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LaGuardia Selected as Training Prep Site for Cyber Bootcamp in City’s Bold New Cybersecurity Initiative

October 2, 2018


LaGuardia Community College (“LaGuardia”) is joining Cyber NYC, an initiative led by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) to make the City a center for combatting cyber threats.


In a press announcement issued today, NYCEDC describes Cyber NYC as a plan to “transform New York City into a global leader of cybersecurity innovation and talent to combat one of the world’s greatest threats.”


Cyber NYC is expected to help spawn 10,000 good-paying jobs in the coming decade, providing an inlet to many New Yorkers from non-traditional backgrounds, particularly those from low-income families or who are otherwise disadvantaged.


LaGuardia is the only community college specifically named as a program partner in Cyber NYC; additional higher education partners include Columbia University, NYU, Cornell Tech, and the CUNY system (of which LaGuardia is a part). LaGuardia has one of the largest tech training programs in the New York metropolitan region.


“Cyber NYC is an important investment by the City of New York as it provides a route into the well-paying, in-demand field of cybersecurity for all New Yorkers​—enabling them to make better lives for themselves and their families,” said LaGuardia Community College President Gail O. Mellow. “With our experience training the next generation of tech professionals—more than 3,500 New Yorkers come through our technology programs each year—our bridge programs prepare students for high-intensity careers in the ever-changing world of work. As every industry continues to plan for a defense against cyber-attack, I am proud that students trained at LaGuardia will play a role in safeguarding data, privacy, and digital assets in New York City, and beyond.”


Having been selected to help facilitate the Cyber Bootcamp, LaGuardia will collaborate with software development school Fullstack Academy, which will lead an intensive boot camp in industry-specific cybersecurity competencies.


Adults with minimal familiarity with cybersecurity will be placed in a six-week preparatory course at LaGuardia, where participants will learn the basics of industry software and terminology, before continuing onto the Fullstack boot camp.


The Cyber Bootcamp will place over 1,000 students in jobs that have an average starting salary of $65,000 over the first three years of the program.


Those interested in applying for the Cyber Bootcamp, should visit www.LaGuardia.edu/CyberNYC, or click here to learn more about the cyber boot camp at Fullstack Academy.


To read NYCEDC’s full press announcement about Cyber NYC, click here.


To read a press announcement about the major role that The City University of New York (CUNY) will play in Cyber NYC, click here.


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About NYCEDC
New York City Economic Development Corporation is the City's primary vehicle for promoting economic growth in each of the five boroughs. NYCEDC's mission is to stimulate growth through expansion and redevelopment programs that encourage investment, generate prosperity and strengthen the City's competitive position. NYCEDC serves as an advocate to the business community by building relationships with companies that allow them to take advantage of New York City's many opportunities. To learn more about NYCEDC projects and initiatives, follow its Facebook or Twitter feeds, or visit its blog.


About Fullstack Academy
Fullstack Academy is an award-winning, immersive coding school based in New York City. Backed by Y Combinator, co-founders David Yang and Nimit Maru leveraged their experience at Yahoo, Gilt Groupe, and Bloomspot (acquired by JP Morgan Chase in 2011) to create an elite program centered on fullstack JavaScript and emerging technologies. Fullstack Academy graduates enjoy excellent outcomes, with alumni working at startups as well as technology leaders, including Google, Amazon and Facebook. In 2016, Fullstack Academy launched Grace Hopper Program, the first all-women coding bootcamp in New York City, and the first in the country to offer a deferred tuition model. In 2018, Fullstack partnered with New York City to launch Fullstack Cyber Academy, an elite cybersecurity bootcamp. Visit https://www.fullstackacademy.com/ to learn more.


About LaGuardia Community College
LaGuardia Community College located in Long Island City, Queens, educates more than 50,000 New Yorkers annually through degree, certificate, and continuing education programs. Our guiding principle Dare To Do More reflects our belief in the transformative power of education—not just for individuals, but for our community and our country—creating pathways for achievement and safeguarding the middle class. LaGuardia is a national voice on behalf of community colleges, where half of all US college students study. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), the College reflects the legacy of our namesake, Fiorello H. LaGuardia, the former NYC mayor beloved for his championing the underserved. Since our doors opened in 1971, our programs regularly become national models for pushing boundaries to give people of all backgrounds access to a high quality, affordable college education. We invite you to join us in imagining what our students, our community, and our country can become. Visit www.LaGuardia.edu to learn more.


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