DALLAS and MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, June 16, 2014 — A new kind of online training program designed by business will prepare thousands of workers and job-seekers for high-demand jobs in the tech industry.
Carving out a new fresh category of
AT&T and Udacity will support diverse access through scholarships. AT&T will offer paid internships for
Students will be certified for the skills they learn through this new educational pathway. The
- Efficient – Designed for completion in less than 12 months.
- Accessible – Anywhere there’s a broadband connection.
- Affordable – At a cost of approximately $200/month.
AT&T’s investment in
"Learning does not stop at schools and universities. It’s a lifelong process where individuals must constantly learn and relearn technical skills."
The global economy is expected to have a shortfall of 85 million skilled jobs by 2020, mostly in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
Last year, AT&T teamed up with Georgia Tech and Udacity to launch the Online Master of Science in Computer Science (OMS CS), the first accredited Master of Science in Computer Science earned exclusively through the MOOC format. Though
"Learning does not stop at schools and universities. It’s a lifelong process where individuals must constantly learn and relearn technical skills," said Sebastian Thrun, founder
The first courses will focus on
AT&T and Udacity view the
To encourage diverse student participation, AT&T and Udacity will provide full scholarships through qualified non-profit organizations. In addition, AT&T will offer paid internships for
“Technology is one of the fastest growing sectors of our economy. But America faces a shortage of qualified STEM workers,” said Linda Moore, president
Udacity’s mission is to bring accessible, affordable, engaging and highly effective learning to the world. The company, headquartered in Silicon Valley, works with industry leaders including AT&T, Google, Facebook, Salesforce.com and Cloudera to build technology classes that are designed to advance lifelong learning. For more information, go to www.Udacity.com.
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