Geraldina Alverez-Garcia, Jayana Johnson and Natacha Springer aren’t your typical programmers. None of them were coding prodigies or even have computer science degrees. Geraldina worked at odd jobs, Jayana was an administrative assistant and Natacha was a scientist who transitioned to part-time baker after becoming a mom. And yet, after completing the NYC Web Development Fellowship, in partnership with Flatiron School, all three found work as programmers at companies like MasterCard, Kickstarter and VICE media.
In Geraldina’s case, she went from being unemployed to inundated with prospects almost overnight. “Living in NYC on my own has been quite an experience, but I can’t believe how much my life has changed since I completed the NYC Web Development Fellowship. After juggling jobs to pay my rent and struggling with immigration lawyers, the Fellowship provided the opportunity of a lifetime. Today, I’m excited to be working as a software engineer where I am able to do what I love every day.”
From the moment Flatiron School opened its doors in 2012, our mission has been to increase access to high-quality and rigorous software development training programs capable of allowing someone with no prior coding experience – like Geraldina, Jayana and Natacha – to secure a job as a programmer within a matter of months.
That mission has since manifested itself in numerous ways, and one that we’re especially proud of is the NYC Web Development Fellowship. The Fellowship is a 22-week training program designed to equip New Yorkers with the skills needed to launch careers in tech. Offered free of cost through the NYC Tech Talent Pipeline, with support from the Robin Hood Foundation, this iteration of the Fellowship serves foreign born New Yorkers who are authorized to work in the United States. In addition to completing our Full-Stack Web Development program, participants will learn other important skills for the workplace and receive support from our team in finding jobs at some of the city’s largest companies and most exciting startups.
How to apply
We are now pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for the next Fellowship, which begins on June 20, 2016. 36 Fellows will be admitted into this program from a pool of applicants who must:
- Be a resident of NYC
- Be at least 18 years old
- Have no experience as a professional web or mobile developer
- Earn less than $50,000 per year
- Be authorized to work in the United States
- Have been born outside of the United States
According to Flatiron School’s Co-Founder and President, Adam Enbar, “While Flatiron School now provides training to students all over the world through our online campus, being part of New York City’s business and tech landscape is still very much a part of our identity. Because NYC is a uniquely international city, and immigrants are responsible for much of its industry and innovation, we are excited to have this iteration of the Fellowship serve foreign-born New Yorkers.”
For more information and to apply to this program, please click here.