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June 14, 2013 - 9:35 pm

From Business Insider.

People have started to realize that putting in four years and racking up tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt only to find yourself out of a job (or working as a barista at Starbucks) is a raw deal.

Some entrepreneurs and academics have decided to do something about it. They’re looking to give quality education for free online, or job training in fields that actually pay enough to afford their tuition.

Several of the programs have over 90% of graduates working as software engineers, making an average salary of over $80,000 per year, for instance.

There’s a list of twelve of these companies, for those of you who just had kids graduate from high school and are having the higher education wallet panic right now.

Stephen Kruiser is a professional comedian and writer who has also been a conservative political activist for over two decades. A co-founder of the first Los Angeles Tea Party, Kruiser often speaks to grassroots groups around America and has had the great honor of traveling around the world entertaining U.S. troops.

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This is a very interesting development and quite an exciting one.

In the last several years, things have been getting very weird in the way of hiring practices. A friend saw an ad at the local hospital for a job as a porter. As I understand it, a porter simply pushes trolleys from Point A to Point B within the hospital. It sounds like the kind of job that could be done by anyone who has mastered breathing through their nostrils. Yet when my friend looked at the application requirements, she found that you needed a special one year diploma program from the local community college. Unless there's a great deal more to the job than I can imagine (or believe), preposterous requirements are being created for very simple jobs. I don't even want to speculate on why; I can't think of anything that makes much sense.

I remember another ad that I saw about 15 years back. Someone wanted a fulltime Java programmer and insisted on them having five years full-time experience with it. The only thing is, Java had only been around a year or maybe two, tops. It was like someone trying to hire a pilot and insisting on five years full time professional flying experience the year after the Wright Brothers first flew at Kitty Hawk.

The developments described in the cited article seem to be a sharp turn in the opposite direction. There's a lot to be said for making the stated qualifications for a job fit the actual needs of the job!

The big question in my mind is whether employers will actually hire the people who graduate from these new programs. I'm also curious to see how the traditional colleges and universities will respond. Somehow, I just KNOW there's going to be some major pushback on that! They just aren't going to quietly let their elite academies go down the drain if young people actually start using these new programs.
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>Someone wanted a fulltime Java programmer and insisted on them having five years full-time experience with it. The only thing is, Java had only been around a year or maybe two, tops.<

I spent 25 years in the software industry. In most of the companies I worked for, the HR "specialists" had no idea what the people they recruited actually did. So when a new position was created, and they had to draft requirements for it, they simply cut and pasted from an existing job description. The hiring managers often paid no attention to the specified qualifications for the job, and hired people based on intuition, and "gut" feeling. It didn't always work out, but an amazing number of employees learned what they needed to know on the job.
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Fascinating. I'm approaching the college selection process with two very bright kids and a few of these these options seem appealing, especially Hack Reactor.
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