Alchemy Code Lab (formerly Code Fellows PDX) offers the only advanced software development training in Portland. It is an in-person bootcamp taught by experienced industry professionals. Graduates earn an average of $70,000 a year in their first jobs out of the program.

They work at companies like Nike, Jaguar Land Rover, Samsung, Skyward, Eleven Wireless and SoSA Corp.

Code Fellows PDX offers a full-time day track and a part-time nights & weekends track as well as scholarships for women and other under-represented groups in tech.

Founded: 2016

PDX Employees: 8

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Case Study

Diversity Scholarship Program

Less than one quarter of all coders in the Portland region are women, and more than 90% are either White (76%) or Asian (17%). African American, Hispanic or Latino, and other demographic groups account for 20% of our population but fill less than 7% of the high paying coding jobs in our region.

Code Fellows PDX demonstrates a deep knowledge of the issues that discourage underrepresented groups from taking part in the Portland tech community; namely, the disproportionate lack of access to resources that people of color and other low-income people face. Yet increasing the numbers of women and underrepresented populations in the tech industry benefits employers. More diversity in tech means an expanded talent pool, improved team culture, and better products, as well as a path to high-paying, rewarding careers for prospective employees. Code Fellows PDX operates at the intersection of employees and employers by offering a coding instruction curriculum that launches students from all skill levels directly into professional careers. The Code Fellows Diversity Scholarship Fund represents a necessary up-stream intervention in the tech-hire pipeline.

Recipients of the Code Fellows scholarships receive up to 70 percent of tuition. Women, U.S. military veterans, and populations underrepresented in technology (African American, Hispanic, and Native American, including Alaskan and Hawaiian) are eligible to apply. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and the applicant’s ability to meet requirements of both the course and scholarship application.

Key Takeaways

  • A wide array of research shows that people of color are interested in technology careers.
  • Funding in the form of grants and scholarships is limited for code schools, and particularly limited for the most competitive programs.
  • The scholarship fund concept allows for a direct, up-stream intervention that will change the composition of code school cohorts.
  • Diversity Pledge companies that are committed to supporting a diverse tech-hire pipeline should be called upon to invest in diversity scholarships to nurture talent from underrepresented groups.

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Portland tech companies have joined the Diversity & Inclusion Pledge since its initial launch in 2015.

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