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Even as our nation faces job losses resulting from COVID-19, the prospects for jobs in data, design, and software engineering continue to grow.

That’s why Microsoft created Accelerate – a coalition of community, learning, and civic partnerships to bring subsidized technical skilling and job placement support to cities across the country. Take the first steps toward learning new skills with General Assembly and Microsoft Accelerate in the high-growth career tracks of software engineering and user experience design through this exclusive training opportunity.

Microsoft’s Accelerate program provides students with fully-sponsored skills training through GA’s Software Engineering Immersive (SEI) and User Experience Design Immersive (UXDI).

During the course, GA’s team of expert instructors provides ongoing student performance feedback that helps guide participants to success.

Graduates of GA’s immersive programs are then eligible to receive career support and exclusive hiring opportunities through Microsoft Accelerate.

Begin your journey today, and apply for this exciting opportunity now!

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Your Talent is Needed

Together with key government, community, and corporate partners, Microsoft launched the Accelerate initiative to help close the digital skills gap and build a more inclusive workforce. Accelerate provides access to in-demand digital skills that unlock new career opportunities, remove barriers for underserved communities, and upskill and cross-skill existing digitally fluent populations.

About Accelerate

1. Explore the Curricula & Course Schedule
Take a moment to browse the two course options and how they align with your goals and skills.

How It Works

3. Expect a Response
Within 24–72 hours, you will receive an email or phone call from a GA team member to explain the Admissions process, learn about your background and career goals, and discuss if the course is a good fit for you.

2. Sign Up
Jump to
Get Startedto submit your information.

4. Participate in the Admissions Process
To be accepted into the program, you will need to complete a phone interview.  The application process also includes technical and pre-work assessments to guarantee your place in the program.

Reskill for High-Growth Careers in Your City

There's no better time to learn new skills to advance your career. General Assembly and Microsoft welcome local talent like you to embark on a high-growth technical career through accessible education — no high school diploma or college degree is required.

Get Started

Please fill out this form if you’re interested in joining this program:

See below for a brief description of upcoming GA courses, and click to download the syllabus.

5. Apply for a Fully-Sponsored Accelerate Seat
After being accepted into the program, you will have the opportunity to apply to receive a full-tuition sponsorship by filling out an additional application about your personal and professional history and learning goals.

By providing us with your email, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You also agree to receive email updates from GA and to be contacted by the Initiative partners.

7. Finish the Course & Update Your Resume
Showcase your new skills in an updated resume or LinkedIn profile, and look for new hiring opportunities in your city.

General Assembly transforms careers and companies through leading-edge programs in coding, product management, data analytics, UX design, and digital marketing. Our team has worked with hundreds of companies worldwide — including more than 68 of the Fortune 500 — to upskill, reskill, and revolutionize their teams. With 50,000+ corporate employees trained and 80,000 alumni from our full- and part-time programs, our solutions provide immediate and proven impact.

About General Assembly

Software Engineering Immersive

12 Weeks Full-Time or 24 Weeks Part-Time

Download Syllabus

User Experience Design Immersive

12 Weeks Full-Time or 24 Weeks Part-Time

Download Syllabus

A fully-sponsored seat is not guaranteed. There is a limited quantity of fully-sponsored seats in each participating city, which will be offered based on application quality and merit.

Course Offerings

Join the Accelerate Community of Learners

This program is designed for adults with low incomes and is open to anyone looking to transition careers or simply gain training and experience in tech. When choosing candidates, we will look at two main factors: financial need and merit.

Candidates must meet at least one of the following indicators of financial need:

  • Have you accessed one of the following public benefit programs in the past two years: SNAP, WIC, EITC, Section 8 Housing Voucher, SSI)?
  • Are you eligible for the earned income tax credit (EITC) in the past two years?*
  • Have you been formerly incarcerated and/or justice-system impacted?*  

    Merit: We will consider past career successes, examples of a growth mindset, innovative problem solving, and strong communication skills.

6. Begin the Course
Start your learning journey with one of our virtual classes!

If you are not selected for one of the limited scholarship seats, you will be able to speak with an admissions producer about alternative financing options.