Flatiron School announced at its launch party, held at WeWork White House this month, that it would be giving a $5,000 scholarship to every woman accepted into their first class held in the area. The code school, based out of New York City, was acquired by the co-working giant back in October.
“Flatiron is committed to breaking down barriers and making gender parity in tech a reality, and we’re excited to offer every woman accepted into our first D.C. class a $5,000 scholarship,” said Adam Enbar, CEO of Flatiron School. “Flatiron D.C. will be our first campus outside of New York City and one of the reasons we chose Washington, D.C. is because of its diversity,” said Enbar.
Flatiron will have a dedicated space at the White House coworking location with two classrooms and a large common area, with the space under construction now.
The evening offered a panel discussion on the local tech scene from startup players Elizabeth Lindsey, Executive Director of Byte Back, Amelia Friedman, Co-Founder of Hatch and Ryan Ross, Program Director of Halcyon House.
Most of the crowd attending the launch came from local education startup 2U, which announced a deal earlier in the week to license and develop Learn.co, a platform for WeWork members. As part of this arrangement, 2U will offer $5 million in scholarships to community members to access their graduate classes and online short courses.
While there has undoubtedly been shakeups in the local code school marketplace, Flatiron School is focused on making technology education more accessible by creating a community of lifelong learners.
The first cohort of Flatiron classes begin on March 12.
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