BLACKSBURG, Va. (WSET) -- Fullstack Academy and Virginia Tech Continuing and Professional Education have launched online training courses in coding and cybersecurity job training.
The courses will help address the local tech industry's rapid job growth and increasing the skills gap.
Virginia currently has 165,000 jobs in technology open for new applicants.
The average Virginia entry-level technology salary is nearly 50 percent higher than the state's average salary for those with a bachelor's degree.
“In today’s environment, professional and continuous education is in greater demand than ever before, as individuals seek new career paths or opportunities, many of which require new skills and targeted workforce training,” Shelly Jobst, director of Virginia Tech Continuing and Professional Education, said. “The tech industry’s growth coupled with its increasing skills gap presents a prime opportunity for these boot camps to help meet the Commonwealth’s need for a deeper and more qualified workforce.”
Beginning in January, the part-time, 26-week courses specialize in teaching students how to monitor and secure systems, networks and applications, in addition to deploying offensive and defensive tactics needed to appropriately respond to cyber breaches.
"The beauty of these boot camps is that no tech experience or skill is required for registration," Nimit Maru, Fullstack Academy co-founder and co-CEO, said. "Our students and graduates come from a variety of professions and are now successful coders or cybersecurity analysts at companies of all sizes across the country. We anticipate the nation’s capital and surrounding markets will significantly benefit from these programs as defense agencies and other enterprises continue to invest in tech and cybersecurity talent.”
The Virginia Tech boot camps are accepting applications through January 8, 2021.
You can learn more by visiting their website or go here.