Facebook's Open Academy Offers CS Credits

GET CREDIT--AND MAYBE A JOB: Get credit for real-world work. That's the idea behind Facebook's public launch of the Open Academy, a partnership with universities in which computer science students will receive college credit for contributing to open source projects like Mozilla Open Badges. At the beginning of each semester, students will be paired with mentors for a kickoff session at Facebook HQ, after which they work remotely from school. There's more than credits at stake as well: TechCrunch says this initiative "isn't entirely altruistic" and suggests Facebook may give hiring preference to participating students. The 2014 winter session begins in February with students from 22 universities.

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