Cal Poly to Host Girl Scouts in Cybersecurity and Internet Safety Course with the California Cyber Training Complex

SAN LUIS OBISPO – About 75 members of the Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast (GSCCC) are expected to participate in a cybersecurity program offered by the California Cyber Training Complex (CCTC) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4.

The program, titled “Being Secure in a Cyber World,” will be held at various locations on the Cal Poly campus. It will provide the girls with hands-on education on internet safety and inform them about protecting their identities online. Participants will earn a patch upon completion.

Girls will learn about the “cyber age” as it relates to smartphones, computers and the web, including internet safety and protecting private information. The event will introduce girls to cybersecurity careers and the skills they will need to navigate an increasingly tech-driven world.

“We are excited to bring ‘Being Secure in a Cyber World’ to Girl Scouts,” said Jody Skenderian, CEO of Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast and a Cal Polyalumna. “The programs being offered by the CCTC are important for girls as parents look for resources to help keep their daughters informed and safe online.

“Cal Poly and the CCTC value increasing the participation of girls and women into science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and furthering the training of our future cyber workforce,” said Bruce Burton, CCTC program manager. “This event allows us to help the local community make progress on both fronts.”

“Being Secure in a Cyber World” is designed for Girl Scouts of all ages and levels. The cost for girls is $5 and includes a patch. There is no cost for adults to attend, but they must register. For more information or to register,

Cybersecurity is part of today’s Girl Scout experience, providing girls throughout GSCCC’s six counties a variety of opportunities to have a foundation and inspiration to embrace science and technology while developing leadership skills.

About the California Cyber Training Complex (CCTC)
The CCTC is a robust, multi-agency effort to protect California through enhanced cybercrime forensics and statewide tactical response training. Our partners are theCalifornia National Guard and Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. The CCTC aims to educate the next generation cyber workforce and provide faculty and students with a new, hands-on research and learning environment. The CCTC serves as an extended Learn by Doing space for Cal Poly students, where they can explore new cyber technologies and train and test tactics alongside law enforcement professionals and cyber forensics experts. The program offers an environment for cyber defense innovation through advanced study and applied research on emerging issues and technical challenges, helping to shape California’s cyber standards and practices. For more information, visit

About Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast (GSCCC)
The GSCCC serves more than 16,000 members across six counties and is committed to making the Girl Scout leadership experience available to girls in ways that impact their lives both in the moment and into the future. Girls participate in troops, individual projects, council events, day camps and more. In a unique all-girl setting, girls get to choose activities such as earning badges, getting outdoors, going on trips, exploring science and the arts and doing community service projects. To join or volunteer in Santa Cruz, San Benito, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara or Ventura County, visit

Teana Fredeen, California Cyber Training Complex

Mina Lajevardi, GSCCC

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