Prospective Student FAQs
What is Generation?
Generation is a global non-profit organization with a mission of transforming education to employment systems to provide a meaningful career and sustained well-being for every person. How do we do that? By preparing, placing, and supporting individuals into life-changing careers that would otherwise be inaccessible.
Who are our programs for?
Our programs are built for those who are interested in launching a new career path. Applicants must meet the following requirements in order to apply:
- 18 years or older
- Have a high school diploma or GED
- Unemployed, underemployed, or needing to make a career change (*some programs may have income guidelines)
- Live within the United States (*some programs may require living within commuting distance of the Generation location)
- Able to fully participate and commit to the entire duration of the training program
- Highly motivated to learn new skills and advance their career immediately following training
Generation USA does not require students to be authorized to work in the United States, however, this is a requirement for job placement and stipends.
If you are unsure if you meet the requirements to apply for a Generation program, simply begin your application so we can help determine your eligibility.
Is there a cost to participate in programs?
No! Our programs are completely free for participants. We’re a non-profit organization, meaning we are dedicated to training and educating individuals, matching them to potential outcomes after graduation. Our program is delivered at no cost to our participants because of the generous support of philanthropic organizations and individuals.
What kinds of programs are offered?
Generation USA offers a variety of different programs depending on your location. You can see a complete list of programs here.
How do I apply to Generation USA?
You can submit an application on any of our program pages. See a complete list of programs here.
How do we prepare learners for the workforce or continuing education?
While you are learning technical skills, instructors are also teaching you soft skills, proven to help you succeed in any role, or to continue your education. Our support team and mentors are available to help you prepare for your next steps after graduation and provide resources and support for common barriers individuals face such as transportation and child care.
What happens after I submit my application?
After your application is submitted, you will be notified whether you meet the eligibility criteria to participate. If you are eligible, our Admissions and Enrollment team will reach out to you to select a Cohort and program track.
Based on availability, you will be granted conditional enrollment status to your chosen program. You will then be sent a Learner Data Form to complete, which will finalize your enrollment.
How long after submitting my application will I wait before receiving an admissions decision?
Can I start the application process and return at a later time? How?
You can return to the application here using the registered email address and password.
Who can I contact for technical issues with my application or application questions?
On any of the application stages, you can click on the “Ask Us” button to contact our admissions team. Alternatively, you can also directly email email@example.com.
What are learning outcomes? Can I choose or switch tracks?
Learning outcomes are options after graduation. Available outcomes vary by city, program, and cohort. Learners may have the opportunity to choose an outcome, based on his/her previous experience and availability of outcomes. Once an outcome is chosen, the learner will have to work with the career advancement team to determine whether or not the opportunity to switch outcomes is available.
What does it mean if I am waitlisted?
If you receive a “waitlist” decision, the current cohorts for the program you applied for are filled and you will be considered for the next round of cohorts. We offer several cohorts per year for each program.
Do you run background checks on applicants?
For most programs, we do not run background checks on any applicants. For some Rising Talent programs, you will be required to complete a background check. Some employers may choose to do so with your consent.
How long will it take to complete the entire application process?
We estimate it will take about 30 minutes total to complete all the stages. Remember, the entire application does not have to be completed at one time. You can always save and come back later.
The most common feedback received about the process is that it is easy and fast!
Am I guaranteed a full-time job or internship after I graduate?
When you join a Generation program, our staff works with you to identify the next best steps for you after graduating. That could be seeking full-time employment, an internship, apprenticeship, or continuing your education. No matter which path you’re on, we help by exploring these options with you, working on your resume and interview techniques, and connecting you with Generation employer partners.
Does Generation offer any support after I graduate?
Generation doesn’t stop supporting our students upon graduation. Instead, you become a Generation USA alumni for life.
Can I participate in a Generation program if I also work?
At Generation, we understand that you may need to work in order to support yourself or your family while attending one of our programs. Some of our programs are restricted to individuals who are only unemployed or underemployed (working less than 40 hours) while others are more flexible. In either scenario, we do require that you are available during class hours for live instruction.
Can I participate in more than one Generation program at the same time?
Unfortunately, Generation does not allow Learners to be enrolled in multiple programs due to the time constraints that would put on a Learner. The vast majority of combinations would cause a direct overlap in class time. Additionally, even if a combination of class times themselves do not technically overlap, our asynchronous expectations would place Learners over 60hrs per week of MINIMUM course work and we do not allow for such a burden.
Current Student FAQs
How will I be notified if class is cancelled?
Can I switch my program track option if I've already started my program?
In order to switch programs, you will have to work with our Program Operations team. Please contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org to determine whether or not the opportunity to switch programs is available.
How can I request additional academic or social support after I've started my program?
As a current student, our learner services team is available to help you with various resources. Talk with your instructor for further academic support or reach out to your assigned Career and/or Life Coach for help with all other matters such as health and wellness, mental health, financial literacy, childcare services and transportation.
If you’re unsure about who to connect with, please contact the Program Operations team at email@example.com.
What types of services are available to me as a student?
As a student, we offer various support resources to help you along your journey towards a life-changing career and sustained well-being. Learn more about these resources here.
Can I refer a student to Generation USA?
Yes! We’re always looking for great candidates for our programs. You can refer a student here.
How can I request enrollment verification/confirmation documents?
If you are an active Learner or Alumni needing official documentation of your program enrollment, please request an Enrollment Verification Letter directly from our Program Operations team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When will I receive my Orientation information?
You will receive more information on how to join orientation and sign up for Canvas/Slack in the days before your assigned orientation date. In the meantime, you can prepare for day one of your program by visiting the Current Student Page to learn more about your next steps and find some useful information.
What types of benefits am I eligible for as a Generation USA alum?
As a graduate of a Generation program, you are an alum for life! We offer various services and support to our graduates based on status. Learn more here.
How can I contact someone from the alumni team?
If you wish to speak to someone on our alumni team, you can contact them at email@example.com.
What do I do if I forgot my GenConnect login information?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for any GenConnect-related issues.
If I become unemployed as a Generation USA alum, are there services I can access to help find new employment?
We offer several services to help you with your job search as a Generation USA graduate. Services vary by alumni status. See more here.
How can I request enrollment verification/confirmation documents?
If you are an active Learner or Alumni needing official documentation of your program enrollment or completion, please request a Verification Letter directly from our Program Operations team at email@example.com.
Employer & Partner FAQs
Why should I partner with Generation USA?
Generation is a global non-profit with a mission of transforming education to employment systems to provide a meaningful career and sustained well-person for every person. How do we do that? By preparing, placing, and supporting adults into life-changing careers that would otherwise be inaccessible. All that is made possible through strategic partnerships.
We don’t just teach the technical skills for the job. We also teach the behaviors, mindsets, and soft skills necessary to excel in any job.
What types of partnership opportunities are available with Generation USA?
At Generation USA, we offer partnership opportunities with a variety of organizations, including but not limited to:
- Educational Institutions (Colleges, Universities, K-12)
- Non-profit Organizations
- Community Organizations
Complete a partnership form to speak to a member of our partnerships team.
Do you provide support for Generation alumni that work for my company?
Generation graduates are eligible for various alumni services through our alumni team. These services help graduates excel in any careers and learn about various social supports in their area. Learn more about those services here.
How can I make a donation to Generation USA?
Donations are welcome and appreciated! Head over to our Donate page to learn how you can donate.
How can I request enrollment verification documents for a Generation learner or graduate?
If you are an Employer or government agency looking to confirm the Enrollment or Graduation of a Learner from a Generation USA program, please email our Program Operations team at firstname.lastname@example.org.