Our Top Course Providers & Training Partners
Udacity’s about us page is truly inspiring (and no, they didn’t pay us to say so). It's no surprise that they are one of our top course providers. Founded by a former Google exec, the company aspires to teach skills that industry employers need today, deliver credentials endorsed by employers, and educate at a fraction of the cost of traditional schools. They offer Nanodegree programs and credentials, designed so professionals become Web Developers, Data Analysts, Mobile Developers, and more. Students acquire real skills through a series of online courses and hands-on projects that have less passive listening and more active doing; a recipe for your success. WehnerEd and Udacity’s beliefs align in that education is no longer a one-time event but a lifelong experience. Education should empower students to succeed not just in school but in life. Best of all, Udacity’s graduates get results! Finally, the company will give you half of your tuition back for free. What more could you ask for?
Summary: Udacity almost exclusively focuses on teaching skill sets that are poised for the future. Their nanodegrees cover topics such as self-driving cars and virtual reality will set you up for a career in industries that are growing faster than qualified students can fill the roles. Get ready for companies to fight over you for opportunities!
Firehose Project’s mission is to make online education personal and smart. Their main course teaches web development through a learn-by-doing curriculum, and 1-on-1 mentorship. They also provide career support to help their students earn the coding jobs they’ve worked hard for. Started over 4 years ago, the company has taught hundreds of students at places like Harvard, Carnegie Mellon, Babson University, Brown University, AND Rhode Island School of Design through in-person classes before expanding into teaching technical concepts online. Their curriculum is unique in that it adapts to each student along the way to ensure it’s taught at the correct pace for each individual. Concepts are also fortified if a student is struggling with a particular concept. This alone makes them one of the best providers on the market! Today Firehose is one of the leading online bootcamps that helps people who are stuck in their current job or are looking to break into tech; giving them the boost they need. The company has graduated close to 1,000 students around the world and has tens of thousands coding with them on their free courses.
Coursera is one of the best companies in the online education industry. Their content consists mostly of MOOCs, that is, content created in colleges and universities for widespread accessibility across the web. Put another way, Coursera gives you access to thousands of college classes without having to pay steep college tuition bills. Online courses, specializations, and degrees are taught by leading professors and experts from schools including Stanford University, Yale, University of Michigan, MIT, Duke, Rice, and more. Additionally, companies including PwC and Google post high-quality industry-relevant specialties as well.
Summary: Coursera provides high-quality content at an affordable price. Classes tend to be more focused on video lectures and are less immersive without collaborative or interactive assignments. Depending on your learning style, this could suit you well… or put you to sleep.
Per their website, “Treehouse is the online coding school and one of our course providers that offers tech skills to everyone, creating opportunities for students to get a career in technology. Students learn real-world skills like how to build websites and create iPhone, Android and web apps. The Treehouse learning platform is top-rated and includes 1,000+ video tutorials, quizzes, and code challenges created by in-house, expert teachers, so students gain up-to-date training in the most popular tech topics.”
Summary: Treehouse is one of the go-to education course providers that we highly recommend. Their services mirror many of the premium features that are offered by bootcamps (complete curriculum to ready you for a career right away, real-world projects, direct access to mentors, and apprenticeships) while retaining the affordability of platforms like Udacity and edX.
Khan Academy is a non-profit educational organization created in 2006 by educator Salman Khan with a goal of creating a set of online tools that help educate students K-12 and beyond. Their website provides a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere, and teaches math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. The organization produces short YouTube lectures and supplements their videos with adaptive and interactive online quizzes that ensure you understand the material before moving onto the next topic. Their services supplement students in the classroom but are also available to learners at home. Khan Academy’s content has been rigorously aligned with the Common Core Standards (details here and here) in an effort to prepare students for success in higher-level learning.
Summary: If you’re looking to build a strong foundation in math or basic programming before diving into more advanced classes or bootcamps, as one of our top course providers, Khan Academy is an excellent place to start!
Udemy is an open-ended platform where “experts” create educational content to share with others. Their content catalog extends far beyond math and computer skills while approaching curriculum in business, marketing, law, and real estate. Some caution should be exercised when choosing classes from Udemy. Many are taught by true industry experts with educational experience, while others could be taught by amateurs who are looking to swindle for an easy passive income. As a result, course content varies significantly and class certifications are valued less consistently in industry. Seek classes with high ratings that also provide supplemental assignments with hands-on activities.
Pro-tip: the site frequently discounts course prices, so if prices are high and your learning timeline is flexible, check back every few weeks to save yourself significant costs.
Summary: Udemy is generally one of the more affordable course providers and has a very extensive selection of learning material. Aim for classes with many positive reviews, and focus more on the skills as takeaways more than their less-valuable “participation trophy” certificates.
Similar to Coursera, FutureLearn hosts a catalog of MOOCs from esteemed institutions. Based out of the United Kingdom and partnered with more than a dozen universities, the course catalog focuses on cutting edge skills such as robotics, computer vision, and genomics while also hosting topics on social enterprise, financial fundamentals, and environmental concerns. Access to lecture content and quizzes is free while enrolled, however, users must subscribe in order to take exams and earn certifications. Additionally, a subscriber account also provides access to the content even after you complete the course. Most valuable are FutureLearn’s curated degrees which can earn college credits and can lead to graduate diplomas and masters degrees.
Summary: FutureLearn’s catalog of courses continues to grow, and their ability to deliver affordable accredited college credit makes them a strong recommendation for your educational journey.
Summary: If you have the time to truly immerse yourself in a demanding bootcamp, you will grow your skills in a short amount of time, and be knocking on the door of opportunity before you know it!
Lynda.com is a leading online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Through monthly subscriptions, members have access to the entire Lynda.com video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts. Lynda is unique in the fact that their catalog includes 3D printing, computer-aided design, Microsoft Office skills, music production, and more. Because the site doesn’t provide a rating system for their courses, it can be difficult to identify which ones are worth your time and money. Classes generally assume a moderate level of education from their students, as their target audience members are professionals looking to refine or supplement their skills. Classes are taught in English, German, French, and Spanish.
Summary: Especially now that they’re managed by parent-company Microsoft, Lynda continues to be a strong player for training professionals. Founded in 2002, they’re certainly less hip than the youngsters on the block, but Lynda’s classes have stood the tests of time.
edX is a non-profit MOOC provider that offers “MicroMasters” programs with college credits. The site has a strong list of partners that includes The University of Texas at Austin, Harvard, Berkley, MIT, Georgetown, and University of Adelaide. Free and paid certifications are generally widely accepted in industry, and the site claims recognition by Adobe, GE, IBM, and more. As a 5-year-old company, edX’s catalog of courses is extensive and focuses on highly-demanded skills in today’s marketplace.
Summary: You’re sure to learn a relevant degree from edX. Their future-focused curriculum includes cloud computing, digital marketing, and artificial intelligence. Degrees can cost upwards of $1000, but compared to the price of 4-year universities, this feels like a steal. Would recommend.