CUNY Expands Partnership With Tech Talent Developer Revature, Paving Way For All Grads To Work In Software Engineering Fields

City University of New York graduates will have the opportunity to participate in a free, four-week introductory coding course that could open the door to a career in software engineering thanks to a newly expanded partnership between the University and Revature, a leading technology talent-development company.

The partnership, Revature at CUNY, was launched in 2016 and gives students hands-on experience with the latest and most in-demand technologies. Revature recently added SPARK, a no-cost program designed for graduates of all majors who want to pursue a career in technology but have little or no prior coding experience. Participants who complete a four-week, instructor-led online course can be hired by Revature to participate in an immersive 12-week onsite training program. The next SPARK online training session begins on Nov. 27, and the deadline to apply is Nov. 17. See revature.com/spark for more information and to apply.

“CUNY’s partnership with Revature has paved the way for many of our students to launch a career in technology,” said Interim Chancellor Vita C. Rabinowitz. “The new SPARK program will open up Revature’s invaluable training programs to every CUNY graduate, regardless of their academic emphasis or prior tech experience, and should greatly expand the success of this relationship.”

More than 100 CUNY graduates who majored or minored in STEM subjects have already been hired and trained by Revature, and moved into careers as software engineers, developers and analysts at Fortune 500 companies and large system integrators.

Among those who have benefitted from Revature at CUNY is AnnMarie Bemberry, who graduated from Medgar Evers College with an English degree in June 2017, then participated in a pilot version of the SPARK program and went on to join Revature’s Women in Technology program.

“The knowledge I have gained in such a short time is truly remarkable,” said Bemberry, who is currently working as a developer for a large software consulting firm in North Carolina. “While I will go through my entire career constantly learning new skills and concepts, Revature has provided me with an excellent, well-rounded foundation that will give me context for everything I do beyond this point.”

CUNY also offers Revature’s custom online course training, RevaturePro, to all current CUNY students and alumni. The free online training supports all levels, from beginner to advanced, and includes software development languages such as Java and Microsoft.NET, among others. Revature has ambitions to offer Revature at CUNY programs to students in each borough, and to hold another women’s boot camp in 2019.

“This was the first public-private partnership to substantially address the technology skills gap and we are proud of what we have jointly accomplished,” said Joe Mitchell, executive vice president at Revature. “Through our partnership, we have benefited greatly from hiring many talented CUNY graduates and we are delighted to see how working together has positively impacted the careers and lives of the graduates we hire. Launching the SPARK program for CUNY graduates will provide us with a platform to hire many more CUNY graduates and meet the growing demand from our corporate clients for highly skilled software engineers.”

Approximately half of the CUNY alumni who have already taken advantage of Revature’s training program have done so at the Campus Tech Incubator at Queens College, and more than a third of those were graduates of Queens College.

“Because Queens College was the first to host Revature as part of the CUNY partnership — and serves more undergraduate computer science majors than any other college in New York City — the success rate of our alumni is deeply gratifying,” said Queens College President Fėlix V. Matos Rodríguez. “Nearly all are now employed in both the private and public sectors nationwide.”

The City University of New York is the nation’s leading urban public university. Founded in 1847, CUNY counts 13 Nobel Prize and 24 MacArthur (“Genius”) grant winners among its alumni. CUNY students, alumni and faculty have garnered scores of other prestigious honors over the years in recognition of historic contributions to the advancement of the sciences, business, the arts and myriad other fields.  The University comprises 25 institutions: 11 senior colleges, seven community colleges, William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, CUNY Graduate Center, Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies, CUNY School of Law, CUNY School of Professional Studies and CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. The University serves more than 275,000 degree-seeking students. CUNY offers online baccalaureate and master’s degrees through the School of Professional Studies.

Revature is a technology talent development company providing a turn-key talent acquisition solution for corporate and government partners and no-cost coding immersion programs for university graduates. We recruit, develop and deploy enterprise-ready technology talent, enabling our corporate partners to succeed and grow. With its unique talent development strategy, Revature successfully serves a wide range of Fortune 500 enterprises, government organizations and top systems integrators.

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