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Rare partnership brings adults to university for tech boot camp

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Tech boot camp pioneer General Assembly is pairing up with the University of Virginia to help adults launch their digital careers.

Tech and data boot camp pioneer General Assembly (GA) is pairing up with its first university partner to offer intensive courses in technology for adult learners, designed to prepare them for in-demand technology jobs.

This is also the University of Virginia’s (UVA) first foray into the tech boot camp space, an area of expertise for GA, who is not only among the earliest but also the biggest providers of intense short courses in technology fields.

“General Assembly’s focus on teaching the most in-demand skills with powerful career tracking and job placement makes them a natural partner for us to advance people’s careers,” said Alex Hernandez, the dean of UVA’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS). SCPS will be conducting the programme with GA.

“As part of the university’s new strategic plan, SCPS is building programs for working adults where learning leads to opportunity,” Hernandez added.

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With over 20 locations, immersive online offerings, onsite training for Fortune 500 firms and a global community of professionals numbering to nearly one million-strong, GA has made it its key focus to equip workforces with critical 21st-century skills.

Under the arrangement, GE will work with UVA’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) and online higher education provider Noodle Partners to offer 24-week, part-time programmes in software engineering and data science in Washington, D.C., and its Northern Virginia suburbs. 

The programmes, to be taught by industry experts, will emphasise relevant technology skills, job search and placement.

“Adults are returning to college because they’re looking for better job opportunities. This initiative draws on our deep understanding of the skills employers need today,” said Jake Schwartz, CEO of General Assembly. 

“The program is at the same accelerated pace as our immersive programmes, but by embedding it in a university ecosystem, students have a more enriching experience and a wider range of potential outcomes.”

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UVA and GA will also work with Noodle Partners to expand the partnership and offer programmes throughout the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

“We are training a generation of data and tech-driven thinkers, entrepreneurs, and workers,” said John Katzman, CEO of Noodle Partners. 

“We want to increase access to the incredible career opportunities expanding across Virginia.”

The SCPS helps working adults finish their degrees and advance their careers, offering a variety of online and in-person programmes designed for non-residential students, including bachelor’s degree completion programmes, professional certificates, a post-baccalaureate pre-medical programme, and other career accelerators. 

Noodle Partners’ capabilities include working with universities on every aspect of building a certificate or degree programme that they choose, including marketing, student recruitment, enrolment, curriculum design, student engagement, support services, graduate placement and alumni engagement.