Published by Jason Scott, March 16, 2018 at 3:00 AM in the Central Penn Business Journal
As many colleges and universities adjust to declining enrollment, a new education startup backed by a mid-state university is developing a low-cost alternative to help students find information technology jobs without a degree.
NuPaths LLC, a for-profit company co-founded by Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, aims to provide IT certifications to high school graduates and people changing careers. The company’s programs can be completed in three to six month and are designed to polish students’ skills in areas such as help-desk support, software testing and IT security.
“It’s different than a degree program. We’re focused on very specific IT job roles,” said Andy Petroski, a company co-founder and senior new product development consultant at the university.
For students who lack the time or don’t have tens of thousands of dollars for a four-year degree program, NuPaths offers a quicker, lower-cost option. It is slated to cost about $5,000 per student when it opens up enrollment this summer for the fall semester.
For employers, NuPaths offers a potential source of entry-level workers in a tight labor market.