Austen Allred and the class escalator
Just as a note—you can use Pell grants and other federal programs for (some) CDL programs, along with other technical credentials. It has more to do with the institution than the program—if the local community college offers it, you can probably use your Pell for it.
If you want to improve the hiring process there is a very interesting section in Thinking Fast and Slow that touches on that.
this is great - I want options like this for the next generation.
I wouldn't say that 1000 colleges shouldn't exist. Even UTEP (with a 37.4% graduation rate) sends some kids to med school and tech companies. But while there are resources around at a lot of colleges, many kids may not be able to take advantage or don't or can't or don't know how. Which then is more the fault of K-12 preparation, familial/social stability, and funding (indirectly, inequality). Something like the Germanic apprenticeship system would be good (it's how Germany trains many of its programmers and Switzerland most of its bankers). Tobi Lutke is starting it in Canada in partnership with some Canadian units. We also have that in the trades at CC's in the US. And Lambda school can fill a role too. But the question of what about the person who is below-average in intelligence and older (and living paycheck to paycheck was glossed over). By definition, there will be a lot of people in that category. Is their fate service jobs (if they come back) or slaving away at an Amazon warehouse (before their body gives out?)
Great article! It's exciting to see viable alternatives to traditional colleges with an exceptional value prop to students.
Is there any chance we can get a link to the data mentioned here?
> You can actually get a data dump from the Department of Labor that says here are all the roles that we’re unable to fill with the existing talent pools.