RAISING THE BAR: AT&T will offer 200 scholarships for underserved students to enroll in a Udacity online tech training MOOC. The courses are self-paced, designed to be completed within 6-12 months, and include access to personalized coaches and industry experts. Graduates of the program will receive nanodegrees relating to high-demand tech skills, and will be eligible for 100 paid internships at AT&T. The 200 scholarships will be awarded through 10 non-profits, including Girls Who Code and Boys & Girls Clubs of America, in conjunction with AT&T Aspire, the company’s education initiative.
As AT&T Senior Vice President of Human Resources Operations Scott Smith explained to Marketwatch, nanodegrees “will soon become a key part of AT&T’s training and talent acquisition model and our hope is it will be recognized by other employers in a similar fashion.”