Flatiron School introduced two new learning structures that provide expanded learning options to students. Students can now choose between Live (full-time) and Flex (choose your pace) learning for Software Engineering, Data Science, and Cybersecurity Analytics. Students can still rely on the same immersive experience, professional instructors, and dedicated career-coaching benefits they came to love.
So what is the difference between Live and Flex? We sat down with David Jordan, Flatiron School’s Senior Director, Flex Program, to find out how prospective students can select the option that is right for them and apply for the program.
There are now two ways that students can choose to learn online with Flatiron School:
Why all of these changes to Flatiron School’s Online program?
David: The year 2020 ended with many learnings for both individuals and businesses. We emerged from the unexpected with a greater appreciation of online collaboration and as a society, we truly learned that adaptability is vital for success.
Our students are remarkable. From balancing families to juggling multiple jobs, they continue to conquer the seemingly impossible, all while changing their careers in pursuit of a better life. They are the learners of the future.
As an educational institution, it is our responsibility to remain focused on the future as well. We will never stop evolving to fit the needs of our students. As Flatiron School continues to grow, we will continue to push ourselves to provide the best possible experience for our students. These new options will allow students to learn in a way that's right for them, their current life, and their future career goals.
What should students’ expectations be for outcomes from these programs? Will any of these paths get students jobs?
David: All of Flatiron School’s programs are focused on getting students ready for jobs when they graduate. Every program has the tools and resources for students to succeed; it just depends on what pace that you want to learn. In addition to our rigorous curriculum, we have an amazing Career Services team that works closely with each graduate as they enter the workforce with their new skills.
Need proof of the strength of our program? Our Jobs Report (examined by an independent third party) showcases how recent graduates have done in the job market.
What is the ideal type of student for each of these options?
David: The beauty of having these programs is that they can appeal to a variety of different students from different lifestyles. Whether you have childcare responsibilities or work full-time, we created Live and Flex to allow students to build the educational experience that works for them.
Live students primarily want:
Flex students primarily want:
I’d like to note that people often think you have to choose between a structured learning environment or having flexible options. Make no mistake, these are not mutually exclusive. From Live to Flex, we have created a spectrum of options allowing students to craft a balanced experience… just for them.
Having options is especially important as we strive to expand access to tech careers. Flatiron School has a variety of programs that aim to serve populations historically underrepresented in tech. From the woman in tech that just happens to also be a mom, to the young student who grew up in a low-income household, Flatiron School celebrates inclusion. From our diversity scholarship and fellowship initiatives to the creation of these new learning options, I feel proud to know that we will reach even more talented students nationwide.
What’s the next step for any prospective students who read this article and want to learn more?
David: Our admissions team cannot wait to welcome more people into the Flatiron family. You probably have a lot of questions after reading this article, and they have answers. Schedule a 10-minute chat with our team to get started.
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