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Academy Pittsburgh - Equitable High Tech Education

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Participants of the second session of Academy Pittsburgh.
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Participants of the first session of Academy Pittsburgh.
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Academy Pittsburgh’s mission is to create a more equitable technology workforce and to provide economic opportunity to more and different kinds of people. We accomplish this through immersive instructional bootcamps that match curriculum to job market demand via extensive surveying of regional employers and staffing agencies. Bootcamps run 12 weeks and provide over 600 hours of real world, project-based problem solving around sought after technology stacks like the programming languages Ruby, C#, and Javascript. To date, all instruction has been free to participants with an emphasis placed on recruiting women, African Americans, Hispanics, refugees, and veterans into the program.

Since its launch in April, 2016 the following important metrics and outcomes have been recorded: 

Ended July 15, 2016

53% White, 24% African American, 18% Asian
70% Male, 30% Female
Average Age: 30
1 Veteran Participant

Average Annual Income at Start: $26,593
Salary Range Upon Completion: $35,000 - $125,000
Percentage in Industry Related Jobs After Graduation: 87%
First Session Employers include: Truefit, Thread International, Plus Consulting, Identified Tech, Bering Straits Native Company, Drift2 Web Services, Carnegie Mellon - Silicon Valley (Redwood City), and the Washington Post.

Ending December 9, 2016

67% White, 22% African American, 5% Asian, 5% Indian
50% Male, 50% Female
Average Age: 31
1 Refugee Participant

Average Annual Income: at Start: $27,437

Our mission is to continue to expand programming to meet regional job market demand. Future programming includes an evening version of the bootcamp to serve individuals unable to give up their day job. Also, programming for matriculating college freshman sourced from City of Pittsburgh high schools is in development and begins in Spring 2017.

Support from UpPrize would be used to fund development of these new programs and to create new partnerships that will ensure that future programming remains highly affordable or free. Additionally, surveys that 
measure sector growth, the specific skills of the regional technology talent pool, and assessments of intermediate and advanced skills sought by employers will be organized and published.

Keep up with #AcademyPGH2 via our Youtube channel.


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Dan Cherry

about 1 year ago

It feels really good to see something like this in the area! I hope AcademyPGH is around for years to come.

Eric Harvey

about 1 year ago

Josh, John, and the WorkHardPGH Team have done an awesome job with Academy Pittsburgh! To see how far it's come in such a short period of time is incredible. They are truly meeting a demand of the region, and Imagine Careers is proud to be a partner, support their mission, and see them as a part of UpPrize.

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