Two educational “bootcamps” are forming at the University of Oklahoma for people interested in careers in cybersecurity and coding.
The 26-week part-time programs will be presented in a live online format and are aimed at students with any level of information technology or computer skills.
Belinda Biscoe, senior associate vice president of academic outreach at OU, said bootcamps will teach essential cybersecurity and programming skills people looking for high-demand tech jobs. She estimates that there are 4,000 cybersecurity or coding jobs available in Oklahoma.
OU partners with Fullstack Academy, a New York-based coding bootcamp to offer both programs:
the Cyber Bootcamp will teach students how to monitor and secure systemsnetworks and applications, as well as deploying offensive and defensive tactics necessary to respond appropriately to cyber breaches, the school said.
“Believe it or not, two of the biggest issues that businesses and industry bring to our attention are cybersecurity issues with their businesses, and the need for coders and programmers,” Biscoe said.
Bootcamps target people who are looking for new careers or those who want to supplement their previous studies. Students are not required to be enrolled in OU or have prior technical experience. Those who apply take a 45-minute soft skills assessment prior to screening.
Classes take place online between May and October. Students must apply for the cybersecurity bootcamp by April 22 and the coding bootcamp by April 29. Scholarships are available to OU alumni, current students and employees, and military personnel. Classes typically include 30 to 40 students. Upon completion, graduates receive a printed certificate from Fullstack Academy and OU Outreach.
“From energy and biosciences to aviation and aerospace, there is a growing need for skilled cybersecurity and coding professionals to protect the flow of information and keep pace with the digital transformation of many organizations. across Oklahoma,” said Nimit Maru, co-founder and co-CEO of Fullstack Academy. “Through the bootcamps offered with our esteemed partners at the University of Oklahoma, we will provide a valuable resource to individuals entering these industries, helping them hone their skills to fill these available technical positions.”