Adobe

Adobe Digital Academy

Challenge

The technology industry has a well-recognized diversity problem. Women and racial/ethnic minorities are underrepresented in this industry compared to the overall working population, especially in technical roles.

Actions

We need to invest in the education, training and mentorship of future generations and support the transition to a technology career.  As part of our commitment to fostering a diverse workforce a pilot program, Adobe Digital Academy was formed to offer underrepresented minority candidates the education and, the experience they need to launch successful careers in web development.

Adobe Digital Academy scholarships provide students with web development training through three trusted education partners. These partners provide on-going feedback on student performance and dependent on the feedback, Adobe Digital Academy students are eligible to be considered for a three-month internship program with a technical team at Adobe. The students get hands-on job experience, ongoing feedback, mentorship, and peer support — high performers have the opportunity to be hired full-time.

Outcomes

While still in pilot phase, Adobe has awarded 40+ scholarships and 16 students have moved on to accept immersive internships at Adobe.  Eight of those students have accepted full-time positions.

Much of Adobe’s success can be attributed to a simple belief that our founders instilled in our culture: Great ideas come from everywhere in the company. In today’s ultra-competitive environment, it’s critical to cultivate a strong, diverse workforce who bring their best ideas to work every day. We are committed to making Adobe a great place to work, where everyone can contribute and succeed.

Shantanu Narayen, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Adobe

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