Year Up Bay Area Partners with Diablo Valley College to Boost College Completion and Help Meet Market Demand

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The partnership will allow Year Up Bay Area to serve more than 480 students annually where students will begin taking classes in August 2017

Continuing to scale its innovative and effective approach to job training, Year Up Bay Area (YUBA) announced today its partnership with Diablo Valley College to help meet market demand for skilled entry-level talent in the East Bay.

The first cohort will begin taking Year Up classes and college classes at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill in August 2017. The new location, which will be known as Year Up Bay Area at Diablo Valley College will allow YUBA to serve an additional 40 students in 2017 on the college campus and an additional 80 students each year after starting in 2018.

The program provides low-income young adults in the Bay Area with a viable path to professional careers and college completion at no cost to them. Students spend one semester gaining technical and professional skills in Information Technology, and one semester participating in a credit-bearing internship at a top local company. They then have the opportunity to continue with their studies with the goal of bachelor’s degree attainment.

"We are pleased to have the opportunity to partner with Year Up. This is an exciting program that is designed to bring new students to our college as well as providing a new programmatic opportunity for our existing students. We look forward to learning from the phenomenal success that Year Up has had with their students at other community colleges nationwide and are eager to watch as their high expectation, high support model brings the same outcomes to students at Diablo Valley College," said DVC interim president, Ted Wieden.

“In partnership with Diablo Valley College, even more young adults will have access to the professional opportunities that this period of prosperity brings to the Bay Area. The young adults in our community enter the workplace with a competitive advantage: the motivation, adaptability and perseverance gained as a result of overcoming adversities of the opportunity divide. This new site will bring together the strength of DVC as an educational institution, the demand for talent from our corporate partners, and the wrap-around support and career-readiness of the Year Up program. Together, we can transform the landscape of opportunity for young adults, the hiring sources of businesses, and the empowerment of talent within our communities,” said Year Up Bay Area Executive Director, Emily Schaffer.

Year Up Bay Area currently serves more than 400 students each year at campuses in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. The program provides local young adults (ages 18-24, without college degrees) with technical, communication, and professional skills including business writing; time management; and working in teams. Tracks offered at YUBA include: Cyber Security, Project Management, Data Analytics, Networking, IT, and Quality Assurance. Students earn college credits for completing their coursework during the first six months of the program. The next six months consist of an internship at corporate partners including founding Corporate Partners for the site: Kaiser Permanente, Bank of the West, Workday, Grocery Outlet, Rodan & Fields, Shaklee, Wineshipping, and NorthBay Healthcare.

Eighty-eight percent of Year Up Bay Area graduates are employed or enrolled in college full-time within four months of completing the program, with average starting salaries of $22/hour. Learn more about Year Up Bay Area by following us on Twitter @YearUpBayArea and on Facebook.

About Year Up Inc.
Year Up's mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. Year Up achieves this mission through a high support, high expectation model that combines marketable job skills, stipends, internships and college credits. Its holistic approach focuses on students' professional and personal development to place these young adults on a viable path to economic self-sufficiency. Year Up currently serves more than 3,600 students annually across 24 campuses in Arizona, Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, Providence, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Washington, D.C., Woodbridge, & Wilmington (DE). To learn more, visit http://www.yearup.org, and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter: @YearUp

About Diablo Valley College
DVC is committed to increasing student success. The college has distinguished itself as one of the nation’s most successful community colleges by offering incomparable transfer opportunities and exceptional career-technical programs. In both Pleasant Hill and San Ramon, students engage with high-quality instruction and support services designed for excellence and equity in student learning. DVC’s career-technical programs keep pace with emerging technologies and skill requirements, while unparalleled transfer programs prepare students to be successful in four-year colleges and universities. DVC continuously ranks among the top transfer pathways to UC Berkeley.

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