What It’s Like

Every student enters Year Up with a unique story. During our program, all experience similar challenges—mastering new technical training, juggling schedules, learning how to communicate in new ways—all with the goal of building skills in preparation for an internship, and career. Check out the video to find out what it’s like, from one of our alumni:

Aspects of the Program

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Application Process

The thought of an application process can seem a bit intimidating. At Year Up, much of the application process is getting to know our students on a personal level. Learning about your background, your interests and your aspirations is all part of the process of making sure Year Up is a great fit for you and your career goals.

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People Along the Way

Alumni will tell you the truth; Year Up is not easy. Throughout your time in program colleagues, coaches, and instructors are there to provide continuous encouragement. There may be times when you feel unmotivated or like giving up, but know your Year Up community is always there to support you through those moments.

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Settling In

Attending Year Up is similar to attending a full-time job. There are expectations, such as a professional dress code, being on-time, and communication. Our coaches and instructors understand that this is a rigorous program and expect our students to ask questions and be challenged. Throughout the program, your Year Up community is there to help you overcome all obstacles, whether they be personal or about the material.

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As a student of the program, you will undoubtedly go through changes. These changes, personal and professional, are designed to help you learn how to balance life, tackle a challenge and step out of your comfort zone.


What is the age limit for the Year Up program?

Year Up serves young adults aged 18-24. The two areas where there’s some flexibility are: 1) if you’re 17 ½, with a diploma or GED, you can be eligible to apply; and 2) if you’re 24 when you attend an Information Session, and your birthday occurs either immediately after that session, or when the program starts, you can be eligible to participate in Year Up as a 25 year old.

“After applying to Year Up, about how long will it take before I know whether I’ve been accepted or declined?

It is Year Up’s goal for all applicants to find whether or not they’ve been accepted into the Program approximately two weeks after they’ve turned in all required documents outlined in the application.

What is the difference between the San Jose, Facebook, San Francisco, and Diablo Valley College Year Up Bay Area locations?

Both the San Jose and San Francisco offices are located in the financial districts of their respective cities. The San Jose location enrolls 80 students every six months; the San Francisco site 120. At these locations, training sessions are all taught by Year Up staff members. Students earn A.C.E. credits, transferable to collegiate institutions. Year Up Diablo Valley College site is located on DVC’s campus in Pleasant Hill and currently enrolls a maximum of 40 students every six months. Here, the majority of training sessions are taught by Community College staff, and are accredited both through A.C.E. and Diablo Valley College. Year Up Bay Area is launching its fourth campus in September 2018 in partnership with Facebook, where training will be held at a Facebook-affiliated community center on their campus in Menlo Park. Training sessions will be taught by Year Up staff members. Training track specialties vary at each location and are subject to change. Tracks include: Helpdesk/Desktop Support, Data Analytics, Project Management Support, Cyber Security, and Quality Assurance.

What is the best number to contact someone on Year Up’s Recruitment Team? Admissions Team?

Please call or text questions to the Admissions team near you.
San Francisco: (415) 405-6562
Silicon Valley (San Jose): (408) 824-3061
Diablo Valley College (Pleasant Hill): (925) 204-4889
Facebook Campus (Menlo Park): (650) 272-7038

San Francisco Campus

80 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94104

Silicon Valley Campus

100 W San Fernando Street, San Jose, CA 95113

Diablo Valley Campus

321 Golf Club Road, ET-114, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

Facebook (Menlo Park) Campus

1195 Hamilton Ct, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA