Merritt College: Taking a Bold Approach to the Cyber Skills Shortage
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Our event last week gave students and employers the chance to meet and talk about career opportunities.
We hosted employers from a number of San Francisco Bay Area companies including Jacobian Engineering, Anaplan, Wente, and EFI in Fremont who became acquainted with students one-on-one to talk about their backgrounds and opportunities. Investor and CEO Supreet Manchanda also showed support by generously donating $5K to the Merritt program.
Technology leader Leonard Gaines introduced Congressman Ro Khanna, who video conferenced in from Washington, D.C. Congressman Khanna has made it a top priority to address the shortage of trained cybersecurity professionals. “This country has about 220,00 unfilled jobs in cybersecurity,” he said in a recent interview. “How do we take Merritt College’s Cybersecurity program and do that across the country?” Traditional 4-year education is not resolving the shortage of skilled cybersecurity professionals in the U.S. Congressman Khanna recognizes that we need a bold and innovative approach to resolving the problem and the cybersecurity program at Merritt is a great example of this approach.
Our other prominent speakers included District Chancellor Jowel LaGuerre, Merritt President Marie-Elaine Burns, Trustees Bill Withrow and Karen Weinstein, and David Silver, Education Director for the Mayor of Oakland Libby Schaaf. Also in attendance was Sidney Brown, assistant to Oakland Councilmember Delsey Brooks. In addition, a panel of students and employers discussed training and the solutions that could be brought to Bay Area organizations.
Program Director Anita Black worked with me and Jim Cates, President of LOBI Group, LLC, to drive the planning of this successful event.
Please contact me to learn more about how you can employee students from our Merritt College Cybersecurity Program.