SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF., May 28, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Hack Reactor group of in-person and online programming schools focused on student career outcomes – which graduates over 1,000 Software Engineers annually – announced the launch of partner school, Telegraph Academy, to pave the pathway to successful tech careers for underrepresented minorities. Telegraph Academy is one of the first schools under President Obama's TechHire initiative, which aims to provide skills training to Americans across a range of growth sectors. The school is currently located in Berkeley, Calif. and will relocate to Oakland in early 2016. Telegraph Academy will use Hack Reactor's intensive three-month curriculum to train full-stack Software Engineers. Applications are now being accepted for the first cohort, which starts June 29.
"In 2014, African Americans and Latinos comprised 28% of the American workforce, but among tech workers, they were in single digits combined. They are the fastest-growing populations in the country, yet in the tech industry, there is a huge race disparity," says Telegraph Academy Cofounder Albrey Brown. "The market is absolutely there for skilled, motivated Software Engineers. We're building a bridge from employer needs to people of color looking to get into software engineering, helping to solve the skills gap and increasing diversity in tech."
Brown was recently nominated for the REGISTRY's 40 Under 40: Diversity Tech award, which recognizes "outstanding achievements of 40 leaders from underrepresented communities of color, under the age of 40, who are standouts in their field of technology." Recipients will be honored at a ceremony at Stanford University in September.
"Telegraph Academy is an incredibly inclusive new pipeline to tech jobs," says Hack Reactor Cofounder Shawn Drost. "They've set up guaranteed financing for all students, opened their doors to all skill levels and established strong partnerships with diversity outreach groups."
With San Francisco and Silicon Valley firmly entrenched as the country's biggest tech hubs, companies and startups are looking to California's East Bay as a promising and accessible area to expand, as well as a desirable place to live. Pandora, Ask.com, Sungevity, Kaiser Permanente and Goldie Blox are some of the major tech employers headquartered in the area. Telegraph Academy will also work with the Hack Reactor Hiring Network of over 200 companies to facilitate a fruitful job search for its graduates.
Telegraph Academy is a part of the White House's TechHire initiative, which aims to bring skills training in high-growth areas to communities across the U.S. This initiative aligns with Hack Reactor's twofold mission of data-driven education and empowering people.
"Right now, America has more open jobs than at any point since 2001," said President Obama, while announcing the TechHire program. "And more than half a million openings are in tech....Tech jobs pay one-and-a-half times the average private sector wage, so they're great pathways to the middle class. And what's more, a highly trained workforce is vital for America's long-term global economic leadership. It attracts more entrepreneurship; it attracts investors from overseas because they're looking for an outstanding workforce."
"If you can consistently show up motivated and ready to work, we will train you to be a professional Software Engineer," says Telegraph Academy Cofounder Bianca Gandolfo. "We are tearing down the once-giant barriers of money and prior education, to bring capable people of all backgrounds into tech."
The need for efficient, effective skills training is stronger than ever and Hack Reactor's partnership with Telegraph Academy aims to be a solution in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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