Our free training and career development course for individuals of marginalized genders teaches in-demand tech skills. No experience required.
Want to launch a career in tech? To start on this path, you need the right skills.
LaunchCode provides free, industry-relevant curriculum to put you on the path to landing a job in technology. This community engages women and is also intentionally inclusive of those who are trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming.
The program offers 24-week or 45-week specialized tracks designed to equip LaunchCoders with technical and job-readiness skills, leading up to our apprenticeship job program. To help you succeed in this rigorous course, LaunchCode Women+ provides a supportive classroom environment with live mentoring from instructors and teaching fellows.
Originally created as a meetup by women to lift up other women in tech called CoderGirl, this program has grown into a full-fledged education job prep program, but our mission remains the same: to open doors to tech careers for people of marginalized genders! (To learn more about the LaunchCode Women+ name, check out our blog.)
Students will attend once-weekly, 3-hour classes in the evenings and are expected to spend at least 15 hours each week outside of class on readings, watching videos, working on practice problems, and completing assignments.
Women+ offers multiple learning tracks and applicants may be offered enrollment in one track. Due to limited seats within each track, each applicant is asked to choose up to their top three preferred learning tracks, and every effort is made to accommodate top choices. Available learning tracks can vary by location and cohort. Tracks may include:
Please refer to courses accepting applications in registration for track offerings of an upcoming cohort.
Click here for more information on each skill track.
Over the 24 - 45 weeks of class, students should expect to commit at least 15 hours per week for class and homework.
Yes, though it is less likely. The reason we give the Problem Solving Assessment significance is important is because it shows us how applicants approach new puzzles that require logical thinking, which can directly relate to a student’s ability to master the material presented in the class.
Unfortunately, we are unable to allow applicants to retake the assessment unless they can demonstrate that they experienced technical difficulties that prohibited them from completing it.
You can always view your current status by logging into your LaunchCode account, and viewing “Classes”. There, you will be able to access the assessment as long as you have correctly submitted the application.
Each class has a decision date, by which you will receive notification of your application status. Please do not inquire about your application status unless you have not heard back after the end of that date.
No. Unfortunately, we finalize all of our course enrollment before the pre-work due date, so you are not able to submit your pre-work late. We give students at least 2 weeks to complete the pre-work to allow time to work around any other time commitments. We highly encourage you to submit the pre-work a few days before the due date to ensure that no technical difficulties or personal events get in the way.
Yes, it is okay to miss a class as long as you keep up with the lessons and homework detailed in the schedule. Remember, you will need to make up any class time you miss on your own time, and you won’t have the benefit of having your classmates and mentors there to answer your questions in person. Once you fall behind in class, the fast pace of the curriculum means it quickly becomes very difficult to catch up again. This is not an online course -- it is expected that students only miss class on an as-needed basis.
There are no grades in the class, but students must complete all of the required assignments successfully in order to continue through and graduate from the course. Deadlines will be made clear at the beginning of and during the class.
We always welcome and encourage people to reapply to the class. If you’d like to receive an email as soon as applications open please sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of the webpage and follow us on social media.
There’s a gender imbalance in the tech workforce. Although women comprise more than half of the overall professional workforce, the percentage of female employment in computing hasconsistently hovered at about 25 percent since 2007. Women of color represent an even lower percentage of the tech workforce. A program built for people of marginalized gender identities allows us to contribute to developing the widest pool of candidates possible. We feel strongly about creating a supportive environment for women, non-binary people, and people of marginalized genders to learn tech skills and enter the tech workforce.
I'm so thankful to have gone through such an awesome program at NO COST! LaunchCode has truly changed my life. I no longer feel broke, stuck or stagnant. This is truly a new chapter for me.— Je'Nell McCrary, Scrum Master at
I really enjoyed the low pressure environment when I was learning to code. I was able to meet professionals that helped me learn more about the field. Now that I'm a full-time developer, I like coming to class to help more women do what I did!— Rachel Noccioli, Professional Software Developer
I didn't have that much money. Paying for a course or bootcamp was not feasible for me, so making free — not even affordable, but free — for anybody who's willing to learn and invest in themselves, made it possible for me to be where I am right now.— Shelbey Parnell, UX Architect at
Going through LaunchCode gave me the confidence to know that I can do it, and I can learn these skills even without a background or bachelor's in computer science.— Jillian Embry, IT Team Lead at