Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Beyond the Bell Branch - Founded August 2011
"We are proud to be the first Center of Excellence in the CyberPatriot program. Having two of our teams at the 2011 National Finals was thrilling. Repeating that in 2012 is a credit to our team. However, what really counts is what this program does for our students. CyberPatriot opens our doors to a new generation, and because of CyberPatriot we have students staying in school, going to college, and planning a career. I have seen students join this program and for the first time they become leaders and apply themselves as never before. Thank you AFA. As an educator, I could not ask for more."
- Alvaro Cortés, Executive Director, Beyond the Bell Branch LAUSD
- Partnering with California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and Los Angeles Southwest College to help students earn college credits towards a cybersecurity program through online classes
- Hosting a three-day cyber camp in conjunction with college professors and students from California Polytechnic University and Mt. San Antonio College.
- Offering drop-in summer program to help the students prepare for competition
- Joining the National Science Foundation-funded CyberWatch West institute to increase corporate- and college-level contacts
- Providing cybersecurity and systems training for Coaches
- Sponsoring CyberDayLA to help teams and their families kick off the CyberPatriot competition season