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Cyversity and NextGen have collaborated since 2021 to provide underserved and underrepresented cyber career seekers with opportunities to develop technical and professional skills. The sweet spot in their outreach has been community colleges.

It is a little known fact that for over a decade, community colleges were the only undergraduate institutions providing practical cybersecurity education. They continue to be where students and skill builders take courses that prepare them to earn industry certifications or associate degrees on pathways to jobs or higher cyber education.



Krishnan Chellakarai

Founder, NextGen Cyber Talent

CISO – Information Security, Risk & Compliance at Gilead Sciences

Krish Chellakarai, as founder of NextGen Cyber Talent, has made a commitment to closing the talent gap by training and preparing underserved and overlooked cyber career seekers.

Steven Booth

VP Product Management, Detection and Response | Salesforce

Steven Booth is an early advocate of this alternative pathway and influenced the NextGen Cyber Talent focus on community college cyber students and programs.

Juan Soberanes

Software Engineer, Balbix



Nina Bachvarova 

Cybersecurity Engineer

San Francisco Airport


Dante Alabastro

Red Team Lead, Google



Christina Hanson

Information Security Architect, AppDynamics 



Juan, Dante, Nina, and Christina began their cyber career education at Bay Area Community Colleges from very diverse backgrounds and starting points. They are now successful cyber professionals who have continued to advance in their careers and education. 

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