A leading purveyor of online education is willing to guarantee its graduates a job in tech, or their money back.
Udacity, the massive open online course pioneer led by former Google car head and Stanford University professor Sebastian Thrun, announced Wednesday that it will refund students who do not find employment within six months of completing one of four so-called Nanodegrees.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the degrees are in the super hot technology disciplines of Android Developer, iOS Developer, Machine Learning Engineer and Senior Web Developer. The new program, called Nanodegree Plus, costs $299 per month, up from $199 for standard Nanodegree courses. On average, a Udacity degree is earned by studying 10 hours a week for between six to nine months.
A nine-month-long Udacity Nanodegree Plus class would cost $2,700. The average starting salary for an Android developer is $88,000, according to Glassdoor.