Today we announced our newest full-time program, Android Development Immersive, at the Big Android BBQ in Hurst, Texas. This program is the first of its kind: a curriculum designed and built with Google Developers and Android developers from VICE Media and Karma.
We’re incredibly excited by what this means for our community of students, partners, and employers. The time to focus on Android is long overdue, and our 12-week program enables students to become Android developers through intensive practical training and portfolio-based work.
According to Glassdoor, there are over 100,000 Android Development jobs open in the U.S. alone. We’ve seen 204 percent growth in Android development jobs since 2012. Most of all, there is a serious skills gap in the Android space. The difficulty of finding Android developers is a recurring theme among our network of employers. The demand for Android talent should be no surprise: More than 1 billion Android devices shipped worldwide in 2014, and 78% of all smartphones shipped in 2015 so far have been Android phones. Android is truly a global OS.
The Android Development Immersive is one of the key ways that General Assembly is working to close this skills gap, by clearly connecting high-quality education standards and employment opportunities. With Google, our employer partners at VICE media and Karma, and our team of instructional designers, we are determined to deliver the best in-person Android development curriculum and experience in the world.
Throughout the program, students will live and breathe Android by building real apps and working closely with our talented instructors. Students will also have access to career support services and become part of General Assembly’s global community of students, instructors, practitioners, and alumni.
ADI (new acronym!) will launch in January 2016 in New York City and San Francisco as a 12-week, full-time program.