(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Texas State Technical College will offer a fast-paced Workforce Training boot camp in Cybersecurity. The first cohort will begin in February, and the curriculum will feature eight industry-grade foundational courses that will equip students with the knowledge they need to get their foot into the world of cybersecurity.

TSTC interim director of special projects Kori Bowen said that these rapid courses will help students gain the knowledge they need and also help them find job opportunities when they complete the training.

“These boot camps are beneficial to students in that they can help both train and place students in an in-demand field,” she said. “No prior experience is needed, and a career coach will work with them to find and prep for interview opportunities after completion of the course.”

Admission to the boot camp will be on a rolling basis, and students will have access to resources that are relevant to their training through the program, including weekly mentorship with a cohort leader and weekly study groups. The cybersecurity boot camp will be taught completely online, and students can graduate in 20 weeks or less.

TSTC is currently working with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act to help fund the boot camp for the areas of Fort Bend County, Harlingen, Marshall, North Texas and Williamson County.

“While fund availability varies across the state, this funding focuses on regional target occupations and can potentially help a student with a ballpark of 50 percent off of the sticker cost of the boot camp,” Bowen said.

With an estimated 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs expected in the United States by 2021, according to Cybersecurity Ventures, Texas State Technical College has scheduled two different fast-paced boot camps to fill those positions.

To learn more about the TSTC Workforce Training boot camp in Cybersecurity, visit https://tstc.edu/workforce/bootcamps.


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