WeWork's Flatiron School Brings Tech Skills Training to San Francisco
"As new members of the Mid-Market community, Flatiron School is committed to creating a job pipeline for residents looking to launch careers in tech, including those traditionally underrepresented in the industry," said Adam Enbar, Flatiron School CEO and Co-Founder. "Over the years, we have helped students across the globe land their dream jobs in tech, and we're thrilled to bring that expertise to San Francisco, one of the most innovative cities in the world."
Flatiron School's San Francisco campus will initially be housed in WeWork's 995 Market Street building, while the permanent space is being built out at WeWork's 1460 Mission Street building in the Mid-Market neighborhood. As Mid-Market continues to evolve, WeWork and Flatiron School are planting roots; bringing member companies, nonprofit organizations, education services, and job opportunities to the neighborhood. WeWork's recent Global Impact Report found that in major U.S. cities, the WeWork economy has an economic multiplier of 2.3. That means every WeWork member supports an additional1.3 jobs across the local economy. In total, the WeWork economy supports approximately 39,000 jobs in the city and counting.
According to LinkedIn's Workforce Development Report San Francisco has one of the most substantial skills gaps in the U.S. across all sectors, including software and IT services. As more companies in the Bay Area demand top tech talent, Flatiron School is uniquely positioned to cultivate and train the next generation tech workforce in the Bay Area. Flatiron School already has a robust network of alumni working for San Francisco based companies, including LinkedIn, Stitch Fix, Apple, and many more."Flatiron School is the only technical school in San Francisco that provides students with direct access to WeWork's community of tech companies and entrepreneurs. This network, paired with Flatiron School's dedicated career coaching, ensures students are set up for success in the job search and in the workplace for years to come," said Flatiron School's San Francisco Campus Director Kunal Dalal. "We are excited to join the Bay Area to help people launch careers in tech and build a workforce more representative of the local community."
At its core, Flatiron School is committed to making tech education more accessible. To support that mission, and reduce financial barriers to education, Income Share Agreements (ISAs) will be available at Flatiron's new San Francisco campus. The ISA allows students to pay tuition (less an upfront deposit) after they have left Flatiron School, and then only after securing an annual income of at least $40,000 (calculated as monthly gross income of at least $3,333.34).
Flatiron School creates opportunities for passionate, dedicated people to change their careers and lives through education. One example is Enrique Torrendell, who worked in the restaurant business before graduating from Flatiron School. Through the company's REACH program, he landed a job as a software engineering apprentice at LinkedIn. He said, "I knew I needed a career change when I thought about my future children asking if I loved what I did. I worried if I didn't follow my dreams, I wouldn't be an inspiration to them, so I took the plunge. After learning to code at Flatiron School, I'm proud to say that I am in a field that I am passionate about, and truly love the work I do."
"Our roots are growing along Mid-Market," said Elton Kwok, General Manager of WeWork's Northern California region. "We know that our success is only as great as our community and are committed to ensuring that businesses and individuals in this area of the city thrive. This includes giving people access to education that enables the pursuit of a better life through our Flatiron school. It's adjacency to tech companies along Mid-Market couldn't be more impactful."
As of today, students can apply for the 15-week Software Engineering course, 15-week Data Science course, and 24-week UX/UI Design course, which all kick off in September 2019. Students who want to study online can also enroll today in Flatiron School's full-time, part-time, and self-paced online courses in Software Engineering, Data Science, and UX/UI Design.
About Flatiron School
Flatiron School is a global school that trains students in 21st century skills like software engineering, data science, and UX/UI Design. Flatiron School's courses have a proven track record of impressive job placement results and include dedicated career coaching, job placement support, and a money-back guarantee (see details). Since its founding in 2012, Flatiron School has graduated thousands of students. Acquired by WeWork in 2017, Flatiron School's mission is to empower people to change things — their careers, their lives, and the world.