Black tech professionals make up just 7% of the high tech sector. At Flatiron School, we see it as our mission to change the diversity makeup in tech. One way we do so is through scholarship and apprenticeship programs to support the success of our Black students in their pursuit of tech careers.
Our John Stanley Ford Fellowship (JSFF) is one such program that was created in conjunction with the family of John Stanley Ford, America’s first Black software engineer, to provide apprenticeship opportunities for Black graduates of Flatiron School.
“Participating in the JSF Fellowship is an opportunity to meet exceptional talent and help move us forward in making sure our internal community truly represents our entire customer community,” said Liz Hall, Chief People Officer at Splash. “We are excited to support our Fellows as they begin to explore their new careers in tech by providing a thoughtful, meaningful, and, of course, fun experience!”
This fellowship program recently celebrated its one-year milestone, and we are pleased to announce the following companies as 2021 hiring partners for the John Stanley Ford Fellowship:
- Giant Machines
- Common App
- Liberty Mutual
JSF hiring partners commit to provide a 4-month-long apprenticeship. Every JSF Fellow should receive weekly and monthly mentorship from the hiring company, along with an opportunity to interview for a full-time position prior to the end of their apprenticeship.
When thinking about the importance of this program on their company culture, our partner at Liberty Mutual had this to say:
“I look to hire people from all backgrounds and create a culture of inclusion across my teams. Through partnerships such as the one with Flatiron, we are creating an environment where diversity of thought, background and expertise are celebrated and where better ideas are developed,” said Mark Moccia, VP & Senior Director of Global Finance Technology at Liberty Mutual. “This is important to me personally because I love working at a company where everyone can bring their true self to work every day and see the impact they are creating.”
Flatiron School is honored to partner with these like-minded businesses that are working diligently to change the diversity landscape in tech.
Commit to become a hiring partner for the John Stanley Ford Fellowship and see what a difference this partnership can have in your organization.