Hack Reactor seeks to bridge the technology divide


Coding bootcamp Hack Reactor recently announced a partnership with TechHire, a government initiative designed to provide computer and technical training in underrepresented communities across America. 

A call to action

chart_openjobsThis partnership is in response to President Obama’s desire “to empower Americans with the skills they need.” Specifically, to help retrain Americans seeking to secure jobs in the fields of technology, science and engineering.

“With over half a million unfilled jobs in information technology across all sectors of the economy,” TechHire and Hack Reactor believe they can play a significant role in offering access to the training and skills traditionally underserved communities and individuals lacked to prepare for jobs in software engineering, web development and IT. As part of its promise, Hack Reactor will open its first school in Oakland, California, this summer. 

Hack Reactor and its mission

Hack Reactor

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Started in 2012 by founders Anthony Phillips, Shawn Drost, Marcus Phillips and Douglas Calhoun, Hack Reactor is a leading coding school that offers classes and programs to diverse populations. Although Hack Reactor is highly selective, only accepting ten to fifteen percent of applicants for each cohort, through the Hack Reactor collective of programming schools the company has succeeded in helping over 1,000 students graduate and acquire high-level skills, ultimately helping them land jobs in high demand tech fields. 

The demand for technical skills and training affects all communities of all socioeconomic levels. Hack Reactor’s refreshing and inclusive approach to underserved communities is allowing more people to receive an education in the growing field of coding, and is in part what makes Hack Reactor a standard bearer for alternative educational services.

Growth and success

After acquiring MakerSquare, a competing coding school, earlier this year, Hack Reactor has gone on to partner with additional companies to expand their extension school campuses. This coding-institution-with-a-conscience has made partnerships that offer programs to communities not traditionally included in the advancement of technological instruction. Recently, a project with the non-profit organization, Last Mile, taught coding to inmates at San Quentin State Prison with hopes to reduce recidivism.

Inmates at  San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif., learn entry-level software development skills

Inmates at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif., learn entry-level software development skills

As the company continues to grow quickly and accept more students, Hack Reactor is committed to ensuring its students will reflect the diverse and varying educational backgrounds of America’s tech savvy population. Although some students have technical degrees before starting the coding school, many others do not. According to Hack Reactor, the company has produced many student success stories, including a homeless student earning six-figures after completion of the coding program.

As Hack Reactor continues to expand throughout the country and in varying communities like Oakland, the company aims to maintain a brand of quality educational service that produces consistent employment outcomes for its students at the highest technical levels.

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