Fullstack Academy’s Software Engineering is a profiled program in the Plugging In Report.
Who is served: Adults
Number of participants served annually: 900-1000
Location: Financial District, Manhattan
Frequency/Duration: 4-week remote Foundations course (25 hours per week); 13-week full-time Core Curriculum (Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–6:30 p.m. and later)
Eligibility Criteria: Some programming experience is required. Fullstack offers a Bootcamp Prep course that covers the intermediate coding skills required to pass their assessment
Application process: Online application, coding assessment, technical interview via Skype
Skill level: Mid-level, advanced
Outcomes: Most participants (66.7% in the most recent reporting period) are hired for full time software engineering jobs within 180 days of graduating. More statistics here.
Partnerships: Tech Talent Pipeline, Grace Hopper, Bloomberg, American Express, Spotify, Google, and Amazon.
Cost: $17,910 up-front or through loan-based financing. A $1,000 need-based scholarship is available for qualifying women and veterans. In partnership with Tech Talent Pipeline, Fullstack offers a Web Development Fellowship covering the full cost of tuition for 40 qualified New Yorkers each year.
Sources of funding: Tuition
Fullstack is also home to immersive coding programs serving underrepresented communities including the Grace Hopper Program and the NYC Tech Talent Pipeline Web Development Fellowship. Grace Hopper is tech education designed for all women identifying and non-binary students with no upfront tuition cost. The Web Development Fellowship is facilitated in partnership with the City of New York’s Tech Talent Pipeline.
“Working with Tech Talent Pipeline, our partners have been able to help us figure out how to create maximize social economic impact,” said Yang. “They’ve helped us with defining good rules to make sure we are getting people who wouldn’t traditionally get access to programs like this. It’s brought in a whole new demographic.”
What do participants need to succeed?
Fullstack has a competitive admissions process and is not designed for individuals with no prior experience in coding. This means that even those with some experience will need to prepare for the admissions process as well as the full program. Fullstack offers several prep courses for students who are interested in pursuing a bootcamp education but may lack the requisite coding experience. During the program, participants must be able to commit to 10-plus hour days.
What does the organization need? More student awareness to get prospective students to think outside of the box in terms of an education path. The organization also needs funding to continue running a large program in New York City with high quality instructors.