[Hacking Barries To Entry]


A remote learning collaboration to decrease barriers of entry into the tech industry  WITPGH  + Team Treehouse + The Center On Interracial Relationships + Neighborhood Allies 

Applicants: BIPOC Women, 18+ interested in working in the Tech Industry

The Hacking Barriers to Entry pilot program is an entirely remote learning and support program that employs a multi-pronged approach to the popular bootcamp method of learning programming and design related technical skills. The program includes local networking and work-life balance resiliency workshops with a structured 6 month online technical bootcamp featuring tracks for Python, Front-End Web Development, Full-Stack Development, User Experience, and PHP.

While course completion is encouraged, and job placement will be supported for individuals who choose that route; the cohort participation is ultimately to introduce and guide individuals interested in moving into the tech industry in a multitude of ways. While programming and design are the base tracks for these programs; the knowledge gained from the Treehouse Techdegree courses will benefit individuals that choose to move into support, sales, and success portions of the tech industry as well.

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[2020-2021 HB2E Scholars]

Stacey N.
Courtney G.
Gina O.
Sydnie G.
Nyairah H.
Linda T.
Tynneal G.
Rashaa B.
Paula S.
Mia C.

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15 recipients will receive:

  • 6 month access to Treehouse Techdegree Courses
  • Mentorship Pairing
  • Networking and jobs workshops with portfolio building exercises
  • Work-Life balance & resiliency workshops by The Center for Interracial Relationships
  • Portfolio review, networking meetups, and post bootcamp support
  • Job placement support: career and interview coaching


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  • open to BIPOC womxn/women/femmes only
  • must live in Pittsburgh or surrounding county
  • do NOT need to be a US citizen
  • do NOT need to have any tech background

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Who is Eligible to apply?

The Hacking Barriers to Entry program is primarily focused on BIPOC with a priority given to black applicants. This application is open to those who identify as women, trans women, womxn, non-binary, two-spirited, and gender non-conforming. 

This cohort is limited to 15 individuals with no waitlist option. As this is a pilot, we ask participants to consider the time commitment involved as this will require heavy self-motivation and self-driven course completion. 

While previous programming experience is not required, computer skills such as, accessing the internet, e-mailing, and navigating through web pages is required.

Monthly time commitment: +/- 32 hours a month

On average, each course takes 150-190 hours to complete. With an average of 3 hours a day of course work, in addition to one 2 hour workshop attendance per month. 

While the goal of this program is to prepare individuals for job placement support, if immediate job placement support is not intended, applicants are still encouraged to apply but must be willing to complete the cohort in the allotted time frame.

Mentorship meetings will be self driven and will vary in terms of the time commitments each cohort individual and mentor pairing choose to take. We encourage a bi-weekly check-in of 30 minutes. 

Workshop dates and mentorship pairing will be released during cohort onboarding. 

Scholars will be asked to participate in a spotlight interview to share the learning goals, interests, and objectives. However, WITPGH respects the privacy of those who do not wish to participate.

WITPGH is the primary organizer for Hacking Barriers to Entry; as a non-profit WITPGH is always accepting donations to directly sponsor cohort students, as well as further aid digital literacy and technical education workshops and materials open to the public. 

Cohort expectations: 

WITPGH emphasizes positive and collaborative learning initiatives; thereby expecting participants to adhere to the educational conduct and anti-harassment policies of local higher educational organizations.

WITPGH does not tolerate abuse or harassment of any kind; and reserves the right to terminate participation for any participants that cannot agree to these common learning goals. 

WITPGH values privacy and protection of personal data. Privacy policies and data provisions will be strictly adhered to. 

Questions? E-mail: hi@witpgh.org , subject: Hacking Barriers to Entry