Helping Underserved Populations Achieve Greater Economic Mobility with Tulsa Community College
Learn how our Access Partnership in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is helping individuals from historically marginalized communities learn in-demand skills and establish sustainable careers in tech.
Tulsa Community College is one of several partners featured in our 2022 Transparency & Outcomes Report that collaborate with us to deliver innovative, high-quality online learning experiences that drive strong outcomes for learners around the world.
As part of our steadily growing Access Partnerships initiative, 2U joined forces with Tulsa Community College (TCC) and Tulsa Innovation Labs in 2022 to offer adult learners in the Tulsa area with a no-cost and fully supported pathway to a life-changing tech career.
The program is part of the city’s broader strategy to build more sustainable jobs for the future and lift up its historically marginalized communities as it moves from a once-booming petroleum industry into more tech-driven sectors.
For the program’s inaugural cohorts, 40 learners from a wide variety of backgrounds—including blue-collar workers, military veterans, women re-entering the workforce, and individuals from the Cherokee Nation—enrolled part-time in TCC’s online cybersecurity and data analytics boot camps.
Achieving Strong Student Outcomes
The cohorts achieved an 89.7% graduation rate, with many learners continuing on to a full-time paid assistantship that helps them learn on the job before becoming a permanent position.
“To make a real impact on Tulsa’s economy, we knew we needed to target a diverse range of learners and also make the program free,” says Pete Selden, Vice President of Workforce Development, Tulsa Community College. “We looked at 2U’s boot camps and saw a lot of success in the model with their focus on intensive, short-term skills development and connecting folks with employers. 2U seemed like the right fit to help us amplify Tulsa’s tech ecosystem and decrease the area’s workforce gaps.”
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