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Broadway0474
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4/27/2015 | 10:57:35 PM
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Michelle, I agree that I am curious just how MUCH of a percentage of salary Make School would take from a salary. But if that percentage remains constant no matter how much you're making, then it ultimately is a fairer way to assess the true value of an education. A college loan costs the same no matter if your college degree got you a job as a Google engineer or as a hamburger flipper.
Michelle
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Michelle,
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4/27/2015 | 10:19:50 PM
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I'm eagar to see how this program evolves over time and if the model works. This would be a major disruption to the traditional university model. I do worry about the percentage taken by the school once you land the first gig. I would hate to see that replacing student loan payment as a major stressor.
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4/27/2015 | 12:01:07 PM
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@Stratustician: What amazes me the most is how many countries give free education even though it costs them a ton, and this kind of apporach is usually beneficial. The students can concentrate on their studies because they don't have a pressure of finding a job to support their families. That is why you see most of the research work is done by students in countries where education is free.
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4/27/2015 | 11:59:01 AM
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@SunitaT0: I think what has to change is the mentality for education. Education does not mean bookish studies of practicals it also means hands on training and understanding of the concepts. Our education system do not take hands on work seriously and that is why even with all the good grades and skills, our freshers don't get decent placements at MNC's due to lack of problem solving skills.
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4/26/2015 | 5:49:40 AM
Re: New model for education in STEM?
I wish this is implemented in other countries as well. I too have seen college grads with top marks but practically no skill and we have to spend quite an amount of time, money and energy to train them. If they would have learnt study through hands on training that would have been great, but most of the time internships aren't possible without skipping semesters or exams.
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4/22/2015 | 11:26:14 AM
New model for education in STEM?
I love the idea behind this type of program.  Not only does it move away from the traditional learning model that we've all gotten used to when it comes to universities and college, but it puts an emphasis on getting experience working with the technology at the same time.  Not only does it let students really get a feel for the field, but it also gives them something to show for their education.

If that wasn't good enough, having a model where tuition is free, and is rather paid through a payback model once the student enters the workforce.  A great idea, as it makes it easier to get into these types of programs from a financial standpoint, and removes the worry about having a huge bill without employment lined up.

I hope to see more of these types of education models set up in other countries to help drive accessibility to STEM programs, and help reduce the anticipated gap in qualified workforces in the next decade.


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