Businesses Get In on Preparing College Graduates for the Business World

The difficult job market for young graduates has spawned a mini-industry of its own.

Young people seeking an edge who have the financial wherewithal increasingly are turning to career “boot camp” companies like General Assembly, FullBridge, and others, paying as much as $11,500 for short courses in computer coding, business basics, or immersion classes on “soft skills” of the workplace.

In a few cases, colleges themselves are footing the bill. Universities are getting into the act, too, offering programs in the mode of Dartmouth College’s 16-year-old Tuck Business Bridge Program. Georgetown University is starting one this summer to teach “the glossary of business” to liberal-arts majors.

Now a new company called Koru—co-founded by Josh Jarrett, who used to head higher-education-innovation programs at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation—is stepping up its profile. The Seattle-based venture announced on Thursday that 13 selective private colleges had signed on as “partner institutions,” including Bates, Denison, and Whitman Colleges and Brown University. <Read more.>

Via Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education.