A free cybersecurity training ending with an opportunity to earn more money may sound as legit as a Craigslist post, but not everything has to be too good to be true. This summer, with support from the City of Henderson and the City of Las Vegas, a hands-on cybersecurity instruction for 15 individuals who could benefit from a better job is being offered. Southern Nevada residents who are currently unemployed, working in low-paying positions or needing more job security with a deeper résumé are ideal candidates.
The program is funded through a STEM Workforce Challenge Grant by the Governor’s Office of Science, Innovation and Technology, and Transmosis, an organization founded by Silicon Valley entrepreneurs that creates workforce-training programs focused on tech skills. Chase Norlin, CEO of Transmosis who now splits his time between Las Vegas and Scottsdale, Arizona, says he was inspired to start the company by his own experience training nontraditional tech employees. “Long story short, they kicked ass, and we changed their lives,” he says.
Following an IT support boot camp last fall, 11 of the 13 students were hired for jobs within a month of completing training—jobs that, on average, paid 50 percent more than their prior gigs. Twenty-year-old Zen Mori was working at Jamba Juice and Chipotle when his mom saw an online ad for the training and told him to apply. “I learned a lot of skills from the class that enabled me to get the job I have currently,” says Mori, who is now a support technician at Full Spectrum Laser.
This August’s boot camp is a fully subsidized four-week, full-time program resulting in an industry certification in cybersecurity, currently one of the hardest positions for corporations to fill, according to Norlin. You don’t need to be a hacking whiz to be accepted into the free training, though some understanding of tech is helpful. “Even if you’re an online home-protection enthusiast, that’s great,” Norlin says. “It’s about having transferable skills as well as an interest and a passion in the field.”
Apply for the August cybersecurity training boot camp by July 20 at transmosis.com/cyberstudents.