General Assembly Rethinks Training for Next Gen of Coders

This story was reported for NewCo on Jan. 6, 2016.

“If you can do the job, you should get the job.” That’s what President Obama said in March 2015 when he announced TechHire, an initiative to fill tech jobs through accelerated training. Roughly two-thirds of U.S. companies say they have unfilled positions due to a lack of qualified applicants. General Assembly is one of the companies trying to address that.

“We’re ultimately solving the education-to-employment gap,” says Anna Lindow, general manager of campus education and operations at General Assembly. Founded in New York, the school has been around since 2011 and offers courses in fields such as user experience design, data science, and web development. It has trained more than 240,000 students.

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