This post is sponsored by Praxis. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Recently, our family was playing a game together when my 6 year old says out of the blue, “Do I have to go to college?”
He’s only 6 and I’m sure his thoughts on the matter will probably change several times as the years go by, but it’s a valid question. Because he’s only 6, my husband and I hadn’t discussed this in length, but I was happy to find that we were on the same page anyway. Our answer to him was the same, “No, you don’t.”
Don’t go to College?!
You might be wondering if we’re crazy not to direct our children toward college. In today’s society, kids are pushed toward college prep tests when they are in the 6th grade these days.
But what if you don’t want to start your adult life with 4 more years of schooling and tens of thousands of dollars in debt? Can you be successful without a college education?
Yes! There are many other options besides college–vocational training, apprenticeships, on-the-job training, etc.! In fact, I recently read an article about Google hiring practices–apparently a growing number of their higher-level employees have no college education! And I’ve been seeing more and more articles like this one that discuss viable alternatives to college.
Let me just say here that we aren’t against college. My husband has a 2-year degree in forestry and I have a masters degree in English Literature. We just want our children to know that there are options available to them. Praxis is one such alternative.
What is Praxis?
Simply put, Praxis is an amazing opportunity for young adults!
Praxis is an intensive 10-month program for entrepreneurial young people who want real-world career experience and the best of online education all in one.
What’s different about this program?
- Real world experience! Participants are placed with small businesses where they create real value in the workplace and interact with CEO’s and founders.
- Meaningful curriculum–interdisciplinary training modules, practical skills, and compilation of a portfolio.
I believe real world experience trumps classroom education any day. One of the best things about praxis is that participants don’t graduate from the program with a simple piece of paper. They graduate from the program with real world experience. An endorsement from the business they partnered with. A portfolio showing their own work and value. Few things are more rewarding than a job well done. Through this program, motivated participants can learn this lesson quickly.
Gap Year/College Alternative
Praxis is not only a great college alternative, it is also a great opportunity for 18-20 something students who are eager for opportunity, but not quite ready for college yet. Or maybe they simply need a break from the school routine. This is a great way for young adults to get some real world experience to help guide their future choices, or potentially jump start their career.
Praxis is a 10 month program, and the terms run from September-June and February-November. You can apply now for the September 2014 enrollment.
The program costs $12,000. At first glance, this seems like a pretty big number. However, throughout the program, students work for 30 hours per week with their designated partner, earning $12,000. So, considering the amount they earn while in the program, the net cost is $0! This is pretty phenomenal considering the priceless experience students earn. Praxis also breaks it down into payments–$2,000 upon acceptance and then $1,000 per month throughout the program. There are limited scholarship funds available as well.
You can learn more about Praxis and their vision and purpose by visiting them on facebook, twitter, youtube, or linked in. Or you can apply here before July 1, 2014 for the September 2014-June 2015 class. Also, if you are planning to attend a GHC convention, you can find them there.
What do you think is the most beneficial aspect of this program?