Let’s get straight to the point: 2016 has been huge for General Assembly. We’ve expanded our global community into new cities and launched beautiful, new campuses in locations where we’re already thriving. Our catalog of full-time Immersive programs grew exponentially, with four new courses that are transforming graduates’ careers in competitive tech fields around the globe. We also released our first audited student outcomes report, a detailed read that takes a close look at our Immersive graduates’ key demographics and job placement success rates. (Spoiler alert: they’re great.)
Check out some of GA’s top 2016 growth highlights below — and keep an eye out for news later this week about exciting strides in social impact and with campus teams.
We took huge leaps in expanding our campus footprint.
2016 marked the largest expansion of our campus footprint in GA’s history. We opened a new campus in Denver, and announced new campuses in Providence, Brisbane, northern Virginia, Dallas, and more. In addition to introducing GA to new cities, we also invested in building stunning, new GA homes in London, Seattle, and downtown Boston.
We also added Canadian tech and design career accelerator Bitmaker to the GA family, and we’re thrilled to joined forces as we continue to evolve our long-term vision around education-to-employment.
All of this means a more robust GA network across the globe, with more opportunities for students to build communities, learn new skills, and pursue work they love.
We launched four new full-time Immersive courses in data science, web development, and mobile development.
To address the skills gap in the thriving mobile development space, we collaborated with industry pioneers to create the iOS Development Immersive (built with Uber Engineering and Tumblr) and the Android Development Immersive (built with Google Developers). Both of these courses train students to bring mobile apps to life.
Last but not least, we introduced the Web Development Immersive Remote course, an entirely online version of our cornerstone web development program. This groundbreaking, online format allows students to take our popular campus course and launch a career in full-stack web development from anywhere in the world. Here’s a look at our first WDIR grads:
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Connecting with your classmates doesn’t only happen on campus. Through our virtual classroom, our widespread Web Development Immersive Remote students worked full-time to transform their #careers and build a foundation in #webdevelopment, forging friendships along the way. Congrats to our recent grads! 🎓 Our next session begins in October — see the *link in bio* to enroll from wherever you want to learn. #LifeAtGA #squadgoals #graduationday #bigchanges #BFFLS #remotelife
Our first student outcomes report showed that full-time course graduates land jobs.
We believe that transparency in reporting student outcomes is the best way to empower students whose goals, life circumstances, and career paths differ widely, so in October we released our first third-party verified student outcomes report, Measuring What Matters. The report, which was designed in conjunction with one Big Four accounting firm and reviewed by another, shows that during the reporting period, 99% of graduates from our full-time courses who participate in our Career Services program find jobs in their field of study within 180 days of beginning their search.
We launched a corporate training program with L’Oreal to transform the company’s digital operations.
General Assembly doesn’t just educate individuals; a core part of our education model is to work directly with companies big and small to train talent for today’s demanding, multi-faceted economy. This year, we debuted an assessment and educational program to help L’Oreal’s employees excel when it comes to tech and marketing. In Adweek, Marie Gulin-Merle, chief marketing officer at L’Oréal USA, called it a “GMAT for digital,” and more than 500 of the company’s employees have begun utilizing the system.
We’re so proud of the year behind us, and can’t wait to keep expanding our community as we head into 2017.