California Firm’s Growing Cybersecurity Program Spreads East

A California-based tech company that has found success with cybersecurity career training is spreading its program to Nevada.

Transmosis Corp., a workforce trainer focused on developing a pipeline of skilled labor by helping job seekers address skill gaps, is led by CEO Chase Norlin, who has years of Silicon Valley experience. He realized that most could break into the tech industry with a little training, and his mission became seeking to make that transition easier for those seeking work in the sector.

After starting the program in California, he saw early success, for example, taking someone who was long-term unemployed to landing them a job with Google after completing training.

Transmosis now offers various tech-related courses in Nevada, including cybersecurity.

“You just need a couple of key things — ambition and transferable skills,” Norlin said. “You need some basis of being able to learn new skills or can be easily adaptable.”

The Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation said that the long-term growth projections for the information security analyst position in the Las Vegas region is 38.6 percent, and 43.5 percent for the state, for the professional, scientific or technical industries.

“The demand for jobs there is through the roof,” he said. “There are not even remotely enough people currently skilled enough to get jobs in that field.”

The latest course — which is entirely online — is an almost four-month-long virtual bootcamp, funded through the STEM Workforce Challenge Grant via the Governor’s Office of Science, Innovation and Technology.

Those chosen for the cybersecurity course can do so with no out-of-pocket costs for the program, which runs around $5,000. With the program increasingly gaining traction, Norlin said, the latest course had an overwhelming number of applicants.

“We’ve had a record turnout with over 200 applications for the 15 subsidized spots. So, there is a lot of demand from the local population in this field,” he said. “We’re going to double that class size to 30 because of the overwhelming response. So Transmosis is figuring out a way to get some type of subsidy for the remaining 15.”

Making the program even more attractive is that half of the available jobs in STEM industries don’t require a four-year degree, and the average wage of sub-baccalaureate STEM being around $50,000 per year, according to Transmosis. Those wages are almost 50 percent higher than those of non-STEM jobs with similar education requirements, the company said.

Last summer, Transmosis was awarded the California Apprenticeship Initiative Grant by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office to define and develop the first cybersecurity apprenticeship program in the Information and Communication Technologies sector in California. The initiative enables employers in a variety of industries to sponsor cybersecurity apprentices that help them build a pipeline of talent into their organizations. Employers in the program benefit from subsidized training and administrative costs, apprentices trained to their specific needs, and greater employee retention, according to a statement on the company website.

According to a 2016 report by Cisco, there are over 1 million cybersecurity jobs currently unfilled, and that was projected to rise to 6 million by 2019.

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California Firm’s Growing Cybersecurity Program Spreads East