At Bridge School, we:
- Provide advanced training and professional development by industry experts to women, non-binary and agender tech workers, at no cost to them.
- Empower tech workers and organizations to embed ethics into their everyday decisions.
- Work with organizations to create systemic change within the tech community by helping them build equitable, people-focussed processes.
We believe in a transformed tech community that builds things with integrity by everyone, for everyone.
Why We Do What We Do
By providing support and education to women, agender, and non-binary professionals, we will reduce the likelihood that they leave the industry, increase their access to great companies and jobs, and ensure more of them reach leadership positions. So far, Bridge has helped over 100 developers and designers do just that.
Over 1000 people have applied to Bridge since the beginning of 2017 alone. Students are carefully selected based on two key factors: hireability and existing technical skill. Our application process generates consistent results: hardworking, skilled people who are passionate about professional growth and interested in new opportunities. Find out more about the program here.
Our classes cover:
- Functional programming
- React and Redux
- Git, Continuous Integration, and Continuous Delivery
- Writing valuable unit tests
- Interview skills
- Agile product development and teamwork
Interviewing two to five people a week for the last two years has exposed me to a lot of different candidates. Bridge candidates stand out for their "rubber hits the road" attitude to development, along with rich experiences they often bring from other industries. Bridge graduates also tend to level up at a higher rate than our average developers. Finally, and to me personally one of my favourite things about Bridge graduates, is that their work ethic tends to be exceptionally strong.
Michael Bennett, VP Technology
We teach what we believe is most relevant for early-career product designers - based on previous industry research, and continuous curriculum improvements. Our curriculum is designed to take you through a discovery-based project, all the way from user research and stakeholder facilitation to synthesis, ideation and prototyping and usability testing. You’ll level up your abilities in softer skills as well, and become a more empathetic and ethically minded product designer, who can confidently give critiques, sell, and pitch your work.
Our classes cover:
- User Interviews
- Stakeholder Interviews
- Affinity Mapping
- The Ethical Design Canvas
- Speedy 8’s (A rapid ideation technique)
- Shrek prototyping
- HMW statements
One of the most valuable things I realized was that I was capable of leveling up. If you’re afraid that you’re not ready, this is a great place to begin to recognize that you are ready. You’re able to become better at what you do.
Alyssa Baybayan, Cohort 0 Student
We know there are many excellent initiatives you can put your company's funds and efforts towards to further diversity and inclusion. There's also many online sourcing tools, external recruiters, and other methods of finding talent out there.
But what if you could improve your own company's gender diversity, hire a talented and hardworking developer, and contribute to making the tech community more inclusive overall? Partnering with Bridge is a cost-effective solution to all of these needs. We make it so that you don't have to decide between ROI and the right thing to do.
Our industry has had a diversity problem for decades. We can’t fix it overnight, but if we work together, we’ve proven that we can make meaningful, impactful change in only 11 weeks. If you’d like to be a part of the future of diversity and inclusion in our industry, contact us today for next steps.
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