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Isaac Morehouse - Michael Gibson - Partner at 1517 Fund

Michael Gibson is a General Partner at 1517 Fund. Michael was pursuing a PhD in philosophy when it struck him that the really big ideas weren't being advanced within the walls of academia. He left, got into the tech world, and found himself running investor Peter Thiel's fellowship program for young college opt-outs. He's recently co-founded his own venture capital fund to support young people who want to work on big ideas outside of the classroom. Isaac and Michael discuss his love of literature and philosophy, how he wound up in Silicon Valley, and what it looks like to operate outside the status quo.

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Skill - Peter Callstrom - CEO of San Diego Workforce Partnership

Peter Callstrom is the President and CEO of the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP), the local Workforce Development Board for the City and County of San Diego. In early 2019, SDWP launched the first-of-its-kind Workforce Income Share Agreement (ISA) Fund. Capitalized with over $3M from initial philanthropic donations, the fund pays for post-secondary skills training in priority occupations.

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ATI - Danielle Strachman - Partner at 1517 Fund

Danielle Strachman is a Partner at 1517 Fund in San Francisco, which focuses on supporting young founders starting companies. 1517 partners with founders in a number of ways: mentorship and community building, kickstart grants of $1,000, and capital partnership through investment.

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Isaac Morehouse - Zak Slayback & Deryk Makgill

Zak Slayback was on scholarship at an Ivy League school. Deryk Makgill was on the dean's list at a top tier university. They both dropped out, and they're both glad they did. On today's show, Zak and Deryk join Isaac to discuss their experiences and offer thoughts on the university system and what dissatisfied students can do.

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UpSkill America - Nick Pinchuk - CEO of Snap-on

Nick Pinchuk is the Chairman and CEO of Snap-on, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of Columbus McKinnon Corporation, the National Association of Manufacturers, The Manufacturing Institute, the Manufacturer’s Alliance for Productivity and Innovation, and Carthage College. Nick served as the Chair of the Advisory Board for Skills for America’s Future at The Aspen Institute.

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UpSkill America - Success Stories: Graduates Share Their Stories

Upskilling program graduates from across the country and industries will share their personal experiences, how their program helped them, and what advice they would have for other participants and employers who are considering such programs.

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UpSkill America - The Value of Local and Regional Initiatives

What can civic and education leaders do to create an ecosystem that encourages employer and education partnerships that lead to upskilling programs? How do they ensure these programs develop a skilled workforce within a community that will serve existing employers and attract new ones?

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UpSkill America - How Large Employers Think about Upskilling

What is driving large employers to invest in new upskilling programs and what types of programs are they investing in? What is working well and what needs to get better? What advice do they have for other companies?

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UpSkill America - 5 Years of UpSkill America: What's Next?

The fifth anniversary of UpSkill America is here! At this special event, UpSkill America, an initiative of The Aspen Institute, looked both back at what they have learned about upskilling the last five years and forward to what the upskilling movement needs to achieve in the years ahead.

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Isaac Morehouse - Steve Patterson - Philosopher & Author on Credentialism

Isaac talks with Steve Patterson: Philosopher, Author, and the Host of the podcast Patterson in Pursuit. In his words, Steve is "obsessed with learning and have traveled the world to interview intellectuals about big ideas." On today's show, an excerpt from a longer conversation with Isaac, where he and Steve talk about credentialism and the pro's and con's of using credentials in the world of work.

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Week in Review & New Show Announcement

A summary of this past week, and an announcement about a new special for next week on Skill FM. (Sorry, but you have to listen to this episode if you want to find out what it is!)

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Skill - Warren Shaeffer - Co-Founder of Knowable

Warren and the team at Knowable are building audio courses to help people learn new skills from world leading experts and storytellers. Yes, it's an education podcast featuring an education company that is turning podcasts into audio courses to help educate people...our most meta conversation yet!

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HIR(ED) - Liz Eggleston - Co-Founder of Course Report

On this episode, Liz Eggleston presents "The State of the Bootcamp Industry: Outcomes, Demographics, and Attracting New Students." Liz is the Co-Founder of Course Report, the most complete, most-visited resource for students researching coding bootcamps on the internet.

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Isaac Morehouse - Blake Boles - Author & Self-Directed Learning Advocate

Isaac talks with Blake Boles: author, entrepreneur, and self-directed learning advocate. Blake is the Director of Unschool Adventures, a program to help unschoolers travel the world, and has written several books on education beyond school. He joins Isaac to discuss his own education and career journey and what he's learned along the way.

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Week in Review & New Show Announcement

A summary of this past week, a new record, and an announcement about our third new show on Skill FM. (Sorry, but you have to listen to this episode if you want to find out which one!)

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Skill - Alec Resnick - Director of Powerderhouse Studios

Is innovation possible in the traditional K-12 system? Today, a conversation with Alec Resnick, the co-founder of Powderhouse Studios in Somerville, Massachusetts. Powderhouse was nearly the first self-directed, public, in-district high school in the country. Over the course of more than five years, the Powderhouse team (with support from a wide variety of community organizations, foundations, experts, and policymakers) worked closely with Somerville Public Schools to develop a detailed, practical, and piloted plan to open a new high school…which was thwarted at the last minute by Somerville’s Superintendent and School Committee.

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Enrollhand - Trevor McKendrick - Chief of Staff at Lambda School

A special presentation of the Enrollhand Podcast, with Trevor McKendrick, Chief of Staff at Lambda School. Lambda is pioneering a new model of higher education in which the school invests in the students – not the other way around.

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CLOSE IT - Steve Cadigan - Silicon Valley Talent Advisor

Steve Cadigan is a highly sought-after talent advisor who advises a wide range of innovative organizations that include Twitter, Google, GoPro, The Royal Bank of Scotland, and the BBC.

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Isaac Morehouse - "NL" Morehouse, Isaac's Unschooled 10yo Son

Isaac talks with his (at the time) 10 year old son (pseudonym "NL"), who asked to join Isaac on an episode to talk about his experience as an unschooler. Isaac and NL chat about the pros and cons of unschooling, what a typical day looks like, and whether NL worries about not knowing the things he'll need to succeed.

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Week in Review & New Show Announcement

A summary of our second week back on the air and an announcement about our second new show on Skill FM. (Sorry, but you have to listen to this episode if you want to find out which one!)

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Skill - Tim Spurlock - President of American Diesel Training Centers

Tim Spurlock is the Co-Founder and President of American Diesel Training Centers in Columbus, Ohio. ADTC is a mechanic academy that trains students from any background to become diesel engine mechanics in 12 weeks.

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Isaac Morehouse - Zak Slayback - Investor at 1517 Fund

Isaac talks with his friend and former colleague at Praxis, Zak Slayback, currently an investor at 1517 Fund, about his recent and radical views on education, his love for aviation, and where he thinks the next big thing will come from.

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Week in Review & New Show Announcement

A summary of our first week back on the air and an announcement about the first new show on Skill FM. (Spoiler: You have to listen to this episode if you want to find out which one!)

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Exceptional Selection

The use of Exclusive or Equitable Selection models to choose applicants for schools or jobs is coming to end. Today, elite institutions, like Y Combinator and The Navy Seals, use Exceptional Selection to choose the best applicants. This new model, selects each individual based on their real world skills, rather than using tests, grades, or group membership in the selection process.

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Empowered Education

Today, new schools are being created that leverage technology to empower individuals to achieve their unique goals, as quickly, and inexpensively as possible. This is Empowered Education.

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The Age of Individuality

Today, the most innovative employers and schools are using new technologies to enable individuals to work and learn what, when, and how they want. This is why work and education are entering a new Age of Individuality.

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Introducing The World’s First "Podstation", Skill FM

Introducing Skill FM, the world’s first "podstation", a podcast feed with multiple shows related to today’s innovations in work and education. If you want to be a part of this community moving forward, then Skill FM is the place for you.

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Skill - Kerry McDonald - Author of "Unschooled"

Kerry McDonald is the Author of "Unschooled: Raising Curious, Well-Educated Children Outside the Conventional Classroom". She is also a frequent Forbes contributor on education topics, a Senior Education Fellow at the Foundation for Economic Education, and an Adjunct Scholar at the Cato Institute.

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Skill - Shaan Hathiramani - Flockjay - The Best On-ramp Into Tech

Shaan Hathiramani is the founder of Flockjay, an education startup based in Silicon Valley. Flockjay is a sales academy that trains students from any background to become sales reps for tech companies in only 12 weeks.

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Skill - Josh Scott - President at Guild Education - Education Benefits for Workers

Josh is the President at Guild Education in Denver. Guild has partnered with WalMart, Chipotle, Disney and more to offer education benefits to over 3 million employees.

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Skill - Garrett Smiley - Co-Founder at Sora Schools - Reimagining High School

Garrett Smiley is the Co-Founder of Sora Schools, an education startup based in Atlanta. Sora is an online, project-based high school where students explore their interests, learn however is best for them, and gain exposure to future careers and fields of work.

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Skill - Michael Itzkowitz - Senior Fellow at Third Way - Higher Ed is Now a Literal Gamble

Michael is responsible for shaping the higher education advocacy agenda at Third Way, a center-left think tank that the New York Times calls a bunch of “radical centrists”. Michael works to develop and implement policies to ensure that more low- and moderate-income students are earning degrees from quality programs that will equip them to succeed in the 21st century economy. Michael discusses Third Way's recent report, "Higher Ed’s Broken Bridge to the Middle Class".

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Skill - Sylvain Kalache - Co-Founder of Holberton School - Like Stanford, But Without Professors

Sylvain is the Co-Founder of Holberton School, a community driven school offering a two-year program to become a Full Stack Software Engineer using project based and peer learning methodologies. Holberton graduates earn more than similar CS grads from Stanford and MIT, but unlike these colleges, Holberton has no professors or teachers.

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Skill - Tramane Hall - Lambda School Grad - The American Dream is Real

Tramane is a recent graduate of Lambda School's Full Stack Web development program. He talks about his challenging life path before getting into Lambda School, and why the opportunity to hone his skills was such a game changer for him and his family. This story is an amazing example of how skill academies are providing a new path to achieve the American Dream.

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Skill - Rick O'Donnell - CEO of Skills Fund - Fueling the Accelerated Learning Revolution

Rick is the CEO and founder of Skills Fund, which provides students with funding to attend accelerated learning programs that have been rigorously vetted on the quality of their student outcomes. Previously, Rick founded and worked in multiple education technology companies, including the Acton Foundation, College Portfolio, and Fullbridge. Rick also spent time in the public sector, leading the Colorado Department of Higher Education. Rick talks about the challenges that we face in reforming higher ed, the history and future of accelerated learning programs, and the unsettled debate about whether loans or ISAs are better for students.

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Skill - Isaac Morehouse - CEO of Crash - Launching Careers Without Credentials

Isaac Morehouse is the CEO of Crash, the career launch platform, and the founder of Praxis, a startup apprenticeship program. Isaac has written 8 books about work and education, including "Don't Do Stuff You Hate" and "The Future of School: Reimagining Higher Education for the Next Generation". When he’s not with his wife and kids or building his company, he can be found smoking cigars, playing guitars, reading, writing, and watching sports teams from his home state of Michigan.

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Skill - Kim Taylor - CEO of Cluster - Hiring and Upskilling Engineers for Industry 4.0

Kim Taylor is the Founder and CEO of Cluster, a venture-backed marketplace that matches engineers to jobs and training in the industrial sector. Initially, Kim was trying to understand how the "skills gap" was impacting industrial America. But when she found a SpaceX engineer who couldn't switch careers, she realized something was wrong with this theory. Kim tells us how her 2nd venture backed company, Cluster, is solving the real problems facing industrial tech talent in America, today.

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Skill - Community Update from Chuck Trafton - edly

Today, I'm trying something new, a "Community Update" with Friend of the Show, Chuck Trafton, President of edly - The ISA Marketplace.

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Skill - Mona Mourshed - CEO of Generation - Tackling Global Youth Unemployment

Worldwide, more than 75 million young people are unemployed, despite the fact that many employers can’t find people with the skills they need for entry-level jobs. Today, we learn how Mona Mourshed and her team at Generation help youth (and recently, older, displaced workers) to gain these skills in countries from Kenya, to Brazil, to the United States.

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Skill - Mike Slagh - CEO of Shift - Helping Veterans Shift Careers

Every year, nearly 250,000 Americans from every town, and every walk of life, enter the workforce. They excel at teamwork, project completion, and soft skills. Today, we learn how Mike Slagh and his team help these amazing U.S. veterans shift to new careers, and in turn, better understand how any American can shift careers themselves.

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Skill - Jamai Blivin - CEO of Innovate + Educate - Skills-based Hiring

We talk a lot about skills today, but this actually is a recent phenomenon. My guest, Jamai Blivin, describes the history of how her non-profit, Innovate + Educate, coined and popularized skills-based hiring across the country, and lays out a vision for how higher ed can adapt to the new world of skills.

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Skill - Carlo Salerno - Education Economist - Why Colleges Should Cosign Student Loans

If you believe that colleges require more "skin in the game" to improve student outcomes, there is only one place to look: student loans. My guest, Carlo Salerno, makes the case for mandating that colleges share financial risk with their students.

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Skill - Chuck Trafton - President of edly - Leveling the Playing Field with ISAs

Yes, Income Share Agreements are innovations in educational financing. But, they may also be our best tool for helping untapped student groups access educational opportunities. Have we buried the lede when talking about ISAs?

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Skill - Trace Urdan - Knowledge Market Expert - The Profit Motive In Higher Education

The profit motive has led to so many innovations in higher education. So, why are we uncomfortable talking about it?

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Why I'm Changing The Podcast Name to "Skill" (Bonus Episode)

I’m excited to announce that I’m changing the name of this podcast to Skill.

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Rethink the MBA - Part 6 - MBA or Not, You Are Still You

"If you find yourself thinking that your life will be 180 degrees different because you have an MBA, you’re forgetting that you are still you, whether or not you have an MBA."

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Rethink the MBA - Part 5 - Good (and Bad) MBA Bets

"On average, certain careers are good bets, break-even bets, or one of many sucker bets. Like all heuristics, there are exceptions, but wagering $200,000 on being one of them is a bad idea."

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Rethink the MBA - Part 4 - The True Cost of an MBA

"I could save for retirement, pay for childcare, or pay my student loans. It was an easy choice. Retirement lost."

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Rethink the MBA - Part 3 - Get Your Dream Job, Or Don't Go

"There’s only one good reason to get an MBA: to get your Dream Job."

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Rethink the MBA - Part 2 - The MBA Gamble

"Treat the MBA like a gamble, and then play accordingly."

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