The City University of New York is moving aggressively to prepare more women for leadership roles in technology fields by expanding its strategic partnership with Revature, a prominent technology talent-development company.
Since CUNY began working with Revature in 2016, more than 3,500 CUNY students and graduates from a range of majors have enrolled in Revature’s tuition-free, noncredit online coding programs. Revature is on track to hire more than 200 CUNY graduates by the end of this year.
While the initial partnership offered online training to CUNY students and alumni regardless of gender, the latest initiative targets women, who are greatly underrepresented in the tech workforce. The application deadline for the new program is Aug. 14, 2017; see http://www.revature.com/witny
“CUNY is extraordinarily pleased with its strategic partnership with Revature and especially with these new initiatives to expand opportunities for women in technology,” said CUNY Chancellor James B. Milliken. “We are enthusiastically committed to increasing the numbers of women in tech disciplines and careers, and our work with Revature and WiTNY is making this possible.” WiTNY, or Women in Technology and Entrepreneurship in New York, is a public-private partnership of CUNY, Cornell Tech and tech companies that aims to significantly increase the number of tech-savvy women in both higher education and New York-area entrepreneurship.
The new women-oriented initiative has three goals:
- Involving recent female CUNY graduates in industry-aligned coding programs designed exclusively for them this fall. Those accepted will be paid during training will have the opportunity to work as software developers for one of Revature’s corporate partners. This program will feature guest lectures by female leaders in technology who can serve as much-needed role models to aspiring female technology professionals.
- Introducing students to the power of coding and building their own small applications, starting with one-day introductory coding classes for freshman women on several CUNY campuses offered by Revature’s online mentors and trainers this fall. The goal will be to encourage these young women to register for an introduction to computer science course, to pursue a degree and, ultimately, enter a career in technology.
- Creating a “rising seniors” program for CUNY women who aspire to be software engineers but have not previously chosen to study computer science. These students can participate in an immersive enterprise-level coding program between their junior and senior years, with additional training provided between terms. Upon graduation, each student can join Revature as a software engineer.
“Despite the growing number of talented women developers, the gender gap in the technology industry remains a significant concern,” said Revature CEO Srikanth Ramachandran. “Revature is closing this gap by working with CUNY, WiTNY and similar organizations. These partnerships allow us to fulfill our mission to cultivate and deliver the next generation of tech talent while breaking down barriers and making technology education accessible for everyone.”
“These new programs will open up innovative and alternative pathways for undergraduate women to find their way into tech careers, establishing a more robust pipeline for the next generation of women leaders in tech,” said WiTNY’s program director Judith Spitz, a former CIO at Verizon.
CUNY’s initial collaboration with Revature created 12-week online and in-person boot camps for CUNY graduates so they could learn the latest enterprise-level, next-generation and niche technology skills at no cost. Revature employs students who complete the training; they receive industry certification and continuing education. The program is expected to train and hire more than 2,000 CUNY graduates over the next five years.
CUNY also offers Revature’s custom online course training, RevaturePro, to current CUNY students and alumni. These courses are designed for both nontechnical and advanced students to learn enterprise-level programing skills at their own pace and receive dedicated support from Revature’s industry mentors. RevaturePro features free online training programs supporting all levels, from beginner to advanced, where students can learn Java, Microsoft.NET and other front-end development languages.
The City University of New York is the nation’s leading urban public university. Founded in 1847, the University comprises 24 institutions: 11 senior colleges, seven community colleges, William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, CUNY Graduate Center, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, CUNY School of Law, CUNY School of Professional Studies and CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. The University serves more than 272,000 degree-seeking students. College Now, the University’s academic enrichment program, is offered at CUNY campuses and more than 400 high schools throughout the five boroughs. The University offers online baccalaureate and master’s degrees through the CUNY School of Professional Studies.
Revature recruits, develops and deploys the next generation of technology talent enabling its corporate partners to succeed and grow. Its mission is to create a pathway where university graduates with diverse backgrounds can build the knowledge, skills and abilities to reach their potential as technology professionals and leverage those talents to contribute to the growth and success of customers. Revature’s role is to provide students with state-of-the-art “last-mile” training at no cost and then a well-paid first job in coding and software development, setting them up for a range of career options. Due in part to its talent development strategy, Revature successfully serves a wide range of Fortune 500 enterprises, government organizations and top systems integrators. Learn more atwww.revature.com
WiTNY is a public/private partnership between CUNY, Cornell Tech and a group of funding corporations led by Verizon and Accenture, with a mission to facilitate, encourage and enable a significant increase in the participation of women in both higher education and entrepreneurship in fields related to technology in the New York market. Through strategic initiatives and purposeful integration with key institutions and programs in the city of New York, WiTNY targets high school girls getting ready for college, undergraduate and graduate women, preparing them to secure a rewarding and lucrative position in the technology industry.