【这家网络教育初创公司太拼了:毕业生找不到工作就全额退学费!】

 

Sebastian Thrun

教育初创公司Udacity为了解决惨淡的网络课程完成率,已经决定尝试一种更刺激的游戏规则:完成课时的学员如果找不到工作,公司将全额退还学费。这家初创公司的创始人是Sebastian Thrun,谷歌眼镜的发明人。虽然是个技术达人,奈何人家有一个教育梦想:让科技的教育民主化。

早期,Sebastian Thrun团队开设了一系列免费的课程,如Web前端开发,Android开发,数据分析等,奈何免费的午餐总是无人光顾。

于是,他们开设了付费课程...

课程每个月需花费199美刀,但学员完成课程后能够返还一半的费用。

似乎他们还觉得不够过瘾,于是他们攒了10亿美刀又开始了一项疯狂的计划:每个月课程费用提到299美刀,学员毕业后六个月内找不到专业对口工作,就全额返还!!!!

当然,创始人Sebastian Thrun觉得自己不太可能退回学费,因为他自信“我们提供的课程不会让学员找不着工作”。

然而,人家的自信不是无缘无故的, Udacity目前又提供了四项课程主题:Android和iOS开发者,机器学习工程师、高级Web开发人员培训,这些课程不仅是Sebastian Thrun为目前职场量身打造的,而且还能得到以下公司的友情客串:Google, Facebook, GitHub, and Salesforce

当然,对于学员来说,你可以继续选择免费课程,也可以选择199刀套餐(满课时返还一半学费),也可以选择包括指导简历撰写和模拟面试服务的299美刀豪华升级版套餐(找不到工作不要钱)。

Sebastian Thrun甚至还宣称,将推出一项贷款服务,解放天下没钱上学的童鞋。他说“如果你参加了该课程,并在一个月内找到工作,那么你完全有能力偿还贷款。”他引用求职网站Glassdoor的数据称,“Android开发者每年8万7千美刀,而我们的学费仅仅是六到八个月花费1800——2400美刀”

“我们的目标是让每一个人都能找到工作,因此他们的课程将不可能免费”

 

Education startup Udacity has decided to try out the age-old "money-back guarantee."

In this case, it's a promise that graduating students will get a job in their field, or get a full refund.

Since 2012, founder Sebastian Thrun (also known for launching Google's secretive hardware lab Google X) has aimed for what he describes as the "societal moonshot" of democratizing tech education.

Although Udacity initially offered a handful of online classes completely free of charge, the team pivoted a little over a year ago after seeing dismal course completion rates to a new "Nanodegree" program targeted at landing students jobs in areas like front-end web developer, Android developer, and data analyst.

Classes cost $199 per month, but anyone who finished would get 50% of their tuition back.

Now, the $1 billion startup is upping the ante with a "Nanodegree Plus" program that will cost $299 per month with the stipulation that if the student doesn't get a job within six months after completing it, they'll get 100% of the money back.

"We believe our product will get people a job," Thrun tells Business Insider. "And now we're held accountable."

Right now, Udacity is offering the Plus program in four topics (Android and iOS developers, machine learning engineer, and senior web developer). It designed those — and the rest of its project-focused programs — with the help of major tech companies like Google, Facebook, GitHub, and Salesforce.

"We're going to get every single person a job"

Students can still choose to take Udacity's free online courses or enroll in the $199 per month program, but the upgraded package comes with customized job preparation, including resume review and mock interviews.

Although Thrun says that offering loans to prospective students may one day play into Udacity's plan, it has nothing to announce just yet.

"Right now, if you enroll in this program and then get a job, then typically within your first month, you'll be able to pay back your tuition," he says, quoting average salaries from job site Glassdoor as $87,000 per year for Android developers, for example, compared to the $1,800 to $2,400 it would cost to complete that nanodegree in six to eight months. "My expectation is that we're going to get every single person a job, and those that we can't will get their education for free."

This new program comes hot on the heels of Udacity's $105 million fundraise in November. At the time, Udacity told Business Insider that it was profitable, but Thrun says that the company is now reinvesting all its money into international growth and program topic expansion.

http://www.businessinsider.com/udacity-launches-nanodegree-plus-program-2016-1


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