Number of colleges participating: 14Lead: Rudy Rios, firstname.lastname@example.org, Rio Hondo College
Participating Colleges: Cerritos College ($58,300) , Citrus College ($57,300) , Compton College ($50,000) , East Los Angeles College ($60,000) , El Camino College ($57,000) , Glendale College ($60,000) , Los Angeles City College ($50,000) , Los Angeles Harbor College ($40,000) , Los Angeles Mission College ($62,500) , Pasadena College ($60,000) , Rio Hondo College ($234,900) , Coastline Community College ($500,000) , Santa Monica College ($120,000) , West Los Angeles College ($40,000)
Sectors: Information & Communication Technologies (ICT)/Digital Media
Brief Narrative: An Orange County/Los Angeles County Regional project to create a regional NetLab Hub. To date the consortium members to include: Rio Hondo College, LA Mission, Cerritos, Pasadena, El Camino, West LA, Citrus, East LA, Los Angeles City, LA Harbor and Santa Monica. This regional consortium of Community Colleges will give Southern California students round-the-clock access to CTE training and virtual labs. The virtual lab system will be used for courses that prepare students for jobs in IT and Cybersecurity. A regional sharing model enables participating colleges to offer courses that support training for Certifications from the industry's most recognized providers like Cisco, CompTIA, and VMware. The ability to offer a multitude of classes without each campus investing in expensive lab equipment is a major benefit. This combination of software and hardware will enable faculty and students, from any internet accessible location, to utilize a virtual lab environment designed to provide employer demanded "hands-on" experience with a variety of computer operating systems, networking equipment, and application software. The group will work with Coastline to duplicate/expand programs to include cybersecurity within the LA region.