As New Mexico continues to experience growth in the tech sector, Fullstack Academy and University of New Mexico Continuing Education (UNM CE) are now offering registration for three skills training bootcamps in cybersecurity, DevOps, and data analytics.
The UNM Continuing Education Tech Bootcamps, designed for early career and experienced professionals with little-to-no tech backgrounds, will prepare students to enter New Mexico’s growing tech market. The live, online programs will qualify individuals to secure well-paying, in-demand tech jobs across the state.
“As part of our mission to provide services that enhance New Mexican’s quality of life and promote economic development, we look forward to expanding tech education opportunities to further transform lives and help stimulate the state’s tech sector,” said Audrey Arnold, executive director of UNM Continuing Education. “The bootcamps will not only teach the skills that employers are seeking, but they will also provide students with dedicated career support pre-and post-graduation to help foster continued success.”
New Mexico is ranked one of the top five states in the U.S. with the highest percentage of tech employment growth, according to the Cyberstates 2021 report by CompTIA, the leading nonprofit association for the global IT industry. The association also reported New Mexico’s tech sector accounts for about 10.4 percent of the state’s total economy and projects tech-related employment will continue to grow by 7.2 percent in the state by 2026.
“Albuquerque sits at the center of the New Mexico Technology Corridor, which contains an array of high-tech private companies and government institutions. This area is rich in research and innovation, and boasts numerous tech opportunities,” said Jerrad Tausz, president of Fullstack Academy. “These bootcamps will bring effective tech training to Albuquerque and produce qualified applicants for available tech positions at companies including Facebook, Intel, Mozilla, Dell, and various tech startups across the state.”
More than 5,000 entry-level data analytics, DevOps, and cybersecurity jobs are currently listed in New Mexico, according to LinkedIn. Burning Glass reports that an entry-level cybersecurity analyst in New Mexico earns roughly $74,400 and a data analyst receives $42,200. An entry-level DevOps engineer in the area earns an average of $79,730 per year, according to Ziprecruiter. The estimated median tech wage in New Mexico is $83,970, which is 106 percent higher than the median state wage, according to the Cybertates 2021 report.
Students interested in pursuing a career in tech through the UNM Continuing Education Tech Bootcamps can select from three available programs:
- UNM CE Cyber Bootcamp, which will instruct students on how to monitor and secure systems, networks, and applications, as well as deploy offensive and defensive tactics needed to appropriately respond to cyber breaches. Individuals must apply by March 8, 2022 for the part-time (26 weeks) cohort and May 2, 2022 for the full-time (12 weeks) cohort.
- UNM CE DevOps Bootcamp, which will equip students with the skills employers are seeking in automation, infrastructure, and Python. The curriculum was designed in partnership with AWS Academy. Individuals must apply by April 5, 2022 for the part-time cohort.
- UNM CE Data Analytics Bootcamp, which will train students on SQL, Python, and data visualization skills needed to earn the most in-demand certifications that companies seek when hiring talent for these positions. Individuals must apply by June 27, 2022 for the part-time cohort.
The UNM Continuing Education Tech Bootcamps do not require university enrollment and will commence in the spring and summer of 2022. In addition to optional financing programs, Fullstack Academy is helping to expand access to the boot camps by offering scholarships to UNM alumni, students, employees, and active military or veterans. Additionally, a $1,500 Founders Scholarship will be available for all students who enroll in these inaugural cohorts.
For more information and to register, visit https://bootcamp.unm.edu/.