Empowering the technology leaders of the future
WHY MARCY LAB
We help young people accelerate their careers. Our yearlong college alternative provides young adults from underestimated backgrounds with the skills, the habits, and the network necessary to launch rewarding careers in the tech sector.
Our graduates have launched financially beneficial, purpose-driven software engineering careers, with an average compensation of $103,500.
The Marcy Lab School is reimagining higher education and workforce development with one clear and critical mission: to create an alternative pathway to high-growth technology careers for young adults who have been underserved by our country’s higher education system.
We build the engineering expertise, critical thinking skills, leadership qualities, and the professional network our Fellows need to become their best selves, serve their communities, and thrive within an evolving tech sector.
FIVE PILLARS OF CHARACTER
We teach our fellows the most in-demand programming languages and frameworks of today, as well as the fundamental principles that they will carry with them throughout their careers.
Our goal is to cultivate confidence. Our Leadership Development program pushes Fellows to understand their strengths, passions, and identities so that they know that they add value to whatever room they enter into.
Classroom-based training is followed by a three-month paid apprenticeship where Fellows apply their skills to complex problems as part of a real engineering team or by working on an open-source software project.
We prepare our Fellows to communicate their strengths and values throughout the interview process and navigate the norms of communication and relationship building in a corporate setting. We are with them every step of the way in the hiring process.
“Many post-secondary tech programs aren’t designed for young people that have a lot of challenging life circumstances. The Marcy Lab School differentiates itself by advancing a unique model that drives real career success for students of color.”
Abby Marquand, Program Officer, Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
We are so proud of our founding class of Marcy Lab School Fellows who have exceeded our greatest expectations and are on the path to fulfilling careers while simultaneously changing the face of the technology industry for future generations.
100% of our 2019-20 Fellows are from low-income, Black and/or Latinx backgrounds, and are first- or second-generation immigrants.
Our students earned an average compensation package of $103,500 plus healthcare and retirement benefits.
Marcy Lab Graduate Median Compensation 60 Days Post Graduation
City College of New York Median Mid-Career Salary
Average Salary of Entry-Level Software Engineer in NYC
City College of New York Graduate Median Salary
the tech industry
Research demonstrates that companies with diverse staff reflective of the demographics of our broader society are more equitable, more creative, and ultimately more profitable.
Our program provides a highly skilled and diverse talent pipeline where other solutions fall short.
Percentage of US Pop.
1 Black: 13.4%
2 Hispanic: 16.7%
3 Rest of US Pop.: 69.9%
Source: US Census Bureau
Computing Jobs by Race/Ethnicity
1 Black: 5.5%
2 Hispanic: 6.8%
3 Rest of US Pop.: 87.7%
Source: US Census Bureau
Computing Jobs by Gender
1 Women: 26%
2 Other: 74%
Source: The Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings
Meet our graduates
We are thrilled to have graduated nine exceptional Fellows in our first cohort. In many ways they are our co-founders, as they truly engaged in this journey alongside us as we brought our idea to life. Through heartfelt dedication and candid feedback, they helped to build the Marcy Lab School into a special program for those who come after them.
90% of all expenses go directly to developing and supporting our fellows.
1 Grants: 80%
2 Individual Donations: 17%
3 Events: 3%
1 Program Services: 90%
2 Management & Admin: 4%
3 Fundraising: 6%
Special Thanks to Our Supporters & Partners
Our Employer Partners
Our 2019-20 Financial Supporters