The Graduate Accelerator Program (GAP) provides soon-to-be and recent college grads with in-demand technical training to help make them workforce-ready then bridges the gap between education and a role in tech. This program is free of cost to those accepted as it is underwritten by our corporate partners when they hire our graduates.
Candidates begin with our foundational Code Immersion class. After completing their foundational training, they either:
Foundational Training → Self Paced Modules → Advanced Training → Job Placement
As of 2020, there are over 650k open computing roles with only 70k computer science majors graduating annually (about 10% of the requirement needed to fill the demand). Yet unemployment rates are at an all-time high. What does that mean? It means that there is a huge number of people out of work in parallel with an even bigger number of open positions in the market. There is a gap between the skills that these folks have, and the skills they need to get these open roles. And that is where we come in.
As part of our Graduate Accelerator Program (GAP), we recruit individuals from all over the U.S. (you), with various backgrounds and real talent, and reskill them into lucrative long term careers with our hiring partners at no cost to them.
Tech Talent South is a female-led tech education company that builds and connects tech and entrepreneurial ecosystems. Rooted in community and humility, TTS creates immersive and inclusive experiences for both individuals and our corporate partners. The main value that we boast: Our incredibly close-knit community of tech professionals, innovators, and employers. We operate in 12 cities, have trained over 5000 individuals, and have written over 4,192,812 lines of code.
To be eligible for GAP, candidates need to have:
When candidates enroll in GAP, they are agreeing to give their best effort in our training programs and to allow us to place them in a role with our hiring partners. If at the end of 90 days following foundational training we are unable to place them in advanced training or in a role with a hiring partner, they are released from the agreement.
A $3,500 tuition recovery payment would apply if you 1) drop out of the program, 2) fail to complete the program requirements in good faith, or 3) decline the additional training or job opportunities that we offer within 90 days of completing your foundational training.
Why? Our team and partners are investing a lot in your education by enrolling you at no cost so we need you to be committed, willing to put in the necessary work, and ready to pursue a career in tech. Further, we would be accepting you into the program to the detriment of another candidate. Therefore, if you drop out of the program, decline additional training, or decline a job placement, you would essentially be paying an extremely discounted tuition for the foundational training course.
But, if at the end of 90 days we are unable to place you in a role or through additional training, you are released from the agreement and walk away with a free education that would normally cost over $10,000 and you still remain in our talent pipeline where we will continue to place you in front of opportunities.
We have a full-time program that runs Monday through Thursday from 9am EST to 12pm EST and a part-time program that runs Monday and Wednesday nights from 6pm to 9pm EST. Both courses run for 8 weeks. All programs are fully remote and fully live over Zoom, so you do need to be available for class times. Candidates should expect to spend ample time practicing outside of class.
The major difference between the two classes is pace; they cover the same curriculum but part-time moves a bit faster and requires a bit more out-of-class time on projects and homework. If you have the availability to take the full-time course, we recommend this as it is a more immersive experience.
The homework is meant to reinforce and build on what you've learned in class. As each student learns at a different pace, it's difficult to say exactly how much time it would take for you to complete an assignment. We advise that you plan to spend time each day practicing and working on your homework. The most successful candidates tend to spend 2-4 hours practicing for every hour of class time. Ultimately, the effort you put into learning will directly correlate to your success in class.
We create self-paced modules based on in-demand skills that our partners are hiring for. These are designed for your benefit so that you can maximize your time with us and add more skills to your resume. Some will take a few hours, others will take longer. You are expected to complete the necessary modules based on the learning track that you have chosen after speaking with your program manager during the foundational program. These may be topics like agile, software development lifecycle (SDLC), Kubernetes, and more.
Our corporate training programs are much more intensive. To qualify, candidates need to score above 75% on the assessments given in the foundational Code Immersion program. We have two primary models for corporate training: the Talent Activation Program (TAP) and Tech Talent Select.
Our Talent Activation Program is for our absolute top performers. We only invite a small number of people to join this program because you would become a contract employee for us at Tech Talent South. We would pay you to go through the 12-week training, and from there, we look to deploy you out to a corporate partner as a tech consultant on a 3, 6, 9, or 12-month contract basis.
In our Select programs, we create a customized curriculum that mirrors the needs of a hiring partner’s open roles. They have the first pick of program graduates. Those they don’t hire, we help to place with other partners.
Our corporate programs are usually 10-12 weeks long and typically run Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm EST.
Yes, this program is designed to train you on the foundations of full-stack web development. It is an intense and immersive experience; you will learn a lot in a short time period but, if you put in the time and effort, you can succeed. If you are interested in getting a head start, we can provide you with free resources to practice before class begins.
Yes, you must have your own laptop. We strongly encourage students to have a webcam as we find this greatly improves everyone's engagement in class and the overall classroom experience.
There are lots of ways that we will support you on your road to success. When the program begins, our talent success team and program managers will reach out for 1-on-1 calls to check-in, see how you’re doing, and understand your goals. It is really important to keep an open line of communication with them. They’ll review your resume and LinkedIn with you and can run you through technical and behavioral mock interviews. If you need additional support, they can point you in the direction of tutoring or other resources.
Our team and instructors constantly provide feedback to our partners on different metrics like attitude, engagement, attendance, ability to complete work, professionalism and performance on assessments for each candidate because we look at the holistic picture of making sure you’re learning the technical skills you need, but also analyzing soft skills that would make you an integral part of any future team.
After completing your foundational training, we have a 90-day window to help place you through additional training or in a role with our hiring partners. So how does the match process work? We create a talent profile for each candidate that goes into a database that gets shared with our corporate partners. We work directly with hiring managers and talent acquisition teams at various companies. We are your biggest advocate, pressing through communication on the backend to match you with amazing opportunities.
We’re constantly sourcing new corporate partners so the set of employment opportunities will constantly be changing, but we work with a lot of Fortune 500 companies and some of the largest tech consultancy firms in the US. Check out our recent partnership with Lowe’s.
The kinds of roles that our hiring partners are looking to fill vary widely. Some positions are highly technical (ex. Software Developer, Mobile Developer, UX/UI Developer) and others are tech-driven but utilize additional skill sets (ex. Business Analyst, DevOps Engineer, Data Analyst/Specialist). Our hiring partners always take into consideration each candidate's unique background, interests, and skills when considering which open roles would be the best fit for them. While we can't guarantee that you will get a specific kind of job, we do our best to find a role that is a good fit for you.
We place talent in junior to senior-level roles, depending on their skill and experience level. As a TTS alumnus, you can always come back to us when you’re ready for your next opportunity.
We cannot guarantee job placement because, as with any job interview, you still need to demonstrate that you can perform the necessary skills. It’s largely up to you to make sure you are practicing, listening to the feedback, and prepping for any interviews. We’ve lined everything up for you, all you have to do is hit out of the park. There’s a direct correlation between our candidates who are giving it their all and spending hours working through 50-60 practice algorithms a week who tend to get hired more quickly. Just like learning a foreign language, the more you practice, the more confident and natural things become.
We do not have data around this, unfortunately, but we do our very best to find a role for each candidate. It’s our goal to help each candidate succeed and secure meaningful employment.
We encourage everyone to be open to relocation to open up more opportunities. We provide our students with a relocation survey, highlighting the various locations where our partners are hiring. This will vary cohort-to-cohort.
We do not have data around this, unfortunately, but we only partner with companies that pay the current market rate. We would recommend researching the average starting salary for tech roles on the Bureau of Labor Statistics site to get an idea of the market rates for tech roles around the US.
We can provide you with a letter of completion after you successfully finish the program. It would be up to your school as to whether or not they would give you credit for participating in our program.