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GO-Biz Announces the 16 High School Teams Competing in the Statewide California Cyber Innovation Challenge on June 24-25

Since GO-Biz announced the statewide competition in March, teams of high school students from across California have competed in regional cybersecurity challenges in order to qualify for the statewide competition.

Sacramento, Calif. – In the lead up to the 2017 California Cyber Innovation Challenge, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) today announced the 16 teams of high school students that qualified to compete in the statewide challenge scheduled for June 24 and 25 at the California Cyber Training Complex in San Luis Obispo, CA.  The California Cyber Innovation Challenge will expand access to technology career pathways and allow businesses to proactively support education and training for future cybersecurity leaders.
“These 16 teams of high school students represent multiple communities across the state and demonstrate that the future of cybersecurity is as diverse and dynamic as California,” said Panorea Avdis, Director of GO-Biz. “GO-Biz is proud to host the event along with our partners at Cal Poly and provide these high school students the opportunity to showcase their skills.” 
Since GO-Biz announced the statewide competition in March, teams of high school students from across California have competed in regional cybersecurity challenges in order to qualify for the statewide competition. These regional events were designed to replicate the many different threats that cybersecurity professionals face, from attacks on critical infrastructure to attempted breaches of consumer data on connected devices. Qualifying teams either won designated regional cybersecurity competitions or submitted applications to participate. In some cases two teams from the same high school qualified for the statewide event. 
Central Coast 
Coast Union High School (Cambria)
San Luis Obispo High School (San Luis Obispo) 

Central Valley
Phillip J Patino School of Entrepreneurship (Fresno) 

East Bay
Oakland Military Institute (Oakland) 
Amador Valley (Pleasanton)
Granada High School (Livermore)

Inland Empire 
Moreno Valley Unified School District (Moreno Valley)

Los Angeles 
North Hollywood High School Team 1 (North Hollywood)
North Hollywood High School Team 2 (North Hollywood)

Orange County
Troy High School Team 1 (Fullerton) 
Troy High School Team 2 (Fullerton)

Monterey Trail High School (Elk Grove)
Jesuit High School (Carmichael) 

San Diego
Del Norte High School Team 1 (San Diego)
Del Norte High School Team 2 (San Diego) 
Westview High School (San Diego) 
“Hosting the 2017 Cyber Innovation Challenge at the Cal Poly California Cyber Training Complex (CCTC) allows these students to test their skills at a world class training facility for Californians by Californians,” said CCTC Program Manager Dr. Bruce Burton. “Cal Poly is honored to host this event and provide hands-on learning opportunities and connections to our students and faculty for the next generation of cyber defenders.” 
GO-Biz is leading the California Cyber Innovation Challenge with the CyberCalifornia coalition, a collection of businesses, state agencies, and educational partners dedicated to reinforcing California’s leadership position in cybersecurity. The California Workforce Development Board provided the seed funding for this event and for last year’s successful demonstration event, held at Sacramento City College. Other coalition leaders include the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, the Department of Technology, the California Military Department, the Los Angeles Unified School District and California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo.
To attend the free California Cyber Innovation Challenge, please Register.
About the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) 
GO-Biz serves as California’s single point of contact for economic development and job creation efforts. GO-Biz offers a range of services to business owners including: attraction, retention and expansion services, site selection, permit streamlining, clearing of regulatory hurdles, small business assistance, international trade development, assistance with state government, and much more.
About Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, four-year, comprehensive public university located in San Luis Obispo, halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles on California's Central Coast. It’s a distinctive learning community offering academically focused students a hands-on educational experience that prepares them for today’s scientific and technical world. Cal Poly is consistently ranked a top university for academics, value and graduates' salaries.
About CyberCalifornia
CyberCalifornia is a cybersecurity initiative focused on educating California businesses about cybersecurity needs and resources, and connecting California’s robust workforce development system with the needs of California employers. CyberCalifornia is organized in conjunction with the Innovation Hub (iHub) Network, a program administered by the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz).

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