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The Best of Coleman’s Cybersecurity Program

If you are considering a career in cybersecurity, Coleman University has the perfect program for you. At Coleman University, we offer a Cybersecurity program that prepares you for the industry and the challenges of today. In this program, you will learn how to protect against web threats, create secure networks and even how to hack, so you can have a better understanding of how the hackers think and act.

Companies’ awareness of how crucial it is to protect their information and their clients’ are increasing every year. When data branches happen, it is easy to have important information exposed, such as social security numbers, credit card information, bank account information, etc. And, they want to avoid that at all costs. It is bad for their business and their image. That’s why cybersecurity is booming, and will be reaching even greater heights in the future, creating thousands of job positions and opportunities for professionals.

As government agencies and private companies make cybersecurity a priority, opportunities in the industry are increasing. At Coleman University, the Cybersecurity program coursework is focused on computer networking concepts, server interfaces, network security, and more. Coleman graduates enter the workforce with the right skills to help make the Internet a safer place.

If you want to learn more about what makes this program the best one for your future career, below is a list of five reasons why Coleman University is the best place for you to get your Cybersecurity degree:

1. You will have access to the most up-to-date information.

It is critical that cybersecurity professionals are up-to-date with all the technology, especially, today, with all the changes that are happening at such a fast pace. At Coleman University, we have the latest software and hardware packages, keeping students in tune with the latest trends and new developments.

At Coleman University, we offer a curriculum that covers everything students will need to enter the workforce well-prepared.

2. You will be given foundational knowledge about cybersecurity.

It is our goal that all students learn various processes and technologies that are necessary to succeed in a career in cybersecurity. Students will start with four preparatory classes that will introduce them to the core tenets of 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 the foundational classes are 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. This course will introduce students to the importance of developing an information security documentation program and how to develop and implement effective policies and procedures. The course focuses on technology writing, legal and ethical issues, fair use policies, information protection, policy development, standards, information classification, and security checklists.

The goal of the Cybersecurity program is to produce skilled graduates, able to integrate into a variety of positions in the cybersecurity industry.

3. You will learn multiple skills.

At Coleman University, students learn how to be prepared to work in an industry that is dynamic and has multiple facets. For that to happen, they must learn a variety of skills and cover different subjects and technologies, such as multiple operating systems and cloud technologies.

As part of Coleman University’s program you will have:

    • An in-depth understanding of operating systems, networks, virtualization software. Since cyber-attacks happen across different operating systems (OS, Windows, LINUX, etc.), you must possess a thorough knowledge of how these operating systems work. Though used to accomplish the same general tasks, operating system coding can be very dissimilar. As a result, a cybersecurity expert must know how each system works, including the weak, exploitable points that hackers may target.

    • Proficiency with LINUX coding language. Since in-house security software development is an important part of an organization’s security policy, one must possess the skills and knowledge to safeguard valuable information through effective coding. Oftentimes, data breaches are the result of small vulnerabilities overlooked by programmers who lack the understanding of data security measures. Though the average college computer science program may touch upon it briefly, many programmers lack the skills to properly address coding flaws that safeguard against attacks. That is where the Cybersecurity program from Coleman University comes into play.

    • Advanced network-to-network connectivity. Through classes like NET 260 Linux Network Administration and NET 225, Introduction to CISCO Networking, students are introduced to network security issues, including authentication, attacks, malicious code, remote access, web and email security, wireless networking, instant messaging, network devices, network security topologies, cryptography, and disaster recovery. These classes include both theory-based and hands-on training to develop a fundamental understanding of how computers communicate.

    • Cloud technologies. Through the use of virtualization, Coleman University utilizes a strategic technology that forms the basis for private and public cloud systems and reduces overall IT cost. Students will learn virtualization architecture, platforms, and technologies that will prepare them for a career in network management.

4. Career Growth.

The cybersecurity industry has many different career fields. And, since every company needs to protect their information and can employ a cybersecurity expert, the possibilities range from careers in law enforcement to Fortune 500 companies.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, information security jobs are expected to grow at a rate of 36% by 2024. And, as we become more and more dependable on technology to deal with all our data, the threats become greater and so does the necessity of an expert to make the web safer.

Coleman University provides all current students and graduates with lifetime job placement assistance through the Career Services department. Also, Career Services representatives are available to assist you, by reviewing and critiquing your resume, performing a mock interview, and other services that will help students and graduates find the right job for them.

5. Small classes and inverted curriculum.

At Coleman University, we offer small classes. This allows us to focus on hands-on education, in which students’ participation is highly encouraged. Also, our inverted curriculum enables students to receive their career training early in their program, making it possible for them to become a qualified IT-professional in a matter of months.

The cybersecurity industry will continue to grow as we rely more on technology to handle personal and confidential data. Considering this, even the smallest possibility for data branches are dangerous and scary, and here is where the cybersecurity expert becomes indispensable.

To build a successful career in cybersecurity it is crucial to have multiple skills and deep knowledge of trends and operating systems. At Coleman University, you can learn everything you need to become a cybersecurity expert and build a successful career in the industry.

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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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[UPDATED] Cisco Academy Begins at Coleman University on 10/17. Register Today and Earn Your CCNA!

Cisco Academy’s October Class is FULL!

Enroll today for Coleman University’s Cisco Academy, which begins on Monday, October 17, 2016. Upon successful coursework completion, students can sit for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching Certification exam. The CCNA exam is offered at Coleman University’s testing center and can be taken at any time, at the discretion of the student.

All our courses are Cisco approved and provide hands-on training. Individuals who earn this certification can pursue a position requiring knowledge and configuring of Cisco routers and switches. The CCNA credential is one of the highest networking certifications in the field.

This 40-week program includes the following 4 courses: Introduction to Networks, Routers and Routing Basics, Switching Basics and Intermediate Routing, and WAN Technologies. All courses are held on the Coleman University campus and taught by experienced faculty. No prior knowledge of Cisco routers and switches is required.

Why should you get certified? Cisco lists 10 reasons for getting a CCNA:

  1. You’ll be certified by the networking leader
  2. Certification is the foundation that networking careers are built upon
  3. Certification gives you more career options
  4. Certification prepares you for network evolution in the digital era
  5. Certification keeps you current on the latest technology changes
  6. Certification helps you stand out with your employer
  7. Certification helps you learn from your peers
  8. Certification gives you a full range of training options
  9. Certification helps increase your paycheck
  10. And, don’t forget: there is value in recertification

Coleman University students and members of the Coleman Alumni Professional Society (CAPS) are eligible for discounted voucher rates. Ready to get started? Contact Coleman University for additional details or to register at 858-499-0202 or e-mail us at

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Coleman Hosts Job Fair & Open House on Sept. 20

Coleman University will host a job fair and an open house on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. The job fair will be held from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. and the open house will be held from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. on our campus at 8888 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, CA 92123. The public is invited to attend.

Technology Focused Companies Seek Qualified Applicants from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m
Meet with the area’s top tech firms and network with your peers at the job fair. Attendees are encouraged to wear business attire and bring plenty of résumés. The following companies are registered to attend: Abacus Data Systems, AIS™ Data Centers, AVSD (Audio Video San Diego), California Coast Credit Union, CCS Global Tech, CGI Federal, Cobham Microelectronic Solutions, Computers 2 SD Kids, Financial Coach 4 U, FortuneBuilders, H&R Block®, Infinite Corporation, Manpower®, PM Talent Global, Randstad Technologies, Robert Half®, ScaleMatrix, SoftHQ, TriTech Software Systems, and the US Army®. Refreshments will be served.

Meet Instructors and Staff at the Open House from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Learn more about the technology-focused undergraduate and graduate degrees available at Coleman University. Program directors from the colleges of cybersecurity, software development, graphic design, game programming design and development, and graduate studies will be available to answer any questions about the programs and courses. Meet with members of the admission and financial aid staffs and find out more about Coleman’s extracurricular student clubs, from Team Antikythera (the cybersecurity club) to ENVI (, the Electric and Networked Vehicle Institute based on the Coleman campus. The ENVI-Coleman-San Diego Mesa College’s student-designed-and-built autonomous robotic submarine used in this year’s RoboSub competition, will be on display.

Classes start on Monday, October 17. For more information about the job fair or open house, contact us at 858-499-0202.

Showcase Your Company at the Job Fair
Space is still available to register your business at the job fair. There is no registration fee. Companies will be provided with tables and chairs. For more information, contact Robert Sweigart, Director of Career Services at 858-499-0202 or send email to






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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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Register Today for Professional Development Courses in Cybersecurity

Coleman University offers a certificate program for cybersecurity professionals wanting to brush up on their skills in one or more of our three tracks: Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing, Digital and Network Forensics, and Management of Information Security. Courses begin on Monday, October 17, 2016 at Coleman University. Students who successfully complete each track will receive a certificate of completion. All courses are taught in the evening on the Coleman campus.

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.

Call 858-499-0202 to find out how you can get started today.

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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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CW6 Comic-Con Art Contest

Scott Norton, Graphic Design Program Director at Coleman University, was live on CW6 News in the Morning today just steps away from Comic-Con. Scott was joined by Michelle Currier, winner of the CW6 Comic-Con Art Contest. Coleman University had the unique privilege to sponsor this great contest and we congratulate Michelle on her winning entry.

Coleman University’s Associate of Science Graphic Design (ASGD) degree immerses students in the fundamentals of Graphic Design and applied visual communication. Graduates of this degree program will possess key skills that individual students may leverage into a wide variety of career paths in print and web media, advertising, content development, entertainment and art. This program emphasizes the commercial application of design and is designed specifically to accelerate the professional success of the designers who graduate.

For more information visit our Graphic Design Program page.


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San Diego Game Jam At Coleman University

The next San Diego Game Jam starts Friday, August 5th, at 7pm, hosted by Coleman University.  More

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