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Shopify and Make School Partner to Launch a Remote Computer Science Degree Program

  • June 17th, 2021 00:00

Make School students selected for the program will earn a salary and have their tuition fully paid for by studying at Make School while concurrently working remotely for Shopify.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (June 9, 2021) -- Shopify and Make School are partnering to expand Shopify's work-integrated Bachelor's degree program into the United States. Shopify's Dev Degree program, now in its fifth year, combines an accredited computer science degree with hands-on developer experience at the company. Dev Degree's program in partnership with Make School is a fully remote 3-year program currently available for aspiring software engineers living in select U.S. states and Canada, removing barriers for students that were once restricted by a physical office or campus.

Students will divide their time working remotely at Shopify, while studying at Make School as they work towards attaining a Bachelor of Science in Applied Computer Science. They will be paired with a Make School coach and a Shopify mentor, combining academic rigor with real world experience. As part of the program, Shopify covers students' full tuition and pays them a salary, allowing students to kick-start their careers without the burden of student debt.

"The Dev Degree program is excited to adapt to a fully remote-first mindset through Shopify's partnership with Make School," said Alison Evans Adnani, Dev Degree Program Lead. "We're opening up possibilities for more students across North America desiring an experience to both learn and work remotely, and paving the way for structuring innovative work-integrated learning programs."

The new partnership between Shopify and Make School builds on Make School's commitment to work-integrated learning programs, like Dev Degree, that will lead to a more diverse, competitive, and highly-skilled workforce - especially as barriers in the global market continue to disappear.

"Make School is founded on the belief that real-world experience is an essential component to learning. In the spirit of that belief, we are excited to partner with Shopify's Dev Degree program on our shared mission to provide students with deep practical experience working in the tech industry," says Dr. Anne Spalding, Dean and Interim President at Make School.

Dev Degree offers fast-track learning and ties theory to real-life product development practice. The program will welcome 30+ new students in September across its three programs with Make School, Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada), and York University (Toronto, Canada), resulting in a milestone of over 100+ students being accepted into the program since its founding in 2016. Applications for Dev Degree's Fall 2022 intake open mid-September for students considering applying for this innovative work-integrated learning program.

About Make School

Make School is a Silicon Valley college that offers a Bachelor of Science in Applied Computer Science through a project-based curriculum. They are reshaping higher education for the modern economy and making it accessible to students of all backgrounds.

Make School partners with US-based Dominican University of California to provide a fully accredited Bachelor's degree in Applied Computer Science, with notable faculty including ex-Google and NASA engineers.

Graduates of Make School have gone on to work at highly sought-after companies including Google, Lyft, Microsoft, Facebook, and LinkedIn; earning an average salary of over $100,000.

About Shopify Dev Degree Program

Dev Degree is a work-integrated learning program that combines an accredited Computer Science degree with hands-on developer experience at Shopify. Dev Degree interns receive work experience at Shopify, academic experience with university partners, and $160,000+ in paid tuition, salary, and vacation days covered by Shopify. Dev Degree started in September 2016 partnering with Carleton University in Ottawa. In 2018, Dev Degree expanded the program to partner with York University's Lassonde School of Engineering and Computer Science in Toronto. Dev Degree has graduated two cohorts of students, and 100% of students have successfully demonstrated job placements in engineering roles within six months of graduating. Make School is Dev Degree's first university partner in the United States.

About Shopify

Shopify is a leading global commerce company, providing trusted tools to start, grow, market, and manage a retail business of any size. Shopify makes commerce better for everyone with a platform and services that are engineered for reliability, while delivering a better shopping experience for consumers everywhere. Proudly founded in Ottawa, Shopify powers over 1.7 million businesses in more than 175 countries and is trusted by brands such as Allbirds, Gymshark, Heinz, Staples Canada, and many more. For more information, visit www.shopify.com

The Bachelor in Applied Computer Science program is offered by the Dominican University of California through an incubation partnership with MakeSchool.org.

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