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Debt-Free, Focused Year of Tech Ed Yields Good Jobs for High School Grads



(p. A3) As a high-school senior in Hampton, Va., Aidan Cary applied last year to prestigious universities like Dartmouth, Vanderbilt and the University of Virginia.

Then he clicked on the website for a one-year-old school called MissionU and quickly decided that's where he wanted to go.

Mr. Cary, 19 years old, is enrolled in a one-year, data-science program. He studies between 40 and 50 hours a week, visits high-tech, Bay Area companies as part of his education, and will pay the San Francisco-based school a percentage of his income for three years after he graduates.

This new type of postsecondary education is proving a hit: The school says it has received more than 10,000 applications for 50 spots.

"I think people feel backed into a corner by the cost of college," Mr. Cary said. "They've been waiting for something like this so when it finally came around they could instantly see the value proposition."

MissionU, which enrolled its first class in September [2017], is part of new breed of institutions that bill themselves as college alternatives for the digital age. The schools--whose admission rates hover in the single digits--comparable to the Ivy League, according to the schools--offer a debt-free way to attain skills in hot areas and guaranteed apprenticeships with high-tech companies. Together those create a pipeline to well-paying high-tech jobs.



For the full story, see:

Douglas Belkin. "One-Year Alternatives to College Pop Up." The Wall Street Journal (Tuesday, April 10, 2018): A3.

(Note: bracketed year added.)

(Note: the online version of the story has the date April 9, 2018, and has the title "One Year of 'College' With No Degree, But No Debt And a Job at the End." In the penultimate paragraph quoted above, the print version has "value" where the online version has "value proposition." I use the online version.)






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