Last night at the first ever "Provo Buzz Live AMA", I had the opportunity of representing Market Campus
alongside John Richards of Startup Ignition
and Cahlan Sharp of DevMountain
. During the event we answered many questions that were asked via the Provo Buzz AMA page
(videos will be posted tomorrow). However, the most significant part of the event happened at the beginning when all three bootcamps announced the launch of "Skills Association
", a network of the top skills-based training programs in the world. The coolest part of all of this is that it is starting right here in Provo, Utah. Mayor John Curtis followed with his remarks about this amazing announcement and what it means for Provo.
You may be reading this thinking, "Uhh, that's cool I guess? I don't see why this is a big deal." Allow me to give my two cents.
Yearly college enrollment has been steadily declining every year for the past few years while programs like DevMountain, Market Campus and Startup Ignition have been growing rapidly. Society is recognizing the value in focusing on a specific trade and getting hands-on experience for a fraction of the cost and time.
As more programs like these continue to launch throughout the country (and the world), it is going to be harder for the average person to filter out the elite programs from the mediocre programs. That is where Skills Association comes in.
Skills Association only accepts the best of the best into its network. If a skills-based program is listed in their network, you can feel good about enrolling in that program. All accepted schools/programs must meet certain standards of quality.
With organizations like Skills Association
launching right here in Provo, it continues to solidify the fact that Provo is a serious player in the tech industry.