Access and Opportunity: Social Impact at GA
We pioneer accelerated training models to empower underrepresented communities in tech and adults with low income. Regardless of previous barriers to education and employment, GA believes everyone should be able to pursue a meaningful career they love.
Making a Meaningful Impact on Diversity, Access, and Socioeconomic Mobility in Tech
Social Impact Objectives at General Assembly
Every person, regardless of their background, deserves the opportunity to achieve their aspirations. Through our partnerships and programming, we aim to:
- Ensure anyone with the passion and readiness to succeed can access GA programs, even if they can’t pay out of pocket.
- Increase representation of women, people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, and veterans in tech roles across a range of industries.
- Build and foster a tech talent pipeline that reflects the diversity of communities where GA operates and the global GA community.
WHAT WE DO
Serving Our Community
GA provides dynamic tech education that covers both hard and soft skills. Together with nonprofits, government leaders, and companies, we work to enable adults from underrepresented groups to unleash their potential and pursue careers in tech.
Our innovative programs, like Adobe Digital Academy and GI Bill®, are designed in collaboration with trusted partners and provide routes to careers in growing fields. We also offer financing options for prospective students who can’t afford the full cost of tuition, such as our partnership with Climb Credit, a merit-based loan program.
Learn about the history of our programs here.
WHO WE ARE
A Leader in Tech Education
Since 2011, GA has transformed tens of thousands of careers with our full-time Immersive programs. Our curricula focus on skills that today’s companies need: software engineering, data science, and user experience design.
In addition to intensive training, Immersive students receive job search support from dedicated career coaches. This ensures graduates are armed with both tech skills and tools for landing a new role.
Success Stories: GA’s Initiatives in the News
The New York Times: A High-Paying Job? Go to App Boot Camp.
Discover how new models of accelerated training create pathways to tech careers, and learn about GA’s efforts in the space from our director of social impact and external affairs.
Fast Company: Our Partnership With Per Scholas
Read the inspiring story of Anthony Pegues, a graduate of our CodeBridge program who landed a new role as a developer at a rising New York City startup.
Adobe’s Digital Academy Supports High-Potential Tech Talent
See how the Adobe Digital Academy program enables motivated students to transform their careers, and learn about the graduates who are now working at Adobe.
For Students: Start Your Journey, Transform Your Career
Who Are GA's Social Impact Students?
GA Social Impact participants are motivated, driven adults who represent a wide range of backgrounds, life experiences, and identities. They come from communities that are underrepresented in the tech sector, and share a passion for learning and a readiness to transform their careers.
Our students also include LGBTQ+ individuals, veterans, people with disabilities, returning workers, single parents, new Americans, and refugees.
"Receiving my WDI* certificate of completion made every all-nighter and the ups and downs of learning a new high-tech skill well worth the effort. When the lightbulb went off in my head, I felt empowered, and I have Adobe Digital Academy and GA to thank!"
Ameer Brown, Web Development Immersive (WDI) and Adobe Digital Academy Graduate
Apply Now for a Scholarship or Partner-Supported Program
Adobe Digital Academy
Connects education with career development through GA’s SEI and a three-month technical internship at Adobe's San Francisco offices.
TechHire - OpenCode
Combines a five-week training program at New York City’s LaGuardia Community College with GA’s SEI program.
Veterans can now use their Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefit to learn software engineering, UX design, and data science at GA New York and GA Washington, D.C.
Break the Glass**
Reach your potential with General Assembly’s Break the Glass tuition discount — an opportunity open to underrepresented groups pursuing software engineering and data science careers.
For Partners: Help Launch Initiatives That Change Lives
Our generous benefactors allow General Assembly to pilot education models that expand access to tech careers and develop innovative, flexible financing instruments. Without our partners, we would not be able to scale and sustain our programs to what they’ve become today.
As thought leaders and trusted partners, they help GA shape robust programs that align with their theory of change. Through these collaborations, we have empowered over 600 people to access GA training and transform their careers.
A group of students from our CodeBridge program, in partnership with Per Scholas.
We work with nonprofit training providers — including LaGuardia Community College, Jobs for the Future, and Per Scholas — to build bridge programs and provide additional capacity to students. These students can take advantage of skills training, supportive services, and career coaching to reach their professional goals.
GA also partners with organizations serving youth and young adults to provide career exposure opportunities and host events on our campuses. We team up with organizations working in hard-to-reach communities to build tech skills by donating our curriculum and training materials.
A CodeBridge student receives his certificate of completion at graduation.
“Together, AT&T and GA are breaking down barriers to create a fairer and more diverse economy, by expanding underrepresented communities’ access to life-changing courses. We are proud to support programs that elevate individuals from all walks of life.”
Anne Wintroub, Director of Social Innovation, AT&T
A Snapshot of GA's Trusted Partners
“GA's team brings strong industry experience as well as technical and educational expertise. The collaborative approach we've developed ensures that each class and every student is supported on their way to a successful career in tech.”
Bridgette Gray, Executive Vice President, Program, Per Scholas
Connect with our Social Impact team to find out about our opportunities, programs, and more.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
* In 2019, Web Development Immersive was updated and relaunched as Software Engineering Immersive.
** Ineligible for NY residents.