Should your institution consider a nanodegree program?

Students seeking to build technical skills and credentials are enrolling in nanodegree programs.

nanodegree-udacityThe growing focus on skills-based education has prompted many education providers to design programs that target students and professionals searching for ways to improve their technical skills and advance their careers.

Programs like Udacity’s “nanodegrees,” can help students of all ages enhance their existing professional skills or explore career-related areas of interest.

Udacity, a Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) platform, partners with companies including AT&T, Google, Facebook, Cloudera, and MongoDB to develop educational content for the degrees.

Students can earn degrees for specific positions, such as a data analyst or an iOS developer, for $200 a month, typically over a six to 12 month period. Two additional job-specific degrees, as well as an introduction to programming degree, are available.

(Next page: How are students moving through the nanodegree programs?)

Laura Ascione