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Pathways to Tech in Austin

It’s no surprise that tech is the fastest growing industry sector in Austin, comprising 14.1% of all jobs in Austin. Nationally, high tech accounts for 7.0% of all jobs. We know there are well paying and in-demand tech jobs available in Austin. However, it’s not always clear where to get started or which education program to pursue that will lead to that great job. We also know the destination helps, and it’s equally important (and slightly more difficult) to know where we are in relationship to where we want to be.  Fortunately, Austin has a wealth of programs and organizations that have…

The PelotonU Playbook: Faster, Farther, Together – with Data

Faster, farther, together.  A peloton is a group of cyclists that rides close together to save energy.  PelotonU exists for our students to journey faster and further to their goals and degrees together, with the support of our PelotonU community). Student input and feedback on the program is an invaluable puzzle piece for us to work faster together, so we can go further.  We seek student voices informally, including in conversations about upcoming events, office culture, and ideas on new resources/curriculum.  We also involve students in the hiring process for new staff and invite students to share their experiences with…

2018 Academic Onboarding Start Dates

We have 10 cohorts starting PelotonU in 2018! Academic onboarding is the first four week trial period at PelotonU. This is when you learn the routines of online classes. Each week you’ll meet with your CCA, complete academic assignments, and spend time in our office. After successful completion of Academic Onboarding, you’ll enroll in college! Here are the official start dates for Academic Onboarding in 2018: February 5, 2018 March 5, 2018 April 2, 2018 May 7, 2018 June 4, 2018 July 9, 2018 August 6, 2018 September 4, 2018 October 9, 2018 November 5, 218 If you’re interested in joining…

Media

Press & Media   Can These New Colleges Help Solve Higher Education’s Equity Problem? (EdSurge)   Austin non-profit helping adults earn college degrees (KVUE)   Changing Adult Students’ Lives with Competency-Based Education (E-Learn Magazine)   Charity Chats (Charity Charge)   Meet Higher Education’s Newest Players: Education Sherpas (Chronicle of Higher Ed)   College Built for Non-Traditional Students (OpenIDEO)   Moving Beyond the Grant: Unlocking New Funds to Grow Your Organization (Mission Capital)   Talent Development and Personalization Central to Long-Term Success (The Evolllution)   Student Mentoring, the post-traditional Learner, and Unbundled Education (Moonshot Edu)   New Chances with a New Model for…

2015 Annual Report

  How We Got Here In October 2012, three working college students took a risk and enrolled in college with PelotonU. Since then we’ve learned and grown, and better understood how to serve students in Austin. Our Vision Our vision is that any student with the will and drive to graduate from college can earn a degree debt-free, regardless of geography or economics. Our Mission Our mission is to provide working students with a pathway and the support to graduate from college on-time and debt-free. Our Beliefs We believe every student should have access to a high-quality college education, but…

A History of Gratefulness at PelotonU

I was at a birthday party last Sunday for Zoe, a friend who has been instrumental in PelotonU’s growth. As she blew out the candles, I looked around and realized her twenty guests were strangers two years ago, and now we were friends. At some point, nearly every guest had taken a meeting, made an introduction, shot down an idea, or listened to my fears — and I had done the same for them. Without them, we wouldn’t have made it this far. For PelotonU to come this far we needed each of them, because it takes a village to build a…

PelotonU 2015 Q3 Update

It’s a rainy Saturday in November, and I’m sitting at the office wondering which story to tell. On the one hand, we’ve made more progress in the past three months than in the previous six. We doubled in size, exceeded our Q2 metrics on every indicator, partnered with two top online universities, built a student-focused website, and moved into our first office. On the other hand, we’re also in a season of reflection. Our team is convinced — more so than ever before — that working students need a better way to earn their degree, and our approach is the most effective and affordable…

PelotonU 2015 Q2 Update

We have spent the past year developing a more nuanced understanding of the students we can effectively serve, building and replicating high-quality support, and mapping the path to greater impact and financial sustainability. Here’s our first report from the field. Want to help us continue providing hard-working adults in Central Texas a pathway t o a college degree? Contribute towards our work or suggest PelotonU to a local employer. Details on both options below. As you can see, we are well on our way and picking up steam. Key Performance Indicators 18 students This includes nine students enrolled in college and nine who…