The next YWeb session is July 5 – October 9, 2021.
What is YWeb Career Academy?
As part of YWCA Allentown’s ongoing mission to eliminate racism and empower women, the YWeb Career Academy program provides education in digital skills to traditionally underrepresented or vulnerable populations, such as women of color, survivors of domestic violence, those unemployed or displaced due to COVID-19, and low-wage workers. YWCA Allentown couples this programming with referrals for supportive services and job coaching to ensure each participant’s success.
The program is part of a national partnership with Google.org and YWCA USA.
Upon completion of the online course, students will have opportunities to pursue full-time permanent employment, a paid internship or freelance careers in technology through partnerships established by YWCA Allentown.
- Free to participants
- 14 weeks in length
- Completely virtual, online learning experience
- 20–25 students per cohort
- Personal laptop provided if needed
- Support services provided if needed
The program will include intensive technical training. Students are expected to complete job-related projects and work outside of class time and to be actively engaged in the learning process.
- Project management
- Interview practice
- Resume writing
Students will also receive soft skills training, including situational workplace judgment, active listening, communication skills, and problem-solving. Hard skills, such as technical training, are required to get a job but people skills will open future doors and assist in sustaining and building relationships.
Graduates of the YWeb Career Academy will be prepared for entry level employment as a Front End UI Developer. All graduates will have the knowledge and skill sets needed to implement web design and practice development principles to create and maintain stable web based software. Program graduates will be able to:
- Implement web design and have confident and strong development principles to build stable web software.
- Collaborate closely with teams to support projects during all phases of delivery.
- Build websites which are responsive and usable.
- Monitor website performance and rectify front-end-related issues.
- Communicate technical issues in an understandable manner to the team and clients.
- Identify innovative ideas and proof of concepts according to project requirements.
- Maintain an organized workflow using a project management tool (like GitHub).
- Test to identify bugs and technical issues before and after deploying.
- Document bug reports, tickets, and any code changes.
Are You Eligible?
YWeb is open to all with preferred enrollment opportunities for women, people of color, those who have not completed a bachelor’s degree, and those who receive a referral through a partner agency. Participants must have a high school diploma or equivalent (or enrolled in a program that will result in a high school diploma or equivalent before completing the Certificate) and be interested in a career in the IT sector.
Attend an orientation to learn more
Interested in applying? Register for the next orientation session on March 15, 2021 at 10:00am.
Or watch the orientation video below to learn what the program is all about.