Code/Interactive Partners with Fullstack Academy: Deepening In-House Training to Expand Access to Computer Science EducationOctober 19, 2016
New York, NY— October 18, 2016— Code/Interactive (C/I), a New York City based not-for-profit organization that cultivates the potential of America’s youth by ensuring that all students have access to a high-caliber computer science education, entrepreneurship opportunities, and industry exposure, has partnered with Fullstack Academy, an award-winning, immersive coding school with campuses in New York City and Chicago. Through this collaboration, Fullstack Academy will provide industry-ready software development training to Code/Interactive, which will enable the nonprofit to better support more than 100 middle and high school computer science teachers from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania who will have an impact on over 5,000 students in the 2016-2017 School Year.
Only 1 in 4 schools teach computer science, with the lack of access expressed most prominently along the lines of income, ethnicity, and gender. To address this social justice issue, Code/Interactive focuses on the scalable model of providing computer science professional development and ongoing coaching to teachers, many of whom are learning the subject for the first time, but understand the pressing need to provide #CS4All public school students (an initiative taken on locally by CSNYC in New York City and nationally by The White House).
“When I graduate from Fullstack Academy’s Flex Part-Time Immersive, I will have first-hand knowledge of the skills our students need in order to land their first software engineering jobs,” said Jen Noborikawa, Code/Interactive’s Program Manager. “That knowledge will be invaluable for me as I align the curricula I write, teachers I coach, and student opportunities I plan with one of the career paths we want all of our students to have access to.”
Fullstack Academy is also striving to increase access to a computer science education and high-paying software development jobs for underrepresented and nontraditional students including women, veterans, professionals in non-tech careers who cannot afford to quit their jobs, and students who live outside of major tech hubs. Their Grace Hopper Academy offers women 100% tuition deferment until they find a job post-graduation, while their Flex Immersive is a part-time coding bootcamp that covers the same curriculum as the full-time program, but is held on nights and weekends so students can simultaneously work full-time jobs during the day. Both the full-time and part-time coding immersives can also be taken fully online through their Remote Immersive and Remote Flex Immersive. In addition to the $1,000 automatic scholarships extended to women and veterans, Fullstack Academy has established a $500,000 scholarship fund for their Remote Immersive programs open to women, veterans, and all other remote students through partnerships with Women Who Code and Operation Code.
Code/Interactive (C/I) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that cultivates the potential of America’s youth by ensuring that all students have access to a high-caliber computer science education, entrepreneurship opportunities, and industry exposure. Code/Interactive focuses on eliminating the representation gap in technology careers across lines of ethnicity, income, and gender/expression. With high-paying technology jobs predicted to number over a million by 2020, our program not only gives students a chance to improve their economic mobility and health, but that of their communities as well. For more information, visit www.weare.ci.
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