provides JetBlue crewmembers a low-cost runway to a college degree

Alternative credit programs help dramatically cut tuition costs.

April 18, 2016

Mountain View, CA - Frustrated by the skyrocketing costs of college tuition, innovative companies like JetBlue want more affordable options for helping employees earn a college degree. Alternative credit programs like cut the cost of a college degree in half—making it possible for companies to stretch their dollars further and cover more tuition costs for employees.

"Our college assistance program, JetBlue Scholars, is opening new doors for crewmembers who want to earn a degree but face barriers like cost and family obligations while working full-time. Without partners like, our flexible, low-cost model simply couldn't work. Their coursework is great for self-directed learning. The bite-sized and engaging videos are ideal for our crewmembers who are always on the move," said Bonny Simi, founder of JetBlue Scholars.

The JetBlue Scholars program, which recently launched, currently has 400 crewmembers advancing towards their bachelor's degrees. Coursework is completed online through or another partner and transferred to Thomas Edison State University. The first class is scheduled to complete curriculum requirements in May.

Alternative credit programs like's College Accelerator allow students to fulfill most of their degree requirements at an accelerated pace and at a lower cost than traditional degree programs. Students watch self-paced video lessons, earning credit on their own schedules. After students complete a course, helps them transfer credits to a specific partner school like Thomas Edison State University or one of 2,000 other schools. Students complete their final courses with the university that grants their degree.

"College is too expensive, and it doesn't have to be," says Adrian Ridner Co-founder and CEO of "Since's College Accelerator is so affordable, employees can use the same employer-provided assistance to take more courses than they could at a traditional school. They can be on an accelerated college path while enjoying the flexibility of self-paced online courses." is one of the largest providers of alternative college credit offering more than 50 college courses including: psychology, business, algebra, calculus, biology, US history, sociology and more. The self-paced, online courses consist of short, 5 to 10-minute, video lessons that can be watched on any mobile device for learning on the go. Credit from college courses is accepted by 2,000 colleges and universities.

About is the simplest, most efficient way to earn college credit online. Over 25 million students a month use our online courses and study tools to master any subject. The website helps students in kindergarten through college excel academically and professionals gain the skills they need in the workplace.'s animated videos bring concepts to life and provide an easy, low-cost way to improve grades, earn college credit and close skill gaps. was founded in 2002 and is a privately-held company located in Mountain View, California.

About JetBlue

JetBlue is New York's Hometown Airline™ and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Los Angeles (Long Beach), Orlando and San Juan. JetBlue carries more than 32 million customers a year to 96 cities in the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of 900 daily flights. For more information, please visit

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