Prior to Measurabl’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Pledge in 2020, Measurabl was concerned about the lack of diversity in the engineering field. After an extensive search, Measurabl’s Chief Operating Officer, Dana Arnold, connected with Chelsea Kaufman of the San Diego LEARN Academy, an organization that specializes in training a diverse workforce in coding.
Together, they developed a scholarship program that benefits women and minorities transitioning into software development later in their careers.
In 2020, Measurabl committed to sponsoring three scholarships that help cover the tuition for three students meeting diversity criteria. The scholarships also include a paid internship at Measurabl near the end of their program.
Fast forward to the second half of 2020 – Kristen Mulder had recently left her job working hand-in-hand with engineers and applied for a 4-month intensive bootcamp with the LEARN Academy. While in school, she was encouraged by the instructors to apply for the first round of Measurabl scholarships.
After acing the interview process, Kristen became one of the first three students to study and go on to a three-month internship culminating in an offer for a full-time position as a Software Engineer in November 2020.
“I couldn’t have been happier with the team, the product we were building, and the emphasis Measurabl put on the continuation of learning throughout my career,” said Kristen when reflecting on her journey.
Dana and Kristen now serve on the Alumni Council of the LEARN Academy, which works to streamline the process for scholarship eligibility. The council also seeks to roll the entire process out to other local companies in the hopes of providing qualified and diverse engineering candidates to supply the growing demand for engineers in San Diego.