What you learn is important.
Who you learn from is everything.
You have to learn from the best to be the best.
Skills, habits, hacks, attitude, mentality…. all of that can be passed from expert to apprentice, mentor to mentee, and teacher to student.
At Besomebody, we have a strong point of view on education.
We’re building a platform to make it more affordable, practical and passion-based. We are focusing on skills, and we want to help people get jobs. And the entire time we’ve been building, we’ve been learning too, from the best.
In the last 18 months I’ve had the chance to learn from some of the most inspiring educators from some of the world’s most prestigious colleges – Harvard, Princeton, MIT, Rice, Penn State, Columbia and, today, Stanford. There’s no question that the gold standard for learning is still America’s top-tier universities.
Those schools give you much more than a classroom; the entire college EXPERIENCE enables multi-sensorial growth and a lifetime of opportunities.
But not everyone can go to those schools. (The Ivy League, for example, represents just 0.1% of all undergraduate college students).
And many of those who CAN get into the top schools can’t afford it. The cost of college is more expensive than ever.
Others just don’t want to get saddled with decades of student debt. And some people have different learning styles and different needs and different circumstances.
So what are their options?
There are about 7.5 million people going to community college in the U.S. The average annual cost for tuition at a community college is about $10,000.
For-profit schools – schools like ITT Tech – are much worse. Nearly 2 million people pay $25K a year in tuition for these schools with awful graduation and job placement rates.
And neither of the above two options – community colleges and for-profit schools – give those nearly 10 million people that “college experience” that we all agree is important.
The data clearly shows that they leave you in debt, and unemployed. We are building a new model – with input from experts like those here at Stanford – with our Besomebody Paths that we believe can be a part of the solution.