Reshaping the Education Model to Expand the Tech Workforce

Jun 16, 2014

Advances in technology have rapidly changed the way many of us live and work.  In just a few years, ubiquitous mobile broadband has made possible all of the things we do on smartphones and tablets each day.  The internet of things is bringing billions of devices onto the network, delivering new capabilities and efficiencies to a broad range of global industries.

To accomplish more with technology, companies need a workforce with advanced technology skills.  But education models evolve slowly.  To drive innovation in business, public and private sectors both need to invest in resources designed to help bring new skill sets to the workforce.

We’re not waiting for someone else to solve this problem. 

Last year, we teamed up with Georgia Tech and Udacity to offer the country’s first Online Master of Science degree in computer science.  The program is making technology degrees accessible to more people, at a lower cost.

Today, we’re announcing a new collaboration with Udacity.  It’s called the nanodegree, and it will be delivered through the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platform for software development skills.  The nanodegree is designed to be completed within 6-12 months at a lower cost compared to traditional college degree programs. 

Read more in our Innovation Space blog or check out Udacity's blog.

Learn about a nanodegree and who can apply in this recent Bloomberg TV interview with Udacity's co-founder and CEO, Sebastian Thrun.