UDACITY, now a professional development provider for aspiring developers and software engineers, has graduated 1,000 students, reports Re/code. The company pivoted away from general MOOCs to engineer-specific "nanodegrees" in 2014, halting the expansion of its MOOCs but still offering them. The nanodegrees, sponsored and built by tech companies, confer professional development credits in specific technical skills that engineers earn by taking classes and completing projects. Most learners take seven months to complete the degrees. Of the 1,000 graduates, 150 have found new jobs.
The company has raised $55 million so far, and one investor, Google, was partially responsible for the launch of the nanodegree program in Egypt and India.