WeWork, in collaboration with the Flatiron School, designed a robust 15-week program to give students the skills needed to go from code newbies to in-demand software engineers that requires no upfront tuition.
WeWork is launching Access Labs, a new initiative in collaboration with the Flatiron School to offer access to tech job opportunities through an affordable software engineering program available to lower-income New Yorkers who can’t afford upfront tuition.
“WeWork is committed to giving back to our local communities and launching Access Labs at our Dumbo Heights location is an exciting way to do so,” said Rui Barros, general manager at WeWork for the Tri-State area. “As a growing hub for the tech community, situated next to multiple subway stops, Dumbo is an accessible and inspiring home for this new initiative.”
The Access Labs Initiative, which will be based at WeWork Dumbo Heights, is a robust 15-week modular program designed to give students the skills needed to go from code newbies to in-demand software engineers. The program will be run by the Flatiron School, an accelerated coding and programming school, which was acquired by WeWork last October. Students will learn the fundamentals of coding as well as web programming, app development and building front-end frameworks.
The program is open to students earning less than $35,000 annually and requires no upfront deposit or tuition payment. After students graduate, they will be equipped with a dedicated career coach and given access to a job network to ensure employment within six months. Once they have secured a job, students will begin paying their tuition, which is $15,000. Students who have followed the program’s career guidelines but haven’t found a job within six months of graduation will have their tuition waived, according to WeWork.
Flatiron School co-founder Adam Enbar said Access Labs builds on his belief that educational opportunities should be available to everyone.
“We knew to really be impactful, we had to make it more accessible,” said Enbar, co-founder of the Flatiron School. “Education shouldn’t just be for those who can afford it.”