Google has teamed with computer programming school, General Assembly, to offer a developer course on the tech giant’s Android operating system. The course, which will be held at General Assembly’s San Francisco office starting in early 2016, will last for 13 weeks and is designed to address a problem Google has had finding developers qualified to work in the Android ecosystem. Jake Schwartz, General Assembly co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, told Bloomberg News “Android is growing, and because there aren’t nearly enough developers trained for that system, it’s causing a bottleneck for the platform.”
In keeping with the tech industry’s pragmatic ethos, the course is designed so that those who take it can go from being students to developers working in the industry right away. VICE Media has already committed to hiring one of the program’s graduates for an apprenticeship position. Notably, the program is also not designed for those who have backgrounds in technology. At $13,500, the course is intended to be a low-cost point of entry for those who are interested in breaking into one of the nation’s fastest-growing industries. Peter Lubber, one of Google’s senior program managers, describe the program thusly, “When students take the course and graduate, they’re not just getting a piece of paper. They’re getting a job.”
In more good news for Bay Area job seekers, the San Francisco district office of the United States Postal Service will be making a number of seasonal hires to service the city’s 837,422 residents. According to KRON4, the San Francisco district will be temporarily adding holiday clerk assistants, casual mail handlers, big-rig operators and mail processing clerks to their ranks. The positions will last until the end of the holiday season, which is on January 8. Additionally, city carrier assistants and automotive technicians will also be hired, but those positions will not be temporary. These new jobs will raise San Francisco’s already record high employment rate even higher.
Mario McKellop is a freelance writer who has covered the pop culture beat since 2010.