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Flatiron School partners with NYC’s Department of Small Business Services (SBS) to address income gap

By Flatiron SchoolFebruary 10, 2020

At Flatiron School, our mission is to enable the pursuit of a better life through education. Founded in the Flatiron district of Manhattan, we began as a small school committed to helping passionate people learn to code—and, equally important, supporting our students as they launch careers in tech through an immersive curriculum, supportive community, and dedicated career coaching.

While we’ve grown to 11 campuses across the United States and in London, New York City is home to our headquarters and so many of our amazing alums.  That’s why we’re thrilled to announce our $1.3 million partnership with The Department of Small Business Services (SBS) and the NYC Tech Talent Pipeline to help NYC residents break into the tech industry and achieve economic mobility. 

The NYC Web Development Fellowship at Flatiron School will train 75 eligible New Yorkers in software engineering, on our Brooklyn campus in Dumbo. In order to qualify, residents must not have any prior paid experience in web development or software engineering and be currently making under $50,000 annually (see additional eligibility criteria here).

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Living in New York is far from easy, and the income gap continues to grow. According to the 2018 Self-Sufficiency Standard Report, 2.5 million residents can’t afford basic necessities such as food, housing, health care and child care. And while there are more than 20,000 software engineering jobs available in the New York metro area, there are still significant barriers to entry for those aiming to reskill and increase their income.

“The cost of living in New York City continues to rise, and with nearly half of New York City households making less than $50,000 it is pivotal that we open pathways to education, like this fellowship, to help people achieve economic mobility,” said Adam Enbar, our Co-Founder and CEO of Flatiron School. “We are thrilled that the City of New York chose to trust us with the incredible opportunity of empowering residents with the skills they need to advance their careers and their lives.” 

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Our nineteen-week software engineering program will aim to prepare local residents for, and connect them to, those plentiful job opportunities. Not only will you gain the technical skills to become full-stack developers, you’ll also be taught valuable professional skills including how to work within a tech team, ace a technical interview, and communicate professionally, to ensure long-term success in any workplace.

As the final piece of the program and after the program has concluded, you’ll work closely with Flatiron School’s Career Services department and be connected to employment opportunities with NYC-based tech companies. 

We’re proud to partner with the city of New York to support NYC residents as they work towards a better, brighter future.

“As New York City’s tech sector continues to grow, the NYC Web Development Fellowship ensures that participants harness their potential and receive the skills necessary to begin their profession in the tech industry,” said Gregg Bishop, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services. “These industry-informed trainings provide an opportunity for a lucrative career in an ever-evolving tech sector.”

To learn more about the NYC Web Development Fellowship and to apply, click here.  

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