On Leap Day 2020, Coastline held its annual CyberTech Girls event with 60 middle school and high school girls attending for hands-on workshops in digital forensics, cybersecurity, and computer hardware. CyberTech Girls brought together 18 mentors from government and industry cybersecurity roles to share their experiences with the students.
LEAP INTO CYBERSECURITY! CyberTech Girls OC will be on Leap Day 2020 for middle school and high school girls of Orange County, CA. This no-cost event features hands-on activities and female mentors.
West worked at the same company for nearly a decade before obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management. She became interested in IT after getting involved in a few projects at work and becoming more interested in computers and gaming at home.
Despite those interests, she struggled to find a master’s degree program that would allow her to pursue them. Her own struggles would later inspire her to become a mentor for others who are looking to pursue a career in cybersecurity.
“I went to my IT director, and I really asked a lot of people where should I go and what should I do. No one really had an answer for me,” West said. “I didn’t know what programs were out there and there was really no mentorship. What I deliver now to my students is what I couldn’t find.”