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Interview explores Anaheim Union High School District’s pathway to cybersecurity

In the newest episode of the AUHSD Future Talks podcast (available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts), Anaheim Union High School District Superintendent Michael Matsuda interviews Rahul Gupta, Senior Trial Deputy for the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

During the conversation, Mr. Gupta shares his background story that led him to specialize in prosecuting cyber-crime in the Major Fraud unit. He has a background in technology and currently teaches attorneys and law enforcement officers throughout California on digital evidence and social media. Mr. Gupta received his bachelor’s degree in history from UCLA and his J.D. from Notre Dame Law School. He started his career as a corporate litigator and then as an account manager for an internet company.

In addition, Mr. Gupta exposes how big the threat of cyber crime is and why the general public should care about cybersecurity. He also discussed the many cybersecurity opportunities available due to the enormous threat of cyber crime. Consequently, he praised the Anaheim Union High School District for emphasizing cybersecurity and creating a Cybersecurity pathway at Magnolia High School that has given students access to leaders in the cybersecurity field and opportunities for real-world experiences and careers.

The Magnolia Cybersecurity pathway began as a single course in September 2017, under the direction of Superintendent Matsuda. This program is now a full pathway that students can apply to and enter their freshman year. They are recruited in junior high and go on to take Cybersecurity courses throughout high school. After completing the Cybersecurity pathway at Magnolia High School, students matriculate to Cypress College to embark on the Cybersecurity Certificate Program. After completion of these courses, students can apply to a four-year university and finish their degree or can enter the cybersecurity workforce to gain work experience. Magnolia High School partners with Cypress College, who has received a CS32 grant of 1.7 million dollars to support students with mentoring and guidance to better serve them toward a successful journey into a cyber career.
One of the student success stories of this program is Anthony Gomez, a Magnolia High School alumnus, who is a Security Analyst focusing on Information Security. Anthony attended Magnolia High School and was a participant in the Dual Enrollment program. During his time there he took an IT Fundamentals and Anti-Hacking class. He chose the Cybersecurity pathway because he had a natural curiosity to break things. The support he received from the Dual Enrollment team and the instructors gave him a head start in his career. With the skills he learned, he went on to intern at Hulu as an Information Security Engineer. After his internship concluded, Hulu brought him back as a security consultant and is now making $60,000 a year as a 19-year-old with no college degree.

AUHSD Future Talks episodes, including Mr. Gupta’s interview, are available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts.

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The article above was released by Anaheim Union High School District.