Enstitute Enlists Support of The Kauffman Foundation and Opens New Applications
Expands Education Program to Include Digital Media/Advertising & Non-Profit/ Social Good
NEW YORK, NY – Enstitute, the startup apprenticeship based higher education program, announced today their expansion into Digital Media/Advertising and Non-Profits/Social Good with the launch of applications for their next class of fellows. With the research support of the Kauffman Foundation, Enstitute’s second class will nearly triple in size with plans to expand the program nationwide by 2014.
Launched in early 2012, the first class of fellows have completed their first four months on the job under some of NYC’s top technology entrepreneurs including Hilary Mason of Bitly, and Ben Lerer of Thrillist. Enstitute fellows pair real-world, on the job, experience with an online curriculum of foundational courses curated through partnerships with Tree House and Skillshare and MOOCs from Harvard, Stanford, MIT, and Coursera.
“We’re offering students another option for higher education that has a stronger focus on practicality and skills but a commitment to creating well-rounded and educated generation,” says Kane Sarhan, Co-Founder of Enstitute. “By sourcing top-tier educational content that is available online and through partnerships, as well as pairing it with apprenticeship-based learning, we are able to provide our fellows with the best of both worlds.”
Research and program development for the new class is being done in collaboration with The Kauffman Foundation. The Kauffman Foundation is regarded as, “one of the largest foundations in the United States—or as the world’s largest foundation devoted to entrepreneurship,” and has been featured everywhere from Fast Company to the The Examiner. Dane Stangler, Director of Research at The Kauffmann Foundation says, “Enstitute is an innovative way to address major shortcomings in American education and how we prepare people to participate in the entrepreneurial economy. We’re excited and proud to be involved.”
In 2013, Enstitute and the Kauffmann Foundation will be releasing reports concerning our fellows’ growth and the importance of supplemental curriculum in correlation with on the job experiences.
Applications will be open from December 4th – February 15th. You can learn more about the application and program by visiting: http://enstituteu.com.
Enstitute, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is implementing a new low-cost model of higher education. With an apprenticeship-based “Learn by Doing” approach that pairs students with their interests, Enstitute is turning startups and small businesses into classrooms. Enstitute works with the best entrepreneurs and innovators to educate tomorrow’s workforce, revitalize economies, and transform lives through entrepreneurship focused education.