Shopify and York University Launch On-the-Job Computer Science Degree

Students who sign up to the program will learn in a college associated with the university while working as an intern at a Shopify office in downtown Toronto.

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Canadian online retailer Shopify has teamed up with York University for a unique on-the-job computer science learning program called Dev Degree.

Students who sign up to the program will learn in a college associated with the university while working as an intern at a Shopify office in downtown Toronto.

The e-commerce company will pay them a salary and cover the tuition fee for the four-year program. Graduates of the program will have 4,000 hours of learning and 4,500 hours of working, according to the company’s press release.

Each student will be paired with two mentors, a technical mentor and a teacher, who will act as a guide supporting the student’s well-being.

“The new partnership between York and Shopify reflects the future of education, which will be characterized by greater collaboration across all sectors,” said Rhonda L. Lenton, President and Vice-Chancellor, York University.

Shopify, which created the Dev Degree in 2016 in partnership with Carleton University, claims that the program helps students acquire skills between two and three times faster than traditional university learning programs.

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“The future of education, especially in the technology sector, will include increasingly fluid interactions between workplaces and universities, so it is essential for us to explore new learning opportunities and continually evolve,” says Richard Hornsey, Interim Dean and University Professor, Lassonde School of Engineering.

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