We expect to launch our next session in the Summer of 2022, and will be announcing the exact date shortly. Please check our homepage regularly for an update as when we announce the 2022 date, we will also post the enrollment form.
You need a computer with internet access, a LinkedIn profile, legal authorization to work in the U.S., and a passion to learn!
Our program is free to participants, with no financial obligation.
Reskill Americans' charter is to increase access to careers in tech for historically underrepresented minorities. We are primarily informed by the National Science Foundation study on racial representation of minority groups working in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields as well as other published studies on diversity in the technology workforce.
We specifically accept those who self-identify as:
We accept anyone 16 and over. But adults under the age of 18 must have their parents/guardian complete a parental consent waiver. There is no age limit.
You don’t need to purchase any books or materials for this program. Curriculum and courses will be online and at no expense to you.
No, you do not need to have any prior knowledge of software development to enroll in our program. That being said, if you already know which track you want to work in, you can do more research on that track to get familiar with the terms.
Yes, our program is structured for you to complete it on your own schedule as long as you complete your assignments on time. In our 2021 session, many participants took our program while juggling jobs or school; that being said, the program is very rigorous and demands a minimum of 15 hours per week focused on studying, completing assignments, and meeting with mentors and instructors. We will also provide weekly mentor and peer-group video conference calls to accommodate your schedule.
We understand that software development can be overwhelming for a lot of people, especially beginners. We will do all we can to support you throughout the program. If you do decide to leave, you can re-enroll in the next session.
Whatever your level of knowledge is about the industry, our instructors and mentors will meet you at that level and work with you to address your questions. While it is not possible to become an expert in just seven months (expertise takes years of experience), we will give you everything you need to get started and the resources required to grow.
If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, you will need to create one in order to enroll in our program. Your profile should include your photo, along with any professional background, skills or education you might have. Please note, it doesn’t matter what this is: once you start our program, we will work with you to help you enhance your profile as part of our job search support. For additional tips on how to build a good LinkedIn profile, please watch our session with Career Coach and LinkedIn Strategist Teddy Burriss here .
It’s important for us that everyone begins with the Intro Phase, so you can get used to the weekly schedule we require. There is a significant time commitment and we want to ensure that those that begin Phase 1 are know what to expect and are acclimated to our schedule.
Yes, there will be deadlines for each phase that participants must meet to progress through the program.
You will be able to watch the recording of any session that you miss, and you will have the option to meet with your instructor and/or mentors when you have questions and or need help.
Participants who complete the program will receive a certificate of completion in their specific track.
There are no set classes; participants will work individually on assignments and then meet with the instructor and/or mentors at their convenience when they have questions and or need help.
Over seven months, you will learn the fundamental concepts of software development through a range of formats: recorded and live video sessions, training modules, and online video conferences with your instructors and mentors (collectively requiring a minimum of 15 hours a week).
There won’t be weekly classes. Participants will watch recorded video content and complete lessons individually and meet with their instructors when they need help.
There are no final exams in this program. During the different phases of the program, however, you will be required to complete milestones (assignments) in order to continue to the next level. You will have a final project and present in a Demo Day that will demonstrate your knowledge of your new skills.
We will offer a detailed curriculum before you begin the Intro Phase.
Absolutely. We encourage teamwork and often see participants offering to mentor each other. Even if you’re not paired with someone, we still encourage participants to form a study group.
No. In order to successfully complete the program you must successfully move through all phases. If you need more time, you can re-enroll in the next session.
The different tracks, their applications, and career trajectories will be introduced and explained in detail during the orientation week so that you have as much information as possible to make an informed decision.
In the Product Design track, you will learn the following skills: User and Market Research, Wire Framing, User Interface Design, High Fidelity Prototyping, and Usability Testing.
You can use any computer or laptop /desktop, Mac or Windows. A Windows or Macintosh laptop where you can install VS-Code will provide the best experience. In terms of RAM, we recommend at least 4GB.
All the software used will be free - either online or installed on your computer. It is possible to do every part of this program using all online resources, so you just need a computer with a web browser.
Yes, our instructors offer office hours and you will have the opportunity to meet with them individually, if needed.
In the early phases of this program, you will be divided into larger groups to meet with our TAs and Mentors. You will still have the opportunity for 1:1 coaching and office-hours as needed. In the final phases of the course, we have less than 10:1 participant to instructor ratio.
We host virtual Town Halls regularly throughout the program: tech experts participate in a Q&A (questions from both staff and participants) and share details about their career paths, typical day on the jobs, qualities they seek when recruiting, and general career advice. We also host Job Fairs with recruiters who discuss current open roles or internships and how you can apply.
In 2021, we hosted over 20 professionals from a range of companies, including: a developer advocate at Google, a software architect at Microsoft, software leaders at Sonos, a data scientist at Fred Hutchinson, a director of innovation at Bright Machines, an internship recruiter at Amazon, as well as startup entrepreneurs and UX/UI designers. To learn more, check out our YouTube channel or our Partner page.
Throughout the program, we offer assistance with job preparedness and help you market yourself for a new career. We provide training on how to write a compelling resume and LinkedIn profile and opportunities for tech professionals to review them, and we help you promote your work on GitHub. You will also receive interview training and mock interviews from tech professionals.
We are committed to helping you get on a path to a tech career: when you complete the program, the professional training will end, but our job search support and resources will continue.