Colorado State University began accepting applications for tech boot camps Tuesday, preparing students to fill available coding and cybersecurity positions throughout the state.
Organizers said the Colorado State Tech Boot Camps, in partnership with Fullstack Academy, were formulated in direct response to the more than 30,000 tech jobs currently open in Colorado.
“The growing tech presence in Colorado is a significant contributor to our state’s job growth, which doubles the national average,” said Chris LaBelle with the CSU Extended Campus.
“These boot camps will equip students with the skills and credentials needed to succeed in Colorado’s flourishing job market.”
The 26-week boot camps are offered through CSU’s Extended Campus. Participants are not required to be enrolled at CSU or to have a tech background to join.
The boot camps are geared to train early-career and experienced professionals to qualify them for high-paying tech jobs of any IT level. In Colorado, entry-level salaries average at $70,000 for cybersecurity and $53,000 for coding, CSU said.
Colorado’s tech industry is expected to grow even more in the coming months as companies including Amazon, Netflix, Facebook and Apple expand their corporate presence in Denver.
“Colorado’s expansion as a technology hub for both major corporations and rapidly growing private companies has accelerated demand for qualified tech professionals,” said Fullstack Academy President Mogan Subramanian.
“We’re helping to grow and strengthen a qualified tech workforce.”
The cybersecurity boot camp will teach participants how to monitor and secure systems, networks and applications, as well as deploy offensive and defensive tactics to respond to cyber breaches.
The boot camps are set to run from July 2021 to January 2022. Participants must apply for the boot camps at bootcamp.colostate.edu by July 2 for coding and July 8 for cybersecurity.
Each boot camp costs $11,490 to join. Scholarships are available for military personnel and CSU alumni, students and employees.