What do you think makes your company stand out?

“AlternativesToCollege.com takes a practical point of view. We are not doing anything esoteric. We see market trends and listen to our audiences — people who want and/or need additional education or training or certification…and the educational providers (from traditional colleges and universities to those people who provide specialized programs for HVAC report, construction and contracting work, nursing or software development instruction). It is a multi-billion dollar market that is particularly interesting and important now because of the life-altering effects of debt. Over $1.5TRIILLION in loans outstanding related to higher education. There have to be better ways and we are committed to helping find them.”

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With skills mapping, colleges create a ‘universal language’ to explain value

“When Allison Cleveland-Roberts sought to make sure graduates at the University of South Florida were adequately prepared for today’s job market, she turned to an old resource, with a twist: help wanted ads. Using data aggregated from actual job listings, Cleveland-Roberts was able to present faculty in the 22 mostly liberal arts-based departments she oversees with a list of the skills graduates needed to thrive in a variety of jobs.”

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Amazon, the Marines and community college partner on data training

“For the Marine Corps, the NOVA partnership represents a shift in how training is typically offered. Although it has historically been delivered by the military at their installations, the need for data skills and the opportunity for service members to earn college credit for the work pushed Marines to work with NOVA. “

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Is a College Degree Right for Everyone?

“There is no question that an educated citizenry is an asset to a twenty-first-century democracy such as ours. We live in an era of increasingly complex technology that calls for skill sets and learning unanticipated as recently as a generation ago. Not only are there new fields of endeavor, notably computer sciences, but traditional bodies of knowledge have also grown as well, thanks to ongoing research. For these reasons, there is a growing call for universal taxpayer-funded post-secondary education, i.e. a college degree.”

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Amazon plans to spend $700 million to retrain a third of its US workforce in new skills

“Amazon.com on Thursday unveiled plans to retrain a third of its U.S. workforce — or 100,000 workers — by 2025 to help its employees move into more advanced jobs or find new careers. The retail and tech giant intends to expand its existing training programs and introduce new ones. The training will be voluntary, and most of the programs are free.”

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Students bypassing four-year colleges in favor of alternative paths to careers

“Across Pennsylvania and New Jersey, many students are carving their own career paths, making educational choices based on their own interests and motivations. For some students, opportunities are in the trades or military, while other graduates are launching businesses, going on mission trips or exploring schooling options on other continents.”

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