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Our New Reality: The Future of Work and Learning is Here

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It’s hard to believe that more than two years have passed since GA made the decision to close its campus doors and go fully remote in the wake of COVID-19. Despite all of the hurdles our students, faculty, and staff have faced, we are incredibly grateful that our community has remained as strong as it has – and that demand for GA’s programs, particularly outside of our urban hubs and in markets outside of the United States, has continued to grow rapidly.

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Just Launched: The Community Reskilling White Paper

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As a new year begins and the pandemic wears on, the country is grappling with the latest incarnation of an increasingly familiar paradox: millions of open positions but not enough talent to fill those roles. The many complex forces driving this new normal include the accelerating integration of technology into all facets of the enterprise; a wave of resignations and retirements; shifting policies and priorities around remote work; and a mass rejection of jobs that do not provide a living wage, health care benefits, and other quality of life supports core to the vision of the “new social contract.” 

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A Preview of Our Chapter in
“Workforce Realigned: How New Partnerships are Advancing Economic Mobility”

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Our work at the intersection of education and economic mobility gives us a unique perspective on the roles of education and workforce development when addressing challenges brought on by the pandemic. These challenges — accelerated technological change, deepened inequity, and systemic injustices — have renewed urgency as the world strives to move forward.  

In the spirit of collaboration and our commitment to positive change, we were honored to join Social Finance and the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and Philadelphia to contribute to “Workforce Realigned: How New Partnerships are Advancing Economic Mobility.” This new book, recently released in this summer of 2021, draws on the insights of federal and state policy leaders, researchers, and workforce development experts to highlight not just the aforementioned issues themselves but the ways that organizations are collaborating to create new solutions in this ever-shifting world.

Our chapter, “Access to Opportunity: The General Assembly Career Impact Bond,” offers a deep dive into a first-of-its-kind program we launched with Social Finance. To put it simply and clearly, the GA Career Impact Bond is rooted in our shared belief that individuals with fewer resources can, with the appropriate support, succeed at the same level as those with more. In addition to an income-share agreement (ISA) program in which students pay zero up-front tuition, our initiative also provides access to full-time social service professionals who directly support student needs and an emergency fund that offers ready financial assistance for students to cover unexpected costs.

The chapter also features insights and lessons learned from our work with the Career Impact Bond, including these testimonials from Career Impact Bond participants:

“I spent decades in prison and was able to learn about coding as a member of the Last Mile Program. After my release, I didn’t have a job or credit and was starting over, but wanted to continue what I learned with The Last Mile. This ISA helped me enroll in General Assembly’s immersive software engineering program and continue my journey.” 

“I didn’t have a lot of money or options and was making $20K a year. I have a son and needed to find something that would improve our lives. This ISA has put me on track for a new career, a new salary, with new skills. The emergency fund helped me during the pandemic to pay my bills when I could no longer work.”

We hope our contribution — and the book as a whole — provide leaders across business and government with concrete examples of the ways that collaboration between the public, private, and nonprofit sectors is creating new pathways to economic mobility. Curious to dive in and explore all the details? You can get your own copy of “Workforce Realigned: How New Partnerships are Advancing Economic Mobility” by downloading it here

We look forward to hearing your thoughts once you’ve had a chance to read it and to continuing the conversation about how we can best help and support workers from all underserved backgrounds in navigating the rapidly changing world of work.

Want to chat more about anything you’ve read here? Reach out to us via cheers@ga.co

Get 2030-Ready With Our Free Learning Festival

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Our much-anticipated series, The 2030 Movement, is finally back — and this time it’s bolder, bigger, and better! From 20–30 September, join us for a free two-week-long festival of learning for the next thinkers, leaders, and innovators in tech.

Whether you’re looking to dive deeper into emerging disruptive technologies, uncover what the future of work entails, or simply make meaningful professional connections, our robust lineup of future-proof events offers something for everyone. 

Evolving Industry Trends

Hear from leaders in UX, marketing, product, and more to learn where the industry is heading and which trends to look out for.

Future Workforce

The way we work has been impacted forever, yet this hasn’t put a stop to the growing innovation and demand for skilled employees. Hear how the workforce and workplace are evolving for good.

Shaping Culture

Sustainability, mental health, and social wellbeing are front of mind for consumers, employers — and now businesses. Stay up to date on the relevant challenges and opportunities to navigate a better future.

Transformative Technologies

A whole new era of tech is dawning on us. From edge computing to cryptocurrency, learn about the disruptive tech making big waves and changing our economy, lifestyle, and workplace.

Be 2030-ready. Join the movement.

Our Plans to Resume In-Person Learning in the U.S.

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In-person learning is almost in session! Since we first opened our doors in 2011, our campuses have been the heart and soul of GA’s community, providing a space for collaboration, innovation, and inclusion. The connections made in both our digital and physical classrooms have been the springboard for new careers, professional connections, and lifelong relationships. 

This fall, we’re excited to see that energy in real life once again. 

After pausing our in-person learning for over a year, we’re excited to give students the option to take courses at select U.S. campuses this fall. As always, you can choose to learn on campus or online — whichever option best fits your preference, lifestyle, and schedule.

Select your campus to read more on detailed plans, key dates, and FAQs for each location. We’ll post any updates as soon as we know about them.

*Austin & Atlanta: Both of these teams are currently moving their physical campus locations and will continue remote learning for the remainder of 2021. Only online programs will be available to students living at these locations until further notice.

Our Plan to Reopen GA Boston

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It’s a season to assemble. After over a year of Zooming and screen sharing, we’ve missed rubbing elbows with our community of students, instructors, and tech leaders. 

We’re thrilled to be safely reopening our downtown campus and giving students the option to return to in-person learning. We’re kicking things off with an Open House Night on October 7th with free headshots!

Check back below for upcoming in-person workshops, and click here for complete details about how we’re keeping campus visitors safe, plus answers to questions you might have. If you have any additional questions, please email us directly at boston@generalassemb.ly, and we’ll get back to you ASAP.

In-Person Events & Workshops 

Note: Attendees are required to show proof of vaccination and wear masks at all times. See complete safety policies.

In-Person Long-Form Courses

Note: In-person students will need to be vaccinated and show proof of vaccination on or before the first day of class.

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Our Plan to Reopen GA Seattle

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It’s a season to assemble. After over a year of Zooming and screen sharing, we’ve missed rubbing elbows with our community of students, instructors, and tech leaders. 

We’re thrilled to be safely reopening our downtown campus and giving students the option to return to in-person learning. We’re kicking things off with an Open House Night on October 7th with free headshots!

Check back below for upcoming in-person workshops, and click here for complete details about how we’re keeping campus visitors safe, plus answers to questions you might have. If you have any additional questions, please email us directly at seattle@generalassemb.ly, and we’ll get back to you ASAP.

In-Person Events & Workshops 

Note: Attendees are required to wear masks at all times. See complete safety policies.

In-Person Long-Form Courses

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Our Plan to Reopen GA Chicago

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It’s a season to assemble. After over a year of Zooming and screen sharing, we’ve missed rubbing elbows with our community of students, instructors, and tech leaders. 

We’re thrilled to be safely opening our new Loop campus and giving students the option to return to in-person learning. We’re kicking things off with an Open House Night on October 7th with free headshots!

Check back below for upcoming in-person workshops, and click here for complete details about how we’re keeping campus visitors safe, plus answers to questions you might have. If you have any additional questions, please email us directly at chicago@generalassemb.ly, and we’ll get back to you ASAP.

In-Person Events & Workshops 

Note: Attendees are required to show proof of vaccination and wear masks at all times. See complete safety policies.

In-Person Long-Form Courses

Note: In-person students will need to be vaccinated and show proof of vaccination on or before the first day of class.

Browse All Workshops

Our Plan to Reopen GA Denver

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It’s a season to assemble. After over a year of Zooming and screen sharing, we’ve missed rubbing elbows with our community of students, instructors, and tech leaders. 

We’re thrilled to be safely reopening our downtown campus and giving students the option to return to in-person learning. We’re kicking things off with an Open House Night on October 7th with free headshots!

Check back below for upcoming in-person workshops, and click here for complete details about how we’re keeping campus visitors safe, plus answers to questions you might have. If you have any additional questions, please email us directly at denver@generalassemb.ly, and we’ll get back to you ASAP.

In-Person Events & Workshops 

Note: Attendees are required to show proof of vaccination and wear masks at all times. See complete safety policies.

In-Person Long-Form Courses

Note: In-person students will need to be vaccinated and show proof of vaccination on or before the first day of class.

Browse All Workshops