Technology Alliance and Bellevue College Announce Partnership in Support of Ada Developers Academy
Bellevue College Continuing Education to award Certificates of Completion to students of year-long intensive software training program for women
SEATTLE, WA – May 5, 2014 — The Technology Alliance and Bellevue College Continuing Education have joined forces to offer a Certificate of Completion to students of the Ada Developers Academy (Ada), the programming school for women launched in 2013. The certificate will be granted to students in Ada’s inaugural class upon completion of their internships with one of thirteen local technology companies, including EMC Isilon, Expedia, Marchex, and Zillow.
“We are pleased to partner with the Technology Alliance and Ada to help expand the technical workforce in our state by supporting this alternative pathway to software careers,” said Janis Machala, Executive Dean for Corporate and Continuing Education at Bellevue College. “Bellevue College’s Continuing Education offerings afford the ability to add just-in-time skills to another degree and move talented individuals into a new career direction, and the Ada model aligns perfectly with that goal.”
Ada trains women who do not have prior programming experience but demonstrate high aptitude and interest for careers in the software industry, where there is a significant and long-standing gender gap. It combines six months of intensive classroom instruction with six months of internship experience at Puget Sound-area technology businesses.
“Bellevue College is recognizing the rigor of the Ada curriculum and validating our model for preparing more Washington citizens for software careers,” said Susannah Malarkey, Executive Director of the Technology Alliance. “We are looking forward to a long and productive partnership with the college to help meet the acute and growing demand for diverse programming talent.”
The students in Ada’s inaugural class officially begin their internships today. Ada will welcome its second cohort of students in September 2014.
Founded in 2013, Ada Developers Academy (Ada) is an intensive software developer training school for women. It combines six months of classroom instruction in cutting-edge web technologies with six months of apprenticeship at a Puget Sound-area tech business. Ada Developers Academy is a program of the Technology Alliance and also has support from Washington State’s Department of Commerce, individual donors, and participating companies.
About the Technology Alliance
The Technology Alliance is a statewide, not-for-profit organization of leaders from Washington's innovative businesses and research institutions united by our vision of a vibrant, technology-based innovation economy that benefits all of our state's citizens. Our work is organized around the drivers of Washington’s long-term competitiveness: an educated workforce, strong research capacity, and a robust entrepreneurial environment.
About Bellevue College
Bellevue College is the third largest educational institutions in Washington State. BC offers associate degree programs covering the first two years of a college education as well as four-year bachelor’s degrees, certificates and continuing education programs in more than 90 professional and technical fields, such as information technology, telecommunications, business, education, health and public safety.
About Bellevue College Continuing Education
Bellevue College Continuing Education serves the needs of business, industry, and the entire community with high-quality, relevant classes taught by experienced professionals. With over 1,900 classes taught each year, BC CE offers the most comprehensive selection of courses among technical and community colleges in Washington State. This selection provides a wide array of opportunities for the lifelong learner to develop business acumen or technical skills or take courses for personal enrichment.