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Coleman University offers a traditional campus experience and encourages the formation of clubs and participation in student-oriented organizations. We hold seminars, workshops, and other events to help prepare students for academic success. Keep an eye out for an occasional BBQ or radio station appearance.

We’re involved in many off-campus events, supporting local arts, armed services, and charitable organizations.

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5 Steps to Get Started in Coleman’s Cybersecurity Program

Making a decision of what degree to pursue can be challenging. You must consider a series of factors, such as: number of jobs available, salary expectations, how much the field is expected to grow in the next few years, and how much you would enjoy working in that occupation now and in the future. This is why it is so important to choose it carefully. Understanding your strengths and weaknesses, in addition to what type of work provides you with the most personal and professional satisfaction is key.

A career in cybersecurity involves understanding how hackers think and act, so you can prepare systems to avoid attacks. You will be able to protect companies and private information all around the world, combat cybercrimes and identity theft. For individuals who enjoy the inner workings of computer systems and who desire to make a difference, becoming a cybersecurity expert could be the right career.

More than 80% of U.S. companies were hacked until 2015, according to Duke University/CFO Magazine Global Business Outlook Survey released on 2015. This is an increasing fear for companies and customers. It is scary to know that any smart hacker could potentially have access to your private information. Hackers can and will retrieve data that you would not usually give away lightly, such as your social security number and credit card information.

Global corporations and federal institutions like Twitter, Netflix, Snapchat, and the U.S. Department of Justice, were all hacked in 2016. The number of well-known hacked companies – that consumers use every day – make data breaches one of America’s biggest fears, which is raising awareness for the importance of cybersecurity experts. However, according to the survey, smaller companies are most vulnerable to cyber-attacks. This is because they do not always have the resources needed to fight these attacks. Sometimes, they do not even realize they have been hacked.

Data breaches cost businesses around $400 billion a year, according Lloyd’s. It is expected that companies will spend an average of $170 billion by 2020 on cybersecurity. This represents an approximate growth rate of 10% in the next 5 years.

These hackers do not steal only information that should not be shared. They also steal currency. The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center estimates that ransomware – programs that infect a computer until a ransom is paid – costs millions of dollars to companies.

Career opportunities in cybersecurity are increasing. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the average salary for Information Security Analyst is $90,000 dollars per year, and jobs can be found in a variety of industries, since all companies need to protect themselves against cyber threats. The Bureau of Labor Statistics also states that the job outlook growth from 2014 to 2024 is 18%, much faster than average (which is 7%).

If you are curious about how to get started in Coleman’s Cybersecurity program, check out this 5 steps list of how to start.

    1. What is it?

In the Coleman University Cybersecurity degree program, you will learn how to design secure networks, recover data, and remove malware from systems. You will also learn how to hack systems, so you can understand how the professional hackers work.

At Coleman’s Cybersecurity program you will utilize the latest technology and learn how to be prepared to work in a very dynamic industry. The coursework includes topics and technologies such as multiple operating systems and cloud technologies.

You can choose to improve your skills in one or more of Coleman’s Cybersecurity program three tracks: Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing, Digital and Network Forensics, and Management of Information Security.

The 40-week Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing track provides an in-depth knowledge of network and operating system security, followed by familiarization with the tools and techniques used by both ethical hackers and penetration testers towards network defense and security assessment. Courses in this include: Intermediate Network Security Operating System Hardening, Advanced Network Security / Ethical Hacking, and Advanced Network Security / Penetration Testing.

In the 20-week Digital and Network Forensics track, students learn about the techniques used in data recovery for civil and corporate proceedings, along with those used in the corporate environment for investigations following network intrusions and breaches. The two courses in this track are Intermediate Network Security, and Computer and Network Forensics.

The 20-week Management of Information Security track provides the core knowledge necessary to manage an organization’s information security program, including an understanding of risk management and corporate information security governance. The two courses in this track are Management of Information Security, and Governance, Risk, and Compliance Management.

    2. Why do people need it?

The Cybersecurity program will allow you to develop the right skills to work with information security in a variety of fields. You will learn ethical hacking techniques, how to protect systems and networks against web threats, how to implement, monitor and upgrade computer anti-virus and malware protection systems, how to encrypt data transmissions and erect firewalls to conceal confidential information during transit and explore Cisco networking solutions that verify standards for the IT professional.

    3. Why is it a good opportunity?

In a world where almost all data can be found on the Internet and the threats are real, companies need to protect this critical information. A professional with this kind of expertise is becoming indispensable for companies and institutions.

With a degree in Coleman’s Cybersecurity program careers can be found as a Web Security Analyst, Systems Administrator, Information Security Administrator, and Information Security Analyst. As companies become increasingly reliant on technology to manage data, more workers will be needed with expertise in maintaining complex systems and making them safe for users.

Last, but not least, at Coleman University, all current students and graduates have lifetime job placement assistance through the Career Services department.

    4. How it works?

The Cybersecurity program at Coleman has an inverted curriculum that enables students to receive their career training early in their program. This allows them to attain the skills and knowledge they need to become qualified for an IT-related position in just some months. Classes are offered in the evening on the Coleman campus, and each class in your academic program will have a low number of students, so participation can be encouraged.

    5. What to expect?

At Coleman, our goal is that all students learn a number of processes and technologies, building the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed in a career in cybersecurity. Students will start with four introductory classes that will introduce them to cybersecurity.

The four introductory classes are:
NET 110 A+ Repairing and Maintaining PCs

This course is designed to give the student a solid theory basis for PC hardware. The course covers system types, system assembly, PC components, and diagnostic tools. Emphasis is placed on understanding the PC components, how they function, and troubleshooting skills. Additional topics include PC installation, configuration, upgrading, troubleshooting, diagnosing, safety, preventative maintenance, operating systems diagnostics, and operating system upgrades.

NET 250 Networking Concepts

This course covers the basic concepts of local area networks (LANs) and their technologies. This course uses a technical approach to LANs, including an overview of networking protocols, topographies, media, and networking devices using the Open System Interconnection (OSI) reference model. This course shows how data flows from the home, small office/home office (SOHO), and enterprise networks.

NET 210 Wireless Technologies

This course is a concept and theory class on today’s wireless technologies in use. Topics covered are wireless LANs, satellite communications, cellular technology, Bluetooth, global positioning systems, as well as general wireless digital technologies. Students go through the various aspects of each interface, including coding, hardware, and possible exploitable points.

COM 259 Linux Fundamentals

History, concepts, and facilities of the LINUX operating system will be discussed. The course introduces the user interface, common commands, and basic system administration of a LINUX operating system. Students learn how to write and execute LINUX shell scripts used for the controlled execution of a series of basic LINUX commands. The basics of script writing (creation, writing in the shell programming language, debugging, and execution) will be covered, along with an overview of built-in shell commands available to the user. Advanced topics include use of user/shell/environmental variables, script commands for decision-making, looping and flow control, and creation of shell aliases and functions.

Once these foundational classes have been successfully completed, students will be subjected to more specialized coursework, ranging from Advanced TCP/IP integration to Virtualization. Coleman University also requires students to take SEC 210 Ethics, Policies, and Procedures, since the cybersecurity industry is related to law enforcement.

As part of Coleman University’s program you will have:
• An in-depth understanding of operating systems, networks, virtualization software
• Proficiency with LINUX coding language
• Advanced network-to-network connectivity
• Deep understanding about cloud technologies

Now that you know how to get started in Coleman’s Cybersecurity program, learn more about us on our program page and apply now!


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Coleman University Students Build a Hybrid-electric Mini Moke

Side view of Mini MokeSmall, yellow and from the 60’s. A car like this may not seem to catch a lot of attention, but that is not the case with this specific Mini Moke. The car, a project worked on by students from Coleman University, is making an impression.

Electric and hybrid vehicles have been a rising trend for many years. EVs are sustainable, reliable and economical. And, in states like California, they are especially big; since the government incentivizes the purchase of electrical vehicles with discounts, tax breaks and rebates.

Staying in tune with this trend, students from Coleman University built a hybrid-electric, 4WD Mini Moke – the first four-wheel drive plug-in hybrid electric Moke ever made in California – with mentorship from members of the Electric and Networked Vehicle Institute (ENVI), located on Coleman University campus.

Mini Moke on displayThe hybrid-electric Mini Moke was displayed at Electric Vehicle Day on September 17 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. EV Day in San Diego is the premier event for energy conscious vehicle owners and EV enthusiasts. The event was part of the National Drive Electric Week celebration. And, the achievement is being praised not only by the proud participants, but also by the media. The San Diego Business Journal showcased the yellow hybrid-electric Mini Moke in an October 10 special report about sustainability.

“Students from Coleman University built a hybrid-electric, 4WD Mini Moke – the first four-wheel drive plug-in hybrid electric Moke ever made in California – with mentorship from members of the Electric and Networked Vehicle Institute (ENVI).”

The Mini Moke has a long history. At first, British Motors Corporation (BMC) released the original Mini Moke for military purposes, in the late 1950’s. The gasoline-powered off-road vehicle was designed to be light and small, so it could be dropped by parachutes at war zones. The car wasn’t well received by the British Army; its small wheels were not a good fit for its off-road goal. Afterwards, BMC tried to release it as a low-cost option of a small car for civilians, however it was also unsuccessful. Even though the Mini Moke had an unfortunate beginning, the car eventually achieved success, being now used on beach areas and resorts around the world. But the car stopped being produced in 1993.

The students started the Mini Moke project after a client, an Encinitas resident, provided them with it and asked them to build an electric vehicle that could drive 20 miles round trip. The client’s main purpose was to be able to take his daughter to school and back every day.

They accepted the challenge and worked with ENVI mentors to adapt the gasoline-powered vehicle to an electric system. They installed new batteries, an electric motor and other necessary electronics in order to make the car function properly. And they found a smart way to make everything fit, even with the small space they had available. The new batteries are located under the running boards and the electric motor is under the seats.
Mini Moke in the shop

Front dashboard of Mini Moke

“The students started the Mini Moke project after a client, an Encintas resident, asked them to build an electric vehicle that could drive 20 miles round trip.”

According to Dr. James Burns, ENVI founder and Executive Vice-President at TransPower, a market leader in adapting battery-electric technologies to Class-8 trucks and busses, this project is important because it shows the strength of the student/mentor dynamic and also, it has a sense of community. “This collaboration focuses on the Moke because it is a community-sponsored team approach to designing and building complex products. It promotes electric vehicle learning and interest in the community, it has a public demonstration as a goal, and it results in the first of its kind 4WD plug-in hybrid with between 15 and 25 miles of range in EV mode,” says Dr. Burns.

“This collaboration focuses on the Moke because it is a community-sponsored team approach to designing and building complex products. It promotes electric vehicle learning and interest in the community.” – Dr. James Burns, ENVI founder.

The uniqueness of the 4WD plug-in hybrid Mini Moke and its colorful bodywork helped to make the car a success. And it proves that even the most unexpected gasoline-powered vehicle can be adapted to an electrical system.

ENVI is a volunteer-led organization located on the Coleman University campus. It is a place where engineering, mathematics, computer science, and other technology focused areas students get together to do experiential complex projects and practice what they are learning. ENVI meetings take place on Saturday and some weeknights. But repowering vehicles is not the only project the ENVI students have. They are currently working with flying drones, autonomous underwater vehicles and ground vehicles development. Their projects go where their curiosity and imagination takes them. Making ENVI a place to learn and experiment.

“ENVI students are currently working with flying drones, autonomous underwater vehicles and ground vehicles development. Their projects go where their curiosity and imagination takes them.”

This hands-on approach translates to an impressive resume for the students. It is a practical way to show potential employees the work they have done and how they have mastered new trends while tackling innovative projects. This kind of experience can increase the chance of employment at big companies. At ENVI, teams are always working on new, short-term projects, usually 6-12 weeks in duration.

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Wesley Hartman, Graphic Design Student, Takes 2nd Place in Photography Contest

Wesley Hartman, a student in Coleman University’s graphic design program recently did 2 things he had never done before. He entered a photo in St. Mark’s 13th Annual Digital Art Show and Photo Competition and won the 2nd place prize, a certificate and check for $125. Encouraged by graphic design instructors Randall Cornish and Doug Mooney, Hartman spent considerable time scouting out locations, finally settling on the shoreline in La Jolla, California. Hartman captured the shot by manipulating the setting for a long exposure, resulting in a peaceful, dream-like photo that he titled “Tranquility.”

“I have always loved photography,” said Hartman. “As a self-taught photographer, Mr. Mooney, who teaches photography, helped me further develop my skills.” The winning photo and 2 additional photos from a series, is on display for sale at St. Marks United Methodist Church, 3502 Clairemont Drive, San Diego.

Hartman spent 6 years in the United States Marines Corps as an MOS 3052, Packaging Specialist. He was stationed at Camp Pendleton and in Okinawa, Japan. For 2 years, he was a member of the All-Marine Wrestling Team. After being honorably discharged, Hartman was initially undecided about college, but always had an interest in art and applied for Coleman’s graphic design program.

Upon graduating with an associate degrees in graphic design, Hartman intends to continue schooling.

“Proper education in the field is a must,” said Hartman. “Most designers in the field have a bachelor degree and I plan to use the G.I. Bill to finish my education.”

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Coleman University Partners with San Diego IGDA for Game Jam

Game Jam 3 August 2016

One of the many award-winning Game Jam teams

Who likes video gaming? We do! In August, students from Coleman University’s Game Programming Development and Design program, members of San Diego’s International Game Developers Association, and enthusiastic gamers from the San Diego area converged on campus for 3 days of game development and play.

Teams brought their own laptops, desktops and gaming accessories, or made use of Coleman’s Oculus Rift and HTC Vive headsets to design and develop unique games based on the theme “Group Think.” See the groups pitch their gaming idea presentations and watch interviews with participants here.

At the end of the event, gamers voted on each other’s games and awards were given to the following:

Grand Prize – Synch or Swim
Best Design – Holes of Glory
Best Art – Band Kids
Best Audio – Pizza Cat
Best Abstract – Get to Work
Judge’s Award – Twitch Plays Trivia

All games can be viewed and played at Thanks to the many participants and organizers with the San Diego IDGA for another successful Game Jam event!

Find out how our Game Programming Development and Design program prepares students by teaching character development, story-telling, 3D-image rendering, animation, and environmental modeling. Call us today at 858-499-0202 or request more information here.


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Coleman-ENVI-Mesa College Team Places 17th Overall in 2016 International RoboSub Event

2016 RoboSub Team: Dan Wolfson (ENVI Volunteer), Rod Weiss (Coleman Advisor), Nick Cantrell (Student, Mesa College), Rob Gubala (ENVI Volunteer), Bradly Risse (Student, Coleman), Mike Stephens (Student, Coleman), Choi Ng (Student, Coleman), and Mong Ng (Student, Coleman), Dr. James Burns (ENVI Volunteer).

2016 RoboSub Team: Dan Wolfson (ENVI Volunteer), Rod Weiss (Coleman Advisor), Nick Cantrell (Student, Mesa College), Rob Gubala (ENVI Volunteer), Bradly Risse (Student, Coleman), Mike Stephens (Student, Coleman), Choi Ng (Student, Coleman), and Mong Ng (Student, Coleman), Dr. James Burns (ENVI Volunteer).

Led by Dr. James Burns, co-founder of the Electric and Networked Vehicle Institute (ENVI) and founder of electric trucking start-up TransPower, Bradley Risse, Team President Coleman University and Nick Cantrell, Team Captain, San Diego Mesa College, the group went sub-to-sub against 46 formidable opponents from all over the globe in the 19th annual International RoboSub competition that was held July 25-31, 2016 at the SSC Pacific TRANSDEC in Point Loma, CA. This year marks the team’s first entry in the competition. The finals event can be viewed on the RoboSub website.

“We believe this student-run effort produced several firsts and best practices – intercollegiate teaming and cooperation within the San Diego unmanned community, novel use of gaming and VR technologies, and unique application of deep-learning techniques, thanks in part to a gift received by Coleman from IBM,” said Dr. Burns, ENVI. “With continuity and experience, this team will undoubtedly have a strong chance of a top 10 finish next year.”

The student-designed and built-from-scratch autonomous robotic submarines are required to complete a difficult series of visual- and acoustic-based tasks, which simulate the work required of robotic subs in many facets of underwater activity. In addition to a team introductory video, teams were required to submit a journal paper that outlined their design strategy, vehicle design and experimental results.

“Coleman is proud to support its students and the ENVI volunteers in their first RoboSub competition,” said Norbert J. Kubilus, President and CEO, Coleman University. “We look forward to the group’s future collaborations on developing unmanned vehicles that have practical applications.”

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Coleman RoboSub Team Featured In Union-Tribune

The Coleman University team certainly made waves at the 2016 International RoboSub Competition. Qualifying in their first year, the team had a strong finish but fell short of the finals. The event was covered by local media including the San Diego Union-Tribune: full story

Four teams from San Diego competed: Coleman University’s Electric and Networked Vehicle Institute; San Diego City College; San Diego State University’s Mechantronics Club; and San Diego Robotics 101 — made up of three seniors from local high schools.

Check back for our recap posted on the Coleman University Blog.

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3D Printing Club Gives Presentation at Accounting Day® Conference

Each year, San Diego accountants meet for a one-day conference that covers topics ranging from financial concerns to regulations to fraud. Not all topics are directly related to the field, however. With the growing popularity of 3D printers for business and personal use, accountants wanted to know more about them and their applications.

“At Coleman University, students in the 3D Printing Club work with the latest in 3D printers, software and materials,” said Rod Weiss, director of business development, Coleman, and moderator of the presentation. Doug Mooney, graphics and media instructor, 3D Printing Club, Coleman University, served as co-moderator. AirWolf3D, Inc. provided the printer for the presentation.

“3D Printing: Changing the World, Both Business and Personal,” was presented by Caleb Boulio, Ryan Jones, Michael Stephens, Bradly Risse, Chase Thurmond, Matthew Magee, and Edna Rodriquez. The students explained the largest value propositions of 3D printing, best practices for purchasing and maintaining printers, dos and don’ts for purchasing a printer, and how this technology is impacting a variety of industries, such as medical, real estate, manufacturing, and fashion.

Businesses that are interested in learning more about 3D printing are welcome to attend a meeting of Coleman’s 3D Printing Club. Call 858-499-0202 for more information.

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Gaming Students Present: After The Flash

The Game Programming Capstone- a culmination of skills learned through classes covering everything from  programming concepts &  logic, 3D modeling, level design, animation, and digital sculpting. Students in the capstone course form a team and collaborate in the production of a prototype video game development project. More

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The Cybersecurity Club Gets a New Identity!

The Cybersecurity Club at Coleman University will henceforth be known as… Team Antikythera! You may be thinking, “Team What?!” and to answer your question, Team Antikythera is named after the Antikythera Mechanism, the earliest known mechanical analog computer. In ancient Greece, it was used to predict astronomical positions and eclipses for calendrical and astrological purposes, as well as the Olympiads; the cycles of the ancient Olympic Games.

Over 2,000 years later, the mechanism was discovered in a shipwreck off the Greek island of Antikythera, and now resides at the National Archaeological Museum, Athens.



The ancient Greek-designed Antikythera mechanism, dating between 150 and 100 BC, via Wikimedia Commons


Like the mechanism, Team Antikythera is the first of its kind at Coleman University. Its purpose is to bring students together for the opportunity to gain real world, practical experience in configuring, defending and attacking computer networks.  As well as to facilitate open communication between participants of various backgrounds of experience.  This will help alleviate stress for new students while honing the skills of senior students and Alumni.  Participation in study groups for classes and IT Certifications, and Penetration Lab events will be a mainstay of the program.

After the name change, the next step for Team Antikythera to fully utilize its new identity was to create a logo. Instead of just a wordmark, an icon was preferred in order to incorporate some of the visual components of the Antikythera mechanism. The goal was to create an icon that could stand on its own, avoiding a direct illustration of the mechanism, while still displaying a clear connection to it. The most prominent pieces of the technical schematic were used, shown below, and the logo grew from that center element.


Schematic of the artifact's known mechanism (left) with elements used in design highlighted (right)

Schematic of the artifact’s known mechanism (left) with elements used in design highlighted (right)

Choices, choices, choices

Choices, choices, choices


After the two main circular & crossed shapes were isolated, smaller elements were brought in, and the mechanism was abstracted further. A lot of possibilities emerged, but Team Antikythera held the deciding vote in what was to be their new logo & icon. The team went with the one of the least abstracted logos, sticking close to the analog roots of their new chosen name.


Final logo for Team Antikythera

The final logo for Team Antikythera


For more information about Team Antikythera, please click here. If you are interested in forming your own student club at Coleman University, please speak with your Student Services Advisor.

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Webclass Workshop for Coleman Students

As a new or current student at Coleman you have by now come to realize that Webclass is one of the most important resources that you use. It is how you access your classes and submit your work to your instructor. Yet there’s more to it than that. Webclass is a valuable tool to learn how to use, but there’s a lot you don’t know. On April 26 at 12:00 PM, in room 244, Coleman will be hosting a workshop open to all students to come and learn about Weblcass. It is more than just paper submissions, you can access library resources, use an academic calendar to keep track of your due dates, research peer reviewed journals, and find writing resources for your classwork. If you’re interested please email Samantha Sanchez , the supervisor for the Tutoring Center. The names of the participants who sign up for, and attend, the workshop will be put into a raffle to win a gift certificate to Adrian’s Cafe at Coleman; there will be two prizes awarded!

(This will also be a good time to ask any questions that you may have about Webclass.)

See you there!

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