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2U Announces New Scholarships and Apprenticeships for WeWork Students

Online learning company 2U is extending its partnership with WeWork by offering $390,000 in additional scholarships and apprenticeships for WeWork students.

Twenty students in WeWork's Access Labs Initiative, a program with Flatiron School that teaches coding to low-income adults, will be able reduce their tuition payment by half with 2U's new "No Back Row" Future Devs Scholarship. Students in the Access Labs Initiative are allowed to pay their tuition after they graduate and are employed.

To qualify for the initiative and scholarship, students must:

  • Have a high school degree or equivalent;
  • Earn a total annual income of $35,000 or less;
  • Be 21 years of age or older at the start of the program; and
  • Be legally authorized to work in the United States permanently at the time of admission to the program.

Ten graduates of the program will receive 15-week paid apprenticeships at 2U, which the company said are "designed to open the door to future employment opportunities" there. Apprentices will work on the integration of Flatiron School's technology with 2U's learning management system, according to a news announcement, and upon completing the apprenticeship will have the opportunity to apply for full-time positions at 2U.

"A person's income should not limit their opportunity. That is why we are incredibly excited about our partnership with the Access Labs Initiative because it expands on our joint commitment to lifelong learning and will make this transformative educational experience more accessible and affordable to diverse and ambitious adults," said James Kenigsberg, 2U's chief technology officer, in a statement. "With these scholarships and apprenticeships, 2U is investing in the next generation of developers and technology leaders and growing the broader tech community."

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