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Volunteer Assembly: New York Common Pantry

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At General Assembly, we pride ourselves on empowering those around us to find greater well-being in their daily lives, both in the classroom and beyond. At times, this growth can be inspired by something as simple as a healthy meal.

On a recent Tuesday, our team at GA NYC skipped its usual weekly Team Lunch — where we share a meal and learn about each other’s work — to help feed fellow New Yorkers in need.

For the second year running, team members swapped hairnets for funny hats, stacking up more than 500 sandwiches for the New York Common Pantry (NYCP). The nonprofit’s mission: “to reduce hunger throughout New York City while promoting dignity and self-sufficiency.”

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Pursuing A Career Change: How To Find The Best Version Of You

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Embracing your professional development or pursuing a career change can seem daunting, tedious and, at times, impossible. We often measure success by comparing ourselves to those around us, instead of focusing on our own qualities.

The reality is that there are many paths forward, and each person has a unique approach to finding theirs. Your success is the byproduct of a process of trial and error, your own experiments, and the practice of learning along the way.

Jen Glantz and Francesco Marconi’s paths have been anything but similar. While both live in New York City, one is an entrepreneur and the other works at The Associated Press. They, along with many others, started pursuing a career change while feeling lost. They asked themselves, “What should I do with my life? Why am I working here? Am I in the right place?”

As they found their answers, they came to share the belief that true fulfillment comes when you start focusing on building the “best version of yourself.”

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UX Design Explained in 60 Seconds

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User experience (UX) design is one of the tech industry’s core disciplines: Considering users’ potential actions is a key component of designing a website, application, or other products. UX is a skill that just about every type of company needs in order to grow — and demand for it is only increasing.

But what is UX design, really? To get to the heart of it, we talked to design experts from The New York Times, PayPal, Zola, and more.

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Watch: What Entrepreneurs Can Learn from Hillary for America’s Digital Strategy Team

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Digital Marketing Lessons From Hillary For America

Last week, General Assembly packed the house — both at our New York headquarters and online — for a conversation with Hillary for America’s digital strategy team. The evening focused on considering the campaign as a startup, and the conversation highlighted digital marketing lessons that strategists and entrepreneurs can use to build a responsive team.

Steph Hannon, chief technology officer, Teddy Goff, chief digital strategist, and Sara Solow, domestic policy advisor, had a lively discussion with General Assembly CEO Jake Schwartz about the realities of building tech for a startup that, as Goff noted, is “designed to go out of business in 18 months.”

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Inside The Mind Of The Designer

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How do user experience (UX) designers think? What does the thought process look like from initial challenge to user-friendly solution? What if you could just peek inside the brain of a UX designer and watch the gears turn?

Join us for a Design In Motion panel event happening at your local General Assembly campus. Until the end of June, we’ll gather the leading minds of UX and product design to discuss design strategy. You’ll be able to see the design thinking process in action as industry experts walk through the design challenge they’ve been tasked with—whether it’s revamping a flight search app or thinking up a genius digital experience for the Rio Olympics.

We asked some our guests from a wide range of backgrounds about their unique paths to building memorable experiences, where they find design inspiration, and what advice they’d offer to aspiring designers.

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Happy Instructor Appreciation Week from GA

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Instructor Appreciation Week at General Assembly

Phil Lamplugh, General Assembly’s first full-time Web Development Immersive instructor ever.

Without our incredible instructors, General Assembly would not exist. It actually could not exist. It’s their passion, real-world expertise, and desire to share their knowledge with our students that make this place so valuable to communities around the world. Our instructors are awesome, and they deserve recognition. That’s why, to celebrate them and all they do, we extended National Teacher’s Day into a full Instructor Appreciation Week across our campuses: happy hours, catered lunches, and even some sweet chalk art.

Anna Lindow, GM of Campus Education at General Assembly, has been with us since 2011, and has seen how far our courses and educational offerings have come. She works closely with members of the campus team, instructors, and instructor assistants — from Seattle to London to Hong Kong.

Whether you’ve learned from one, want to learn from one, or are one yourself, join us in spotlighting GA’s spectacular instructors. Anna gives us a peek into the lives of these educational leaders and gets to the heart of why they mean so much to our mission.

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General Assembly is Best for NYC

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General Assembly is Best for NYC

Earlier this spring, the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC) launched the Best for NYC campaign, “designed to inspire and equip New York City businesses to measure and improve practices that help create well-paying jobs and improve the quality of life in all five boroughs, while also strengthening their bottom-line.”  

Earlier this week, General Assembly was recognized as “Best for NYC” along with businesses from multiple sectors across the five boroughs. We scored in the top 10 in the Community category for metrics including “charitable giving, diversity and inclusion, worker ownership, and social impact through products and services.”

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Measuring What Matters: GA’s Approach to Measuring Student Outcomes

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General Assembly Measures Student Outcomes

General Assembly was founded on the principle that first and foremost, education is an investment. Students invest their time, money, and passions with us, and we have a duty to help them earn a return on that investment, both in the short and long run.

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How to Afford Leveling Up: Your Funding Options at General Assembly

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We want our students to be able to focus on class, not costs. Whether you want to level up or start a brand-new career, we offer a range of student financing and payment options to make your path to education easy. Once you’ve been accepted to a GA program, you may be eligible for one of the following programs to help pay for your education.

Apply for a course today and a member of our Admissions team will reach out to answer your questions and help start your journey!

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Introducing Web Development Immersive Remote

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There’s no stopping web developers. More than 100,000 development positions have become available over the past year in just the United States. And with virtually every industry growing their digital efforts, that demand is expected to grow as much as 30% by 2020.

Our future will be written in code, and we’ve been a part of building that future with our industry-leading, on-campus Web Development Immersive career accelerator, which 3,000 alumni have completed around the world. Now we’re going digital. In our new full-time online Web Development Immersive Remote program, you can learn the full-stack skills you need to launch a coding career from anywhere that works for you — all in real-time, in a virtual classroom, led by an expert instructor.

Through 13 weeks of daily live instruction, you’ll work through the same time- and pressure-tested curriculum as our campus students. Collaborate with a cohort of classmates and our expert instructional team to:

  • Master JavaScript, Ruby on Rails, APIs, Git, and more;
  • Build a portfolio of custom websites and data-driven apps to show off in job interviews;
  • Receive real-time, personalized feedback on your work;
  • Access ongoing career coaching, job search support, and exclusive networking opportunities.

We’re bringing our on-campus experience to you, wherever you are. And, as a student at GA, you’ll receive perks like event invites and discounts on classes, workshops — and coveted GA “swag.” More importantly, you’ll become a lifelong member of our global community of alumni, students, instructors, and hiring partners, there to support you wherever you go.

You’re ready for this. Our first program kicks off May 16.

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*This program is currently not open to enrollments for individuals who plan to take the course from the following US locations: Alabama, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, Utah, Washington, D.C., Wisconsin, and Wyoming.