Los Angeles Community College District Unites with EC-Council to Fortify their Local Cybersecurity Workforce

Tampa, December 5th, 2023

In an exciting development for the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD), several colleges have joined forces with EC-Council through the Academic Partnership offering comprehensive cybersecurity pathways with stackable credentials. These credentials include Network Defense Essentials (NDE), Ethical Hacking Essentials (EHE), and Digital Forensics Essentials (DFE). These three courses are a part of the Essentials Series, an introductory offensive and defensive Cybersecurity certification series positioned to skills up students to entry-level employment.

This collaboration between LACCD and EC-Council reflects a commitment to address the growing demand for skilled cybersecurity professionals across the state of California. This partnership provides students with additional opportunities to pursue in-demand industry certifications as they pursue their degrees. In addition, LACCD will also offer these programs across non-credit, vocational programs to equip them with the skills for gainful employment in the Cybersecurity workforce.

CSIS Professor Network Engineer, and Certified Ethical Hacker, Mario Perez goes on to say,

“I am very excited of this new partnership with EC-Council and the opportunity to develop and offer two Cybersecurity paths: EC-Council Essentials Series for non-credit vocational program and EC-Council Network Defense and Ethical Hacking for credit/certification to LAVC’ Students.”

Vice President, Matthew Jordan, Ed.D. at Los Angeles Valley College goes on to say,

“We are extremely excited to offer programs in Cybersecurity to meet the sizeable workforce needs in the field. Our programs will train students to be future leaders in IT and Cybersecurity.”

Since the launch of the Community College Scholarship Initiative (C2SI) in June 2021, and the recent job role mapping published for 8140 highlighting EC-Council certification mapped to DoD positions, industry certifications have never been more readily available and valuable to students preparing to enter the workforce.

Currently, 3 schools are partnered with EC-Council allowing interchangeable credits throughout schools.

  • Los Angeles Valley College
  • Los Angeles Mission College
  • Los Angeles Pierce College

Wesley Alvarez, Director of Academics at EC-Council goes on to say,

“We have been eager to introduce cost effective solutions for the most populated city in California and are extremely excited to partner with Los Angeles Community College District to offer tactical Cybersecurity courses for students, career changers, and anyone looking to add network defense, ethical hacking, and digital forensics to their list of skills.”

As the partnership expands and more colleges join, the future of cybersecurity education and credentialed, workforce ready students is transforming quickly.

About Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD)

LACCD is the largest community college district in California and among the largest in the nation. Currently, LACCD enrolls about 205,000 full- and part-time students at its nine colleges.

For the 2021-22 Academic Year, enrollment was 202,735 students. About half of all LACCD students report their incomes at near or below the poverty line. During the 2021–2022 Academic Year, LACCD distributed $205,454,319 in financial aid awards, not including student loans. This financial aid is critical to opening the doors of higher education to those who could not otherwise afford college. Research shows that an education at LACCD’s colleges is an important source of economic stability and upward mobility for some of the neediest residents of Los Angeles County. An LACCD graduate with an associate degree is likely to earn 33 percent more than people who only have a high school diploma.

Academic Achievement

For 2021–22, the district conferred more than 35,000 awards, including two-year degrees and certificates. Nearly 5,750 of those awards were transfer degrees. In addition, West Los Angeles College is the second highest-producing community college in California for four-year bachelor’s degrees. In 2021–22, 61 students earned their bachelor’s in dental Hygiene, more than a 100-percent increase over the 29 students who were the first-ever in the District to receive similar bachelor’s degrees in 2018.

Los Angeles College Promise Program

The Los Angeles College Promise Program entered its sixth year of operations with the fall term of the 2022–2023 Academic Year. The student success program provides two full years of free tuition, free laptop computers, priority registration and access to educational and financial aid counseling for first-time, full-time students who enroll in the program. Nearly 30,000 students enrolled, and more than 4,250 students graduated with associate degree since the program first began in 2017.


About Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC)

Opportunity. Guidance. Success. Today, under the leadership of President Dr. Barry Gribbons, Valley College has over 20,000 students and is committed to guiding and supporting students so they achieve their academic goals. The LA College Promise Program offers first-time college students with up to 2-years of free tuition, academic support, and much more. The new Valley Fast Track program helps busy adults to complete general education transfer courses in about 2 years. LAVC is a student-focused campus community. It also offers student support programs to help Black, LGBTQIA, Latinx, veterans undocumented, students’ parents, and/or other historically disadvantaged groups be successful in college.

Pathways to Success

LAVC offers career and academic pathways with courses offers in-person, online and web-enhanced formats. In-demand vocational programs include Business Administration, Child Development, Computer Science, Media Arts, Nursing, and Respiratory Therapy. In addition, LAVC is the only community college in the San Fernando Valley that offers college credit for work or internship experience. Our students have successfully transferred to UCLA, USC, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara, Cal State Los Angeles, CSU Northridge, and private and public universities. Most notably, students in LAVC’s TAP/Honors program have a better academic performance at UCLA than non-TAP transfers and native UCLA students.

Find out more at https://www.lavc.edu/.

About EC-Council

EC-Council invented the Certified Ethical Hacker. Founded in 2001 in response to 9/11, EC-Council’s mission is to provide the training and certifications apprentice and experienced cyber security professionals need to keep corporations, government agencies, and others who employ them safe from attack.

Best known for its Certified Ethical Hacker program, EC-Council today offers 200 different training programs, certifications, and degrees in everything from Computer Forensic Investigation and Security Analysis to Threat Intelligence and Information Security. An ISO/IEC 17024 Accredited Organization recognized under the US Defense Department Directive 8140/8570 and many other authoritative cybersecurity bodies worldwide, the company has certified over 350,000 professionals across the globe. Trusted by seven of the Fortune 10, half of the Fortune 100, and the various agencies public and private across 140 nations, EC-Council is the gold standard in cybersecurity education and certification.

A truly global organization with a driving belief in bringing diversity, equity, and inclusion to the modern cybersecurity workforce, EC-Council maintains 11 offices in the U.S., the UK, India, Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia. The company can be reached online at EC-Council.

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