Thinkful saw an opportunity when Citigroup announced a layoff of 11,000. The NY-based online school is offering free classes to the former employees. According to TechCrunch, the special 12-week part-time course offers students the chance to brush up on computer languages, learn to build websites and prototype ideas.
Co-founder Darrell Silver thinks the finance sector has locked up a lot of tech talent. People coming out of this industry have a lot of quant and engineering skills, but don’t quite know how to transfer them to the emerging tech sector. Silver says that’s where Thinkful can help—by targeting people who are already proficient and just want to take a refresher course before deciding what’s next.