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AT&T and Udacity partner to deliver “Nanodegrees,” new ways for people to become developers

0. phoneArena posted on 18 Jun 2014, 03:33

Over the next several years, in the United States, and certainly around the world, the demand for high...

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posted on 18 Jun 2014, 03:46

1. magnanimus (Posts: 562; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)

Great way to fill the app stores with sub par and cheapishly copied games and apps ._.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 03:51

2. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)

All these "get educated quick" programs are just a scam. A "nano" degree will deliver "nano" benefits.

There is no free lunch, no shortcut to actually having meaningful, authentic education available at every level of school in the US. Without an end-to-end excellent academic system, there always be a lack of bright people who can invent and build new things.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 05:16

3. Maxwell.R (Posts: 218; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)

These are hard-skills, not soft curricula that pad much of a university education. People with established jobs cannot just pick up and go through two years of full time school to re-major. The "how to think" has already been taught (ostensibly, though I question the effectiveness with this younger generation), these programs re-train the thought.

People that learn, and are good at, these hard-coding jobs are writing their own tickets. It isn't get-rich-quick, but it is job security, and it may be a better option than someone going into furher school debt to pick up another bachelors or a masters. This is the job rush now.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 05:47

4. 14545 (Posts: 1676; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

I look at this as more of OJT than a "get rich quick" type of deal. Is the pay going to be stellar coming out, probably not. Yet, this is a decent avenue to get people into programming as a career without needing the foreign languages/liberal arts "fluff" that comes with a typical 4 year degree. (most STEM's notwithstanding) Or in another way, think of this as community college career building.

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