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Freshman uses summer to get a step ahead in future tech security career


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Dane Shillingburg, A Freshman At Higley High In Gilbert, Spent Part Of The Summer Studying Cyber Security At UCLA. Photo Courtesy Higley Unified School District

Eyeing a future career path in technology, Higley High freshman Dane Shillingburg sought a summer opportunity in computer coding that led him to UCLA.

Shillingburg spent part of his vacation learning “different coding and programming languages. It was the fundamentals of it, but we were learning the programming for defending against hackers,” he said of his time at the iD Coding & Engineering Academy at UCLA.

Besides the computer skills, Shillingburg said there was an additional bonus.

“You got to stay at the university and use all the facilities,” he said.

Shillingburg is eyeing a tech career in the future.

“I want to use the information in my later life and build on it. I want to do something more advanced with it in the future like security and ID technology,” he said.

The University of California – Los Angeles’ iD Tech program, “Cyber security: encryptions & cryptography,” fit the bill perfectly.