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.
As we invest more in our global growth, new learning products, comprehensive supportive services for our students, and best-in-class instructors, we’ve also officially made the difficult decision to reduce our physical campus footprint and not reopen our spaces in many of our U.S. markets. At several points throughout the pandemic we thought that we would eventually see a “return to normal” – but it’s clear that the ways that we live, work, and learn are forever altered. We live in a changed world, and General Assembly is changing with it.
In countless ways, this “new” normal has opened up exciting opportunities for General Assembly.
- We have expanded into new geographies and markets through our community reskilling partnerships, led by regional employers and elected officials to build resilient talent ecosystems.
- We have seen new opportunities in global markets that GA historically has never reached – and are expanding our offerings into new languages and delivery mechanisms that will allow us to become a truly global organization.
- And we have brought on a deep bench of seasoned learning experts who are helping us to redefine and expand our value proposition to learners – you can read about them in our series about the General Assembly learning philosophy.
We have fantastic momentum as we launch new products for our students and our enterprise clients – most recently with the launch of our Data Analytics Immersive – and have many more new launches and announcements planned in the weeks and months to come. I could not be more excited about all of the incredible work the team at GA is doing to write the next chapter of our growth story.
It’s also become clear to me in my nearly two years as CEO that General Assembly’s strength comes not from its physical campuses, but from the promise that we offer individuals to help them transform their lives and careers, and the scaffolding and support we create for individuals at every stage of their learning journey. We are ready and energized to meet this moment and continue to support the needs and aspirations of our students, while enabling governments and enterprises to meet their goals of building robust pipelines of net-new diverse tech talent.
I joined this business as a former customer – and self-proclaimed fangirl – taking classes in coding and marketing in GA’s early days as I was building my own business. It’s been a joy to lead this franchise even through the challenges of a pandemic, and to see the way that our teams show up for our students and clients every single day. Even in the midst of a global recession, our people never wavered from our mission and our students never lost sight of their career transformation goals.
As we look to our next decade of continued growth and evolution, I’m excited to lead this team as we enter more communities, transform more lives, and support enterprises, governments, and individuals to adapt to an ever-changing world of work. Onward!