General Assembly is proud to be partnering with Adobe in the development of the Adobe Digital Academy, a Bay Area–based program focused on offering opportunities in technology to underrepresented communities. Adobe supports high-potential candidates through partnership with General Assembly’s Opportunity Fund and Adobe technical internships. Selected candidates receive Opportunity Fund scholarships for General Assembly’s Web Development Immersive (WDI) course followed by a three-month technical internship in Adobe’s offices, with the goal of hiring interns for a full-time position.
“You learn so much in a short amount of time at the development bootcamp, and once you’re at Adobe you realize there is so much more to learn,” says Adriana Villagran, one of Adobe Digital Academy’s first students. “There is a really good support system for learning new technologies and the team trusts me to experiment and explore.”
Randy Riggins, Adriana’s manager and Adobe’s senior engineering manager says, “It’s beneficial having an immersive intern because she is able to do real work, and bring a fresh perspective and new energy. [The program] gives candidates from alternative backgrounds an on-ramp to technical careers.”
“You learn so much in a short amount of time at the development bootcamp, and once you’re at Adobe you realize there is so much more to learn.” — Adriana Villagran, one of Adobe Digital Academy’s first students
Through General Assembly’s Social Impact platform, we’re committed to creating partnerships and programs that enable affordable and accessible education, contribute to a diverse tech talent pipeline, and promote social mobility through careers in tech. In the coming weeks our San Francisco campus will host information sessions with more details about the program. This program in particular supports low-income students who make less than $30,000 per year and have had barriers to education and employment, including people of color and women.
Students in GA’s full-time Immersive programs who participate in our Career Services program work with career coaches to showcase their professional brand, hone their interview skills, and get one-on-one support throughout their job search. It’s because of our close partnerships with employers like Adobe that we can support our students in finding new career opportunities.
“For many of our students, the time spent in General Assembly’s classrooms learning from experts and developing projects with peers is only part of the equation in becoming web developers,” says General Assembly’s Director of Social Impact Tom Ogletree. “The Adobe Digital Academy allows participants to get on-the-job training and mentorship from a leading technology company immediately after graduation. This sets graduates up for success as they launch careers that leverage their new technical, workplace, and interpersonal skills.”
“We’ve found the benefits [of our collaborating with General Assembly] to extend far beyond our initial expectations,” Adobe Innovation Lead Liz Lowe says. “Hiring managers are enthusiastic about the fresh perspective Adobe Digital Academy candidates bring, and a number of employees have gotten involved via our mentorship and professional development program. We are excited to see the program grow and continue to evolve as one potential solution to a complex challenge.”
We’re eager to watch these new tech professionals thrive at Adobe, and we look forward to following their robust careers.