The Seattle-based, tuition-free coding school for women, which we featured last week on GeekWire, will end its formal incubation period with the Tech Alliance and begin transitioning to a standalone non-profit.
“One of the Tech Alliance’s greatest strengths is identifying a need, developing a solution, and finding the right people to make it work,” Susannah Malarkey, Executive Director of the Tech Alliance and co-founder of Ada Developers Academy, said in a statement. “We’re proud that Ada has met with such success, and are looking forward to its next chapter.”
Founded in 2013, Ada offers a year-long software development program that includes six months of intense classroom instruction followed by six months at an internship. Tuition is free thanks to corporate sponsors like Expedia and Zillow that help shape the program’s curriculum, provide mentorship, and offer internships to the students that provide a bridge between the classroom and the real world.
Ada graduated its first cohort of 15 students this past October — all of whom received job offers with an average salary of $75,000 — and is currently underway with its second group of 24 students that were selected from an applicant pool of more than 200.
The academy also announced today that it will kick off its third session this May. Applications for that class will be accepted between Feb. 9 and Feb. 23. Those interested can apply here.