August 2004


Two Local Business Leaders Join Mt. SAC Foundation Board

WALNUT, Calif.—The Mt. San Antonio College Foundation has announced the election of local businessmen Terry Blackwood and John E. Fitzgerald, Jr. as new members of its Board of Directors.

The Foundation is a nonprofit community volunteer organization that provides scholarships and raises supplemental funds for Mt. SAC.

“We feel privileged to have two additional outstanding members from the business sector to help Mt. SAC fulfill its mission of providing educational excellence,” said Foundation President Gary Ingham. “We thank them for their commitment to the future of our students.”

Blackwood is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the City of Hope in Duarte, having served as CFO at the renowned cancer treatment and research center since 1997. Prior to City of Hope, he was an independent consultant for Price Waterhouse.

A CPA, Blackwood is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants with an accounting degree from the University of Alabama and a business degree from Walker College. Active in the community, the Arcadia resident is a member of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses and a board member of the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership.

Fitzgerald is Plant Manager for Tropicana Products in the City of Industry. A business administration and management graduate of the University of Phoenix, he is a member of the California Logistics Management Council and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. In the community, Fitzgerald serves on the board of the Industry Sheriffs Youth Activities League and the Tropicana’s Employee Community Help Organization for more than 25 years.

Blackwood and Fitzgerald join the Foundation’s 30-member volunteer board, which raised and donated nearly $150,000 last academic year for Mt. SAC. These efforts funded scholarships and enabled campus musical groups and athletic and speech teams to compete in state, national and international competitions. Currently the Foundation is raising funds to refurbish the College’s aging Planetarium.

Mt. SAC SBDC to Offer Workshop on Network Security

WALNUT, Calif.—The Mt. San Antonio College Small Business Development Center is offering Network Security, a new workshop to demonstrate how to guard against computer hackers and illegal system intrusions on Saturday, Aug. 28, 9 a.m. to noon.

The half-day workshop will offer practical tips on how to secure networked computers, how to stop others from spying on you, how to download patches, and how much should be spent on security. The workshop will be held on the Mt. SAC campus, building 17, room 13.

The fee for the workshop is $59.

For enrollment and workshop information, call (800) 450-7232.


Mt. SAC Launches Program to Combat Mounting 'Cybercrime'

WALNUT, Calif.—As part of a national effort to stem the tide of “cybercrime,” Mt. San Antonio College is offering this semester a new certificate program that will train information security professionals how to guard their businesses against illegal network system intrusions.

As the state’s first college certificate program of its kind, Mt. SAC’s Regional Information Systems Security Center is part of a three-year, $900,000 federal grant project that responds to the need for more effective information security management at businesses and agencies. Mt. SAC is partnering with Cal Poly Pomona on this and related security programs.

“Information is the greatest asset of any business or agency in today’s marketplace, and right now security systems are not quite keeping up with the hackers,” said John Blyzka, Mt. SAC computer information systems professor and director of the federally funded project. “That’s why our goal is to train and certify professionals with the skills to secure data more effectively and prevent theft of intellectual property.”

Blyzka cited a 2004 Computer Crime and Security Survey of nearly 500 computer security practitioners in U.S. corporations, government and financial, medical and education institutions, which confirmed a continuing trend of security breaches and serious financial losses as a result of cybercrime. The respondents reported associated losses totaling nearly $142 million last year.

Attacks on business information systems and internal and external networks have mounted as companies increase their Internet presence with e-commerce, web applications and private networks.

In response, Mt. SAC’s new certificate program will offer three new classes dealing with security firewalls, network intrusion detection, and network vulnerabilities and countermeasures. Everything from computer viruses to hacking, to credit card fraud will be addressed.

IT professionals who want to enroll in the program should contact Blyzka at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4942. Fall semester classes start Aug. 16.

Funded through a National Science Foundation grant in July 2003, the project has been under way for almost a year as Mt. SAC and Cal Poly Pomona faculty partnered on developing curriculum and labs for programs that eventually will offer associate, bachelor, and master degrees in information security.

Starting last fall, the Mt. SAC program began infusing existing information systems classes with elements of information security such as personal web server security, user and group security, and auditing and monitoring. More than 700 students enrolled in the modified courses last year, said Blyzka.

By spring 2005, Mt. SAC’s program will open two new labs, and the associate degree should be approved and implemented. Blyzka said he hopes the project will be expanded eventually by building up security programs at other community colleges.

The collaborative grant project also addresses a goal set by legislation through the Cyber Security Research and Development Act, HR 3394. Through the legislation, the federal government plans to educate, train and place 10,000 information systems security professionals by 2010.

Mt. SAC to Offer Saturday Citizenship Classes

WALNUT, Calif.—Mt. San Antonio College will offer a series of free citizenship courses this semester beginning Aug. 21.

Redesigned to help people with limited English skills prepare for the citizenship interview, the class will be held on four consecutive Saturdays and provide 20 hours of intensive instruction and practice. A new class will begin every four weeks throughout Mt. SAC’s fall semester.

Interested persons should register in person through Mt. SAC’s English as a Second Language Department in the Learning Technology Center, Building 6.

For more information, call (909) 594-5611, ext. 5235.

Mt. SAC to Offer 7-Week Bookkeeping Course

WALNUT, Calif.—Mt. San Antonio College’s Community and Noncredit Education Division will offer a unique hands-on course in bookkeeping that allows students to earn a certificate in seven weeks. Classes will be held on Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., beginning Sept. 11.

The Certificate in Bookkeeping program provides a core curriculum in the accounting/bookkeeping field, covering business structures, rules of debit and credit, cash vs. accrual accounting, processing payroll, handling W2 and 1099 forms, and much more. Students will receive hands-on training with journals, general ledgers, accounts payable, business taxes, and all aspects of bookkeeping.

The fee for the course is $596, plus a $65 materials fee payable at the first class meeting.

To register and for more information, call the Mt. SAC Community and Noncredit Education Division office at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4220.