In early 2014, there was some press coverage and debate when coding “bootcamps” and other tech skills training programs in the Bay Area came under examination by the State of California’s regulatory agency for postsecondary education. At that point, GA had already commenced its efforts to comply with the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) requirements, and we saw it as a positive step for consumer protection and quality in our fledgling industry. Since then, we have been working diligently with state officials, and today we are proud to announce that General Assembly is officially the first (and only) school of its kind to be licensed by the State of California.
Visual-turned-UX designer, Diana, completed the UXDI program in Downtown Los Angeles. Post-course, she teamed up with peers a for the LA Codeathon. Together, they helped design a Jawbone-focused app that helps women get moving and stay moving. Currently, she is focusing on freelance UX and visual design projects in the Los Angeles area. Follow her on Twitter and view her portfolio.
Before her Front-End Web Development course at General Assembly DC, Kaitlynn worked for a small non-profit on Capitol Hill. By merging her Economics degree, business development experience, and desire to have a career in web development, she landed a job at NASA as a Software Engineer.
This past weekend, I attended my very first hackathon, the Ignite International Girls Hackathon at General Assembly. The event, part of IGNITE: Women Fueling Science and Technology, sets out to explore the roles of science and technology to advance gender equality in the tech field.
Unlike most first-time hackathon stories, I was not there to code myself.
Instead, I was there as a mentor for the event’s hackers—the incredible ladies of Girls Who Code. The global event called on girl hackers to help create websites or applications to identify, build, or increase access to safe spaces for women and girls—no easy feat.
Patrice’s idea for starting Fussy, a social network for cosmetologists aiming to achieve their professional goals, stems back to her days as a teenager.A solo non-tech founder, she not only single-handedly manages her business, but she also built her website MVP while learning to code in GA’s Front End Web Development course. Follow her on Twitter: @SpeakPatrice.
Rob, the co-founder and president of Yapper, wants to help you connect with others in a more effective way. Our Mobile Development graduate created this app to reverse the goal of social media. Instead of meeting online, you can now better connect digitally with people who you’ve met in person. Recently, the Yapper team was tasked with organizing Washington’s presence at SXSW 2015. They’ve been named the “Official App of the DC House at SXSW.”
TLDR: If you’re from DC, and you’ll be traveling to SXSW, you should absolutely download Yapper.
We’re heading down to Austin this week—and bringing you along for the ride. Join us for free classes, tech talks, and, of course, a few drinks. Read on to find out where we’ll be getting into trouble, and how you can join in—even from your couch.
By now it’s clear that the technology industry is facing diversity issues. These issues are even more intriguing when you consider that by 2020, traditional universities will only provide enough qualified graduates to fill 30 percent of tech-related jobs. This is why we believe General Assembly’s own philanthropic fellowship program, Opportunity Fund, represents a tremendous chance to create real impact and change.
General Assembly is honored to participate in President Obama’s Tech Hire initiative, which will provide a broader on-ramp to technology skills training. This cause is central to our mission of providing the greatest access to training in design, business and technology —to help people from any background find work they love. Just last week we announced an expansion of this commitment through our partnership with Capital One.
We are energized by the Administration’s bold plan and we look forward to working with them to achieve the goals we have set. The following is the commitment General Assembly has made, as outlined on the official White House Tech Hire site:
From social media strategist to co-founder, Anthony has experienced a journey most people only dream about. Since completing our Product Management course in New York City, he’s been working on his own business venture. His blossoming startup, Hand & Terry, provides affordable, high-quality socks made from only the best raw materials.