Year Up Program

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Start your IT career with Year Up

If you have been thinking about a career in information technology, but are concerned about the cost of college or your job prospects, Seattle Central has a solution for you.

Starting this spring, Seattle Central College will partner with Year Up to offer a 23-week supported program to get you trained and ready in the field of software development and testing or IT support.

Students accepted into the program will receive tuition support as well as a 26-week-long internship with some of the industry's leading employers such as Amazon, Google, Boeing, Alaska Airlines and more. No student loans are required. You will also earn a stipend through the program, both while you train and during your internship.

Students who complete the program will receive support and guidance in identifying their career placement and a pathway to earn an AAS-T degree and bachelor's degree at Seattle Colleges. Across the country, more than 90 percent of students who complete the Year Up program are employed or enrolled in advanced classes within four months of completion.

Software Development and Test Engineers and IT Support Technicians play a key role in the region's local economy and are quickly becoming some of the nation’s fastest growing careers. This program is a great opportunity to start in the field.

Program begins September 17 | Classes begin September 23, 2019

What to expect from the program:

  1. Financial Aid & Scholarships: Support covering tuition, fees, books, and supplies for the two quarter Software Development & Test or IT Support program at Seattle Central College as well as a weekly stipend during your studies.
  2. Academic Support: Coaching and academic support from Year Up staff
  3. Mentorship & Professional Development: Get career coaching, interview prep and real-world experience through a guaranteed paid internship 

You will take part in:

  1. Year Up Orientation: Required program introduction starts the week of September 17
  2. Computer Programming or IT Support program: Full-time, two quarter program (23 weeks) and an internship (26 weeks)
  3. Professional Development 
  4. Coaching sessions 

Gainful Employment

Learn more about this program’s Gainful Employment information (pdf).

Please email Year Up with questions.

Learn more about Year Up:

Application Process

This program aims to help diverse and/or economically or socially underrepresented students enter the information technology field. However, all students who meet the following basic eligibility requirements should apply.

  • High School Diploma (or GED): A high school transcript or GED completion document is required. 
  • Age: You must be between 18-24 years old
  • Priority application deadline: July 31, 2019
  • Final application deadline: September 2, 2019

Does this program guarantee me a job?

After you complete the 23-week program, you will be guaranteed a paid internship through the Year Up partnership with Seattle Central College upon successful completion of the first two quarters of the program. This is not a guarantee of future employment after the paid internship ends. However, information technology is a high-demand career and you will interact with many employers through professional development, an internship and support with job placement. 

What type of support will I get in the program?

You will have access to financial aid, stipends, a paid internship and job placement, as well as coaching, mentoring, support staff and professional development. 

Can I continue on with my education after the program is finished?

Yes. These programs are designed to give students the option of earning an AAS-T (transfer degree) or even a bachelor's degree in IT Networking from Seattle Central College.

If I am accepted, can I work during the program?

It is recommended that you do not work or reduce your hours during the program. Year Up staff are available to review your financial needs while in the program.

Who should I contact with questions?

Please email Year Up with questions.

About Year Up

Year Up is a one-year, intensive training program that provides talented and motivated, yet underserved young adults, ages 18-24, with a combination of hands-on skills development, coursework eligible for college credit, corporate internships, and wraparound support.

The program emphasizes academic and professional rigor, setting expectations high for quality of work and professional behavior. A strong structure guides students through the steps necessary for achieving success in the classroom and the workplace.