Addressing the more than 72,000 unfilled cybersecurity positions available in California, Fullstack Academy announced that it has launched a live, online cybersecurity training program with California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), San Luis Obispo.
Targeting early career and experienced professionals, the Cal Poly Extended Education Cyber Bootcamp develops beginners into cybersecurity professionals, teaching skills that qualify its students for high-paying, in-demand tech jobs in California and beyond.
Scheduled to begin July 20, the part-time, 26-week boot camp is available to candidates throughout California, which currently outpaces all states in cybersecurity job demand. According to CyberSeek, California’s demand easily surpasses second-ranked Virginia and third-place Texas, with 49,000 and 43,000 openings, respectively.
“Given the dramatic recent change in the economy, both nationally and in California and the West, it’s imperative that new, online options become available when the need is greatest for job-seekers and businesses,” said Nimit Maru, Fullstack Academy co-founder and co-CEO. “Cal Poly has been a great partner for us, and we believe this program will follow the success of our inaugural coding boot camp with the university offering innovative solutions at such a critical time.”
Launched in early 2019, Fullstack Academy and Cal Poly’s initial coding boot camp has helped students secure jobs at companies such as LinkedIn, GoDaddy, Shopify, Pinterest, and Nordstrom. The new cyber Bootcamp will teach students how to monitor and secure systems, networks, and applications, as well as how to deploy offensive and defensive tactics needed to appropriately respond to cyber breaches.
Bootcamp graduates will qualify for cybersecurity jobs, which in California command an average entry-level salary of $67,000, compared with $35,000 for other industries, according to PayScale and ZipRecruiter.
“We are constantly looking to expand our curricula to prepare students for careers that are both compelling and rewarding,” said Brian Tietje, vice provost of International, Graduate and Extended Education at Cal Poly. “Cybersecurity is a profession that has been in our sights. With Fullstack Academy, we have a highly respected partner that can bring the structure and content to individuals looking for a career path that offers abundant job opportunities and faster placement rates.”