July 9, 2019
In founding our apprenticeship program, Techtonic Academy, we set out to redefine the meaning of higher education. Long before it was acceptable to openly question the value of a four-year degree, our founder foresaw a shift in public sentiment toward college. Now, as of 2019, a number of iconic tech firms, including Google, IBM, and Apple have followed in our footsteps. While we don’t envision a world where traditional higher education becomes obsolete, we do see one where top-tier talent will increasingly choose alternative forms of learning such as apprenticeship programs, community college, online courses, and trade schools.
For this article, we’ll further elaborate on the ditch the degree movement with five additional reasons why people might choose to forgo college.
Our current approach to higher education has saddled nearly 50 million Americans with a collective college loan debt in excess of $1.56 trillion. This staggering, ever-growing figure is just one of the many reasons why more and more young people are having second thoughts about the traditional university route.
February 22, 2019
With college loans soaring, more students are considering alternative forms of skill building. In the world of software development, apprenticeships and boot camps are fast becoming the new normal for those looking to enter the industry. While both practices have their own list of advantages and disadvantages, in this article we’ll talk about why apprenticeships not only bring more value than boot camps, but also when compared to traditional universities as well.
In addition, we’ll explore Germany’s acclaimed apprenticeship model, followed by discussing ways America’s policymakers can improve our K-12 system to help bridge the gap.