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February 4, 2015 at 5:39 PM

Ada Academy returns to launch more women’s tech careers

One of Seattle’s more uplifting tech programs is returning to train more women to become software developers.

Ada Developers Academy will begin taking applications Monday for a third session of free training for women interested in tech careers. The yearlong, full-time program includes classroom training, internships and mentoring from more than a dozen area companies such as Amazon.com, Expedia, Zillow, Redfin and Nordstrom.

All 15 graduates of the academy’s inaugural class received job offer,s with average starting salaries of $75,000, making it one of the best tech deals anywhere for the lucky few who are admitted. The second session — which will produce graduates in August — drew more than 200 applications for 24 spots.

The academy, named for computing visionary Ada Lovelace, started in 2013. It was funded by a federal grant and sponsored by the state Technology Alliance. It’s now being spun out as an independent nonprofit.

“We tailored the program to provide women a path into the industry, and it’s clearly working,” co-founder Elise Worthy said in a release. “We can’t wait to build on that success with our next class of students. The momentum of this program is proof positive of the community support for improving gender diversity in our tech workforce.”

Applications are being taken from Feb. 9 to 23 and classed are scheduled to begin May 4. More information is available at adadevelopersacademy.org/applicants.

 

 

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