YWeb Career Academy – coming soon!
What is YWeb Career Academy?
As part of YWCA Evanston/North Shore’s ongoing mission to eliminate racism and empower women, YWeb Academy program provides education in digital skills to traditionally underrepresented or vulnerable populations, such as women of color, survivors of domestic violence, and low-wage workers. YWCA couples this programming with transportation assistance, financial coaching, referrals for affordable childcare, and job coaching and placement to ensure each participant’s success.
The program is part of a national partnership with Google.org, YWCA USA and YWCA Madison. YWCA Evanston/North Shore is partnering locally with Oakton Community College.
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 Evanston/North Shore.
- The program is free to participants.
- Each cohort is composed of 20–25 students.
- Students will be provided with a personal laptop.
- Supportive services include:
- transportation assistance
- financial coaching
- housing assistance
- referrals for affordable childcare
The program will include 400 hours of 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 YWeb Career Academy
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.
Internship and Employment Placement
Upon completion of the course, graduates will be prepared to pursue full-time permanent employment, paid internships or freelance careers in technology through partnerships established by YWCA Evanston/North Shore.
Are you eligible for YWeb?
YWeb Career Academy helps women of color enter the tech field as web developers. Participants must meet the following qualifications:
- High school diploma or its equivalent (or enrolled in a program that will result in a high school diploma or equivalent before completing the Certificate)
- Interested in a career in the IT sector
- Do not have a college degree
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Corporate partnerships will be developed to identify volunteers, advisory committee members, financial support and in-kind donations, and employment and internships placements for program graduates.
Volunteer opportunities include offering specialized guest instructor sessions and mentoring students for the duration of the 14-week program through their first 12 months of employment with the goal of helping them maintain employment. The advisory committee will be comprised of IT professionals who can support the development of the program, provide technical expertise, and actively assist in building job placement and supportive corporate partnerships.