By David Brand
Amazon’s pending arrival in Long Island City will likely open up lucrative jobs for local tech sector workers, but at least one organization is working to ensure that low-income New Yorkers can also share in those opportunities.
Fullstack Academy, an organization that provides tech training and education to New York City residents, announced it will provide relaunch for its Web Development Fellowship in partnership with the City of New York's Tech Talent Pipeline. The fellowship provides scholarships for New Yorkers who earn less than $50,000 a year.
“Even in New York City, where resources abound, many New Yorkers still don't have access to the training they'll need to survive the new tech economy,” said Fullstack Academy co-founder David Yang. “To address this issue, we've partnered with the City of New York to offer a free programming training to low-income city residents. After they graduate and secure substantial salaries, some of that money will flow back into their communities, and without a doubt, their professional networks will benefit other underserved individuals in their personal networks.”
Fullstack is recruiting 40 candidates for a tuition-free education at its coding bootcamp. The program typically costs $17,000 for 17 weeks of full-time study.
Applicants must be at least 18 years old, live in New York City, be authorized to work in the United States and earn less than $50,000 a year. Applicants must also have no prior experience in web development.
This year’s academy will be the third time that Fullstack has offered Web Development Fellowships since 2017. So far, 34 low-income graduates have landed good-paying jobs, Fullstack said.
“New York City is home to several of the leading tech companies in the world with more coming every day,” said Fullstack Academy co-founder Nimit Maru. “Web developers are now and will continue to be in high demand and make good money.”