The skills you need to launch your new career

 

Through Tech 51, Pursuit and NYCHA connects residents of New York City’s 334 housing developments to the training and career advancement services they need to get their first tech job and build meaningful careers in tech.


Applications are now open for our the Winter Fellowship.

Apply now or RSVP to attend an upcoming info session.

Important Dates:

  • September 8, 2019: Deadline to apply for the Winter Fellowship

  • November 17, 2019: First day of class for Winter Cycle, Nights & Weekends

  • November 18, 2019: First day of class for Winter Cycle, Daytime

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Pursuit Fellows from NYCHA

 
 
 
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FROM DATA ENTRY TO SOFTWARE ENGINEER AT CONDÉ NAST

Eric Liu

Drew-Hamilton Houses

 
 
 

FROM DONATIONS COORDINATOR TO SOFTWARE ENGINEER AT BARCLAYS BANK

Vanessa Mack

Ravenswood

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Not a short-term bootcamp

 

Pursuit offers a four-year journey. First, a 10- or 12- month intensive training course to get your first tech job. Then, three years of one-on-one support to help you thrive in your career.


 
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Hired at leading tech companies

 
 

Pursuit graduates are writing code as software developers at innovative tech companies.

 

 
 
 
 

From $18k to $85k

Our programs are life changing. Graduate annual salaries on average have over quadrupled.

Average Graduate Annual Income

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What will I learn?

 

It all starts with the Core phase. Our comprehensive curriculum requires no prior experience with coding and is designed to get you industry-ready across three dimensions.

 
 

1. Technical Mastery

Start with computer science fundamentals and work your way to full-scale app development.  Learn the best practices of clean coding, testing, and how to use top industry tools.

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2. Professional Skills

Build your personal brand, sharpen your interview skills, and get ready to navigate the professional environment, from job search to promotion and beyond.

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3. Industry Fluency

Expand your network by meeting a wide array of technologists. Learn about venture capital, entrepreneurship, and innovative topics like blockchain and machine learning from industry experts.

 
 

Build real world projects

 

Our Fellows work collaboratively in teams, guided by our expert instructors and volunteers. Everyone ships multiple products during the course of the program.

 
 
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Mozi is a low-cost DIY robot designed to help kids learn how to code. Powered by an Arduino microprocessor and the Google Blockly visual programming editor, Mozi is fully customizable and fun to build.

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Pencraft is redefining mobile gaming through its innovative game controller. Utilizing the built in magnometer on Apple devices, Pencraft enables new ways of playing games and interacting with mobile devices.

 
 
 

Intensive and rigorous program schedule

The program is challenging and demanding to ensure that we train quality programmers.

 
 

We offer a daytime program as well as a nights and weekend schedule. The daytime program is 10 months and the nights and weekend program is 12 months.

 
 
 

1. Daytime Schedule (10 months)

 
 
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Our Daytime Core class meets Monday through Friday, approximately 40 hours per week, over a 10-month period.  

 
 

 

2. Nights and Weekends Schedule (12 months)

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Our Nights/Weekend Core class meets all day Saturday and Sunday and in the evenings Monday through Wednesday, approximately 25 hours per week, over a 12-month period.

 
 
 

What we look for in our selections process

 
 

1. Need

We aim to create opportunities through technology. All applicants must demonstrate economic need to qualify. Applicants may demonstrate need if they are unemployed, underemployed, or are currently receiving public benefits such as unemployment insurance, Medicaid, subsidized housing, nutrition or income support.

2. Potential

We're looking for dedicated and passionate individuals with demonstrated potential to succeed. No coding experience is required, but participants will need to give it their all throughout the entire length of the program, including participating during all scheduled classes, workshops, and program events.

 
 

We highly encourage women, underrepresented minorities, and those without college degrees to apply. 


 
 

Eligibility Criteria

 
 

In order to be eligible for the program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • 18 or older

  • Committed to working as a full-stack or mobile developer after graduating

  • Annual salary of no more than $45,000

  • A resident of the New York metropolitan area

  • Eligible to work in the United States

  • Able to participate in all scheduled program classes, workshops, and program events for the full duration of the program

You may not be a strong candidate if:

  • You currently intend to simultaneously pursue a full-time commitment to another course of study or training

  • You’ve previously graduated from a highly selective academic institution (undergraduate or graduate)

  • You hold an advanced degree in the field of computer science or a related technical field, or have already graduated from a software development program

  • You possess the financial means or support to acquire the technical, professional, and industry skills offered

 
 
 
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The 2019 program

 
 

The Pursuit cohort for 2019 will have a total of 216 students across 6 classes of 36 students each.

Pursuit currently offers three different programming languages: Full-stack Web, iOS, and Android.

 

Upcoming September & November classes

iOS Mobile Development

Schedule: Daytime
Program Length: 10 months
In-class Hours/Week: 40 hours

Full-stack Web

Schedule: Nights and Weekend
Program Length: 12 months
In-class Hours/Week: 25 hours

 
 

How much does it cost?

 

$0 upfront + 12% of future income for 3 years upon getting a tech job above $60,000

 
 

There are no loans, no debt, and zero upfront costs for the program. Instead, you'll pay 12% of future earnings for three years after you get your first tech job, but only if your annual salary is at least $60,000. If you don't get a tech job or make above that salary threshold, you won’t have to start paying.

Our programs are made possible through our Pursuit Bond which links our funding model to our outcomes.

 
 
 
 

How do I apply?

 

The rigorous application process is designed to help identity qualified candidates with need and potential.

 
 

Step 1

Application

Fill out our online application with your background info and questions via the Pursuit website. During the initial application stage, we are looking for candidates that fit our target demographic, are committed to learning, and demonstrate passion for building a new career in technology.

Step 2

Interview & Testing

Select candidates from the applicant pool will be invited to an in-person interview and problem-solving session led by engineers, experts, and other volunteers from our community. It's an opportunity for us to get to know you better and for you to get to know us. Candidates will also be asked to complete a 1 hour math and logic test.

Step 3

2-day Workshop

We'll invite select candidates to participate in a 2-day sample coding workshop. The workshop recreates the class environment to give you an understanding of the intensity of the program and type of learning environment. There will be assessments to help understand how much you've learned over the course of the workshop.

 

Applications for now open for the November class.

 

Have additional questions? Reach out to us at core@pursuit.org

 
 
 

Fellowship Info Sessions

Join us at an Info Session at Pursuit HQ in Long Island City or at NYCHA locations across New York to learn more about the program.