientación sexual, estatus marital o parental, embarazo, edad discapacidad física o mental o en base a la asociación de la persona con una persona o grupo, con una o más de estas características reales o percibidas. Referencia: BP 0410; 1312.3; 4111.1; 5145.3; 5145.7; 4119.11/4219.11/4319.11.
Quejas de empleados: Rick Lopez, Asistente de Superintendente, Recursos Humanos (714) 985-8408. Titulo IX Acoso Sexual y cualquier otra queja de discriminación: Cary Johnson, Director, Servicios Educativos (714) 985-8656. Americanos con Discapacidades Acta de quejas: Richard McAlindin, Director Ejecutivo, Apoyo Educativo (714) 985-8727. Quejas de acoso, intimidación: Rick Riegel, Administrador, Servicios Estudiantiles (714) 985-8671

Employee/Student Non-Fraternization Policy: BP 4101