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Cognizant Foundation grantee Turing School of Software and Design is designed to quickly launch learners, particularly those underrepresented in the tech industry, into upwardly-mobile careers. Turing offers two immersive, seven-month computer programming tracks, and has a track record of success. The school’s partnership with the Foundation has allowed it to add training, career development, and mental health resources that students need to successfully start and grow their careers. 

The partnership also enabled the school to customize the full Turing experience for veterans and women, who have lost jobs and left the workforce during the pandemic at much higher rates than men. In 2020, Turing’s partnership with the Foundation enabled it to: 

  • Educate 123 women, a substantial increase over the baseline of 91 in 2018 and progressing toward the goal of doubling to 182. Alongside this increase in women’s enrollment, Turing increased the graduation rate among women to 78%.

  • Support women in landing high-quality roles— amid pandemic disruptions, the average time-to-hire increased to 72 days, but the average annual salary increased to $90,077, up from $76,549 in 2018. 


  • Increase graduation rate for veterans to 88%, up from a 2018 baseline of 79%. Impact with veterans over the past year was mixed, in part because most of the school’s military partners have remained more focused on basic needs vs. job efforts during the pandemic. 
  • Improve veteran time-to-hire to 54 days, even as pandemic impacts saw the average salary fall to a still-substantial $72,714. 

Learn More About Turing School

Recently, the Turing School was featured on WorkingNation’s Work in Progress podcast. Turing’s Executive Director Jeff Casimir discusses how expanding opportunities in tech is a civil rights issue.

“We started with the idea that there were a good number of people out there who had the potential to be software developers, but for one reason or another, never made it onto that traditional (higher ed) path,” Casimir says. Listen to the full interview above.



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