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Fullstack Academy, LSU Team for Cybersecurity, Coding Bootcamps

April 6, 2020

Responding to a spike in demand for cybersecurity and coding professionals in Louisiana and surrounding regions, Fullstack Academy announced today that it has launched its "live online" bootcamps with Louisiana State University's (LSU) Online & Continuing Education department.

Designed for early career or experienced professionals, the new part-time, "live online" 26-week bootcamps will be the first of their kind in Baton Rouge, teaching skills to students seeking high-paying, in-demand tech jobs in Louisiana and beyond. It also provides an alternative to a more traditional, multi-year education curriculum.

LSU Cyber Bootcamp

The bootcamp will teach students how to monitor and secure systems, networks, and applications, as well as deploy offensive and defensive tactics needed to appropriately respond to cyber breaches.

Currently, more than 1,700 cybersecurity positions are available in the Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas, according to cyberseek.org. This is projected to increase by 9% over the next three years.

Graduates will qualify for cybersecurity jobs, where the average entry-level salary for a cybersecurity analyst is $76,674 in Louisiana, a 153% increase over the average Baton Rouge entry-level salary of $30,284, according to ZipRecruiter.

LSU Coding Bootcamp

The bootcamp will teach fullstack JavaScript, giving students a foundation in both front- and back-end web development and the crucial programming skills needed for in-demand coding jobs.

Currently, more than 2,344 web developer jobs are available in the Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas, according to Glassdoor. This is projected to increase by 18% over the next three years in industries such as government, energy, tourism, education, finance, and insurance, according to labor market analytics firm EMSI.

Graduates will qualify for coding jobs, where the average entry-level salary in Baton Rouge for a software developer is $57,000, an 88% increase over the average Baton Rouge entry-level salary of $30,284, according to ZipRecruiter.

Fullstack Academy has successfully implemented these programs at its own campuses in New York City and Chicago as well as with institutions such as California Polytechnic State University, the University of North Florida, and the University of San Diego. Among Fullstack graduates, 79% surveyed say they've been employed in a job requiring the skills learned at bootcamp, with an average salary increase of 49%.

"As we are seeing in several U.S. markets, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and surrounding metropolises, such as Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth, offer an abundance of opportunities for individuals with an interest in pursuing careers in cybersecurity and coding," said Nimit Maru, Fullstack Academy co-founder and co-CEO. "This provides us with a great opportunity to join forces with LSU, one of the nation's premiere learning institutions, to help meet job demand with qualified professionals, especially in the current economy with more people relying on technology to work remotely."

Both the cyber and coding bootcamps run from July 2020 to January 2021. Students must apply by June 29 for the cyber bootcamp and by July 6 for the coding bootcamp. Scholarships are offered for LSU alumni, current students, and employees, as well as military personnel.

"The new Fullstack Academy online bootcamps align with the university's focus on providing a curriculum that responds to emerging industries with significant demand for qualified individuals," said Sasha Thackaberry, Vice President, Online & Continuing Education at LSU. "Given Fullstack's extensive experience in the cybersecurity and coding fields, they were an ideal partner for this unique opportunity. We look forward to seeing how these programs help move the region forward."

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