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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.

  • What Is the Future of Audience Targeting?: 20 Sept., 4–5 p.m. SGT | 6 p.m.–7 p.m. AEST
  • How Will the Role of Product Managers Change in 2030?: 22 Sept., 12:30–1.30 p.m. SGT | 2:30–3:30 p.m. AEST
  • Purpose-Driven Innovation: What Are the Trends To Thrive?: 22 Sept., 4–5 p.m. SGT // 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. AEST
  • Is Data Killing UX Design Instinct?: 23 Sept., 11 a.m.–12 p.m. SGT | 1–2 p.m. AEST
  • Will Influencer Marketing Still Reign in 2030?: 23 Sept., 4–5 p.m. SGT | 6–7 p.m. AEST
  • Are You Building a Brand or a Bland?: 29 Sept., 4–5 p.m. SGT | 6–7 p.m. AEST

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.

  • Future Talent: Should We Buy, Build or Borrow?: 23 Sept., 11 a.m.–12 p.m. SGT | 1–2 p.m. AEST
  • How can You Leverage Your Outsider Advantage to Break into Tech?: 24 Sept., 12:30–1.30 p.m. SGT | 2:30–3:30 p.m. AEST
  • Why Do the Best Companies Not Care About Your Background?: 27 Sept., 12:30–1.30 p.m. SGT | 2:30–3:30 p.m. AEST
  • Are You Real if You Don’t Have a Solid Digital Presence?:  28 Sept., 11 a.m.–12 p.m. SGT | 1–2 p.m. AEST
  • How Can Companies Meet the Changing Needs of Today’s Workforce?: 29 Sept., 11 a.m.–12 p.m. SGT | 1–2 p.m. AEST
  • Are Physical Workspaces Still Vital in a Post-COVID World?: 30 Sept., 12:30–1.30 p.m. SGT | 2.30–3.30 p.m. AEST

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.

  • Can Businesses Save the Planet by 2030?: 20 Sept., 12:30–1.30 p.m. SGT | 2.30–3.30 p.m. AEST
  • How Do We Build a Mental Health First Culture?: 21 Sept., 11 a.m.–12 p.m. SGT | 1–2 p.m. AEST
  • Can You Truly Live a Zero-Waste Life?: 27 Sept., 4–5 p.m. SGT | 6–7 p.m. AEST
  • How Do You Reboot Social Interactions for the New Norm?: 27 Sept., 11 a.m.–12 p.m. SGT | 1–2 p.m. AEST
  • How Do We Deliver Bite-Size Content?: 28 Sept., 12.30–1.30 p.m. SGT | 2.30–3.30 p.m. AEST

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.

  • Is Edge Computing Data’s Next Game-Changer?: 20 Sept., 11 a.m.–12 p.m. SGT | 1 –2 p.m. AEST
  • Ditching Old Money Rules: What is The I-nance Revolution?: 21 Sept., 12.30–1.30 p.m. SGT | 2.30–3.30 p.m. AEST
  • Can VR/AR Sell More __?: 21 Sept., 4–5 p.m. SGT | 6–7 p.m. AEST
  • Cryptocurrency & Blockchain: Hot Today, Not Tomorrow?: 23 Sept., 12.30–1.30 p.m. SGT | 2.30–3.30 p.m. AEST
  • Is The Future Of Coding Code-Less?: 24 Sept., 11 a.m.–12 p.m. SGT | 1 –2 p.m. AEST
  • Is HealthTech the Next Fast Lane for Investors?: 28 Sept., 4–5 p.m. SGT | 6–7 p.m. AEST
  • Big Tech: Big Problem or Big Opportunity for Business?: 29 Sept., 12.30–1.30 p.m. SGT | 2.30–3.30 p.m. AEST
  • What Tech Are Investors Betting on Now?: 30 Sept., 4–5 p.m. SGT | 6–7 p.m. AEST

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.

  • Atlanta*
  • Austin*
  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Denver
  • Los Angeles 
  • New York City†
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle 
  • Washington, D.C. 

*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.

New York City: Our flagship location is undergoing renovations, as previously announced. If construction remains on schedule, the two-floor New York campus will reopen by early October.

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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.

  • Campus Reopening Open House with Free Headshots (Oct. 7)
  • Intro to Coding (Oct. 14)

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.

  • Software Engineering Immersive (Nov. 8)

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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.

  • Campus Reopening Open House with Free Headshots (Oct. 7)
  • Intro to Coding (Oct. 14)

In-Person Long-Form Courses

  • Software Engineering Immersive (Nov. 15)

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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.

  • Campus Reopening Open House with Free Headshots (Oct. 7)
  • Intro to Coding (Oct. 14)

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.

  • Software Engineering Immersive (Nov. 15)

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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.

  • Campus Reopening Open House with Free Headshots (Oct. 7)
  • Intro to UX Design (Oct. 14)

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.

  • User Experience Design Immersive (Nov. 15)

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Our Plan to Reopen GA Los Angeles

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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 la@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.

  • Campus Reopening Open House with Free Headshots (Oct. 7)
  • Intro to Coding (Oct. 14)

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.

  • Software Engineering Immersive (Nov. 8)

Browse All Workshops

An Introduction to the Vancouver Tech Community

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With its vibrant startup culture and budding talent pool, Vancouver is a popular hub where creativity, entrepreneurs, and startups intersect. Ranked as the Economist Intelligence Unit’s number one Most Liveable City in North America, more than 2 million people choose to call Vancouver home. 

Over the last five years, Vancouver has experienced a 42.6% increase in total tech occupations — even becoming the city with the fastest high-tech job growth in North America1 — and houses nearly 100,000 skilled workers and permanent residents2 within the British Columbia (BC) area. 

The city’s forward-thinking culture, natural surroundings, and diverse community leave no shortage of opportunities — its tremendous growth in tech has earned it the nickname, “Techcouver.” By 2027, this market is expected to add 83,400 new tech-related job openings.3

General Assembly is proud to announce our arrival and help cultivate thousands of meaningful connections through thoughtful partnership building and learning opportunities. Join us for expert-led classes, workshops, and inspirational panel discussions each week.

Companies and Jobs

  • Top industries: construction, film and television, high technology, manufacturing, and tourism.4
  • Major employers: Amazon, TELUS, Best Buy, BC Public Service, Fraser Health Authority, Interior Health Authority, University of British Columbia (UBC), and the City of Vancouver.5
  • Other well-known tech companies have a major presence in Vancouver, including Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, Cisco Systems, Samsung, Hootsuite, Absolute Software, ACL Service, Dwave, 1Qbit, and Slack.6
  • The city also hosts growing sectors, including AI, Software as a Service (SaaS), business intelligence, cybersecurity, and FinTech.7

The Vancouver Tech Community

  • The tech industry in BC employs around 100,000 people with 75,000 working in the Vancouver metro.8
  • With a lower cost of living than other major cities, it’s a compelling environment to launch a business and attract top global talent. They introduced the Global Skills Strategy which offers highly-skilled employees work permit exemptions and faster application processing times. 
  • Vancouver Startup Week is a week-long event where entrepreneurs, investors, and community leaders connect and celebrate the city’s startup community. 
  • Go-to startup hub, Startup Vancouver, serves tech and non-tech entrepreneurs with resources for every stage of their business. 
  • Vancouver Women in Technology (VanWIT) and BC Tech — through their #WhatWorks Women in Tech Series — provide women with educational opportunities to grow their businesses and careers.

Stay in the Know

Here are just a handful of resources to help you dive deeper into Vancouver’s tech and startup ecosystem:

  • Subscribe to BC Tech, Venture Vancouver, and Vancouver Tech Journal for the latest local tech news and trends. 
  • Startup Grind Vancouver hosts regular virtual events from entrepreneurial stories from startup 101 to DEI-related topics. 
  • Check out the annual Future Technologies Conference for insight from education leaders about the technology industry. 
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1 https://www.cbre.us/research-and-reports/North-America-Tech-30-2020
2https://www.cbre.us/research-and-reports/Scoring-Tech-Talent-in-North-America-2020
3https://www.straight.com/tech/1247521/demand-tech-talent-vancouver-25-percent-2018
4https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/data/statistics/business-industry-trade/industry
5https://vancouversun.com/sponsored/top-employers-vs/headline-bcs-top-employers-winners-list
6https://www.lighthouselabs.ca/en/blog/tech-companies-vancouver
7https://www.vancouvereconomic.com/focus/technology/
8https://www.vancouvereconomic.com/focus/technology/

An Introduction to the Calgary Tech Community

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Calgary has been reinvented from the ‘energy capital of Canada’ into an innovative and thriving center of digital transformation. Quickly becoming the largest driver of new solutions within the tech sector, Calgary is embracing opportunities that make a difference.

In a recent report, tech companies in the area have more than doubled in the past three years alone — and despite economic impact due from the pandemic, 14% of those new tech companies launched in 2020. Additionally, 40% of businesses are reporting annual revenues of over $1 million,1 showcasing the power of Calgary’s energetic ideas and transformative solutions.

Calgary is diverse in culture. More than 29% of the population immigrated from elsewhere, representing 240 different ethnic origins.2 The numbers will only go higher thanks to an investment of $18.4 billion in digital transformation — 77,000 tech jobs will be added across Alberta in the next few years. In fact, Calgary is expected to have a tech boom with the number of companies at least doubling by 2030.3

General Assembly is proud to announce our arrival and help cultivate thousands of meaningful connections through thoughtful partnership building and learning opportunities. Join us for expert-led classes, workshops, and inspirational panel discussions each week.

Companies and Jobs

  • Top industries: agribusiness, creative industries, energy & environment, financial services, healthcare, and technology.4
  • Major employers: University of Calgary, Alberta Health Services, Shaw Communications, Suncor Energy, Inc., and Imperial Oil Limited.5

The Calgary Tech Community

  • Alberta has a higher percentage of women tech company founders than the global average (27%), compared with 20% globally.6 Organizations such as The Chic Geek, Making Changes, and SheInnovates, Alberta design programs and provide resources to accelerate the careers of women entrepreneurs and innovators.
  • There are local organizations in Calgary founded to support its growing tech community, where you can discover opportunities to network and learn: 
    • Startup Calgary serves early stage entrepreneurs and strengthens the city’s innovation ecosystem through networking, partnerships, and programming.
    • Pixels and Pints connects web developers and digital designers through monthly meet-ups.
    • Assembly Coworking Space offers affordable spaces for tech startups and social enterprises. They also host events in their common areas to connect and learn from fellow entrepreneurs. 
    • Innovate Calgary, a business incubator and member of the UCalgary innovation ecosystem, offers startup support programs.
    • Immigrant Techies Alberta organizes regular networking events for highly-skilled immigrants in the tech industry. 
    • Digital Alberta supports the tech community with new talent and partnership opportunities through a membership network.  

Stay in the Know

Here are just a handful of resources to help you dive deeper into Calgary tech: 

  • Subscribe to Platform Calgary and Venture Calgary for the latest local tech news and trends. 
  • Check out Startup Calgary and The 51 for your upcoming local events. 
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1https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/tech-companies-alberta-doubles-1.5998124
2https://calgaryeconomicdevelopment.com/why-calgary/be-part-of-the-energy/working-in-calgary/
3https://calgaryeconomicdevelopment.com/newsroom/diversifying-economy-changing-opportunities/
4https://calgaryeconomicdevelopment.com/sectors/
5https://calgaryherald.com/sponsored/top-employers-ch/albertas-top-employers-winners-list-3
6https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/tech-companies-alberta-doubles-1.5998124