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Many members of Seattle SIM have reached a point in our careers where we find great fulfillment in paying back the debt of those who helped us along the way by reaching back and helping those on their way up today. SIM has a strong program that encourages its members to think about giving back to the community, especially the IT community in the Greater Seattle area, and supporting the advancement of a career in Information Management.
Through the past few years we have seen a growing shortfall of people going into the IT profession. Seattle SIM has chosen to focus our energies on programs that address the recruitment and training of young people for the Information Management field and the Opportunity Divide.
Ada Developers Academy is an innovative non-profit with a mission that Seattle SIM supports. Ada is a training program located in Seattle, Washington for women and non-binary people who want to become software developers. Ada is tuition-free and is comprised of 6 months of full-time classroom training followed by 5 months in a paid industry internship.
Ada is focused on helping Washington State fill a major high-skill labor shortage (over 25,000 unfilled high-skilled jobs and rising). One of the most challenging roles to recruit within this labor pool is for software engineers, and over 85% of programmers are male. The lack of talent, combined with the gender and diversity gap, is a problem for Washington’s economy. To fill the unmet need and to help rectify the lack of diversity in software development, Ada Developers Academy’s mission is to prepare women and non-binary people for productive roles in software developer positions.
Ada has reached 200 Students and Alumni since 2013 with over 2000 learning hours per student. The program is highly selective with a 10% acceptance rate. The program has a 97% job placement rate and the average salary post-graduation is $87,000/year.
Seattle SIM made its first contribution to Ada in 2016, and intends to support Ada’s mission with future contributions.
Year Up's mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. They focus on matching underprivileged youth with opportunities so that they can develop careers in the field of Information Management.
SIM is proud to be a supporter of Year Up Puget Sound, both financially, with annual contributions, and connecting them with corporate partners who are interested in hosting a Year Up intern or hiring a Year Up Alumni. Seattle SIM has been supporting Year Up with annual contributions since 2011.
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