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Cyber security bootcamp offers new job opportunity to Central Coast residents

Need a job? A new partnership with Cal Poly Extended Education could find you one in the online world
Posted at 10:22 AM, Apr 28, 2020

During this pandemic, you could be looking for a career change.

Cal Poly Extended Education wants to help with an introduction to the cyber security field with a new partnership offering up skills in a desperately needed job sector.

"This is what Cal Poly's Extended Education is all about," Dr. Brian Tietje, vice provost of International, Graduate and Extended Education, said.

This summer, an upcoming six month online bootcamp will help professionals and even those maybe looking for a career in the software and cyber security field.

"It's extremely hands on," said Nimit Maru, co-founder and CEO of Fullstack Academy. "From day one, you'll be very engaged in protecting companies and government cyber security."

The class is powered by Fullstack and is remote learning built for people who already have limited time.

Classes are two sessions during the week and one on weekends.

"It's meant to be for beginners so you don't have to be a hacker already to come learn and how to become productive on day one," Maru said.

"This is a non-degree opportunity for working professionals to upskill or reskill to pursue the opportunities that are so prevalent in cyber security," Tietje said.

It is the type of career in high demand with more than 72,000 jobs available throughout the Golden State, according to job tracker CyberSeek.

"So at a time where we are looking at great economic and employment insecurity, here in cyber security, you have a great deal of unmet need," Tietje said.

Students of Fullstack report a 79 percent job placement after completion with an average salary increase of 49 precent.

"We found that Fullstack has been great partner in that regard," Tietje said. "They work hard to make sure students have a great experience during the program and they do a lot of work to make sure they connect students with employers afterwards."

Students who complete the course receive a certificate from both Fullstack and Cal Poly Extended Education and get a chance to enter a career allowing you to be a solution to security problems facing companies across the globe.

"Companies are especially vulnerable," Maru said. "I think joining this field is for somebody that is really attractive for them to be part of the solution and be one of the protectors of our cyberspace."

Registration ends early July and classes begin later that month. You can learn more by clicking here.