What is Access Code?

Access Code is a 10-month software development program that trains talented adults from underserved populations to become industry ready programmers and helps get them tech jobs at leading companies.


 
 

At a Glance

Creating New Pathways to Tech Careers

 

Diverse

At least 50% women, 50% underrepresented minorities, 50% immigrants, and 60% without 4-year college degrees.

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Pay It Forward Commitment

There are no upfront costs. Instead, all participants commit to paying a percentage of their first two year’s salary back to C4Q to help fund future cohorts.

Salary Increase

Graduates have tripled their annual income from $18,000 to over $80,000 with jobs at leading tech companies.

Focus on In-Demand Skills

Access Code teaches the fundamentals of programming across Android, iOS, or web to ensure up-to-date skills and knowledge.

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Comprehensive Learning

In addition to technical training, the curriculum covers entrepreneurship, professional skills, and career readiness.

Intensive 10 Months

The course requires full-time commitment and absolute dedication from all participants, with 80+ hours of course work in and out of class.

 

Access Code Overview

Program Components

Over the course of 10-months, students spend 80+ hours each week learning to code. From collaborating in hackathons to launching products at Demo Day, Access Code is fully immersive, designed to train industry ready developers.

 

Technical

Master the fundamentals of programming.
Build and publish a mobile app Learn best practices and how to use top industry tools

Entrepreneurship

Learn about product development, venture capital, and entrepreneurial concepts from industry experts.
Expand your network by meeting startup founders and technologists

Career Readiness

Build your technical resume and portfolio
Pitch your app and business idea at Demo Day
Prepare for technical interviews and joining the tech sector

 

Our Goal

A Diverse & Inclusive Tech Community

We believe that people from every community—across gender, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds—should have the opportunity to learn to code, gain jobs in tech, and create companies of the future. Access Code cohorts are designed to be fully representative of the greater New York City community.

Access Code 3.1 Cohort

Access Code 3.1 Cohort

Access Code 2.1 and 2.2 Cohorts

Access Code 2.1 and 2.2 Cohorts

 
 

Curriculum and Instruction

Built and Taught by Industry Experts

From student selection to curriculum development to class instruction, Access Code is led by professionals and experts from tech companies and startups. The curriculum is designed by our Brain Trust of leading technologists and mobile engineers to ensure that all graduates are equipped with the most up-to-date and in-demand skills.


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Employers

Hired at Leading Companies

Access Code alumni are working at the top tech companies, building the tech community, and launching startups of their own.

 
 

Design. Build. Launch.

Student Projects

Access Code developers work collaboratively in teams and master industry tools. Utilizing technical skills as well as product development and UI/UX training, every Access Code graduate ships real world products during the course of the program.

 

 

Pencraft is redefining mobile gaming through its innovative game controller. Utilizing the built in magnometer on Apple devices, Pencraft enables new ways of playing games and interacting with mobile devices.


 

Mozi is a low-cost DIY robot designed to help kids learn how to code. Powered by an Arduino microprocessor and the Google Blockly visual programming editor, Mozi is fully customizable and fun to build.

 

Zetron

Zetron reimagines the game of tag as a smartphone-powered active multiplayer experience. Run, jump, and join the chase to avoid the infected evil Zetron virus!

 
 

Sponsors

Access Code is made possible with the support of our generous funders and sponsors.

 

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Hire

Our Access Code developers represent the best talent coming from NYC. Learn more about how to hire one of our developers or become a hiring partner.

Volunteer

C4Q is empowered by our dedicated volunteer community. From teaching to mentoring to speaking at a class, there are many ways to get involved and help us grow.