Online platform helps Bay Area workers get free bachelor's degree
August 23, 2017
" classes are available nationwide for third-grade through college students, but the Working Scholars program in Silicon Valley is targeted at workers and residents wanting to get a bachelor's degree in Mountain View, Gilroy and East Palo Alto."
Silicon Valley Company Offering Free College Degree to Every Adult Living or Working in Its City
Jan 25, 2017
"Ridner and Wilson started to "disrupt" the expensive, exclusive world of higher education. They offer more than one thousand video-based courses, 80 of them eligible for transferable college credit."

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Beating the Spring Slump: 3 Programs to Keep Employees Motivated
April 23, 2018 CEO and Co-founder Adrian Ridner pens a contributed piece about programs that will motivate employees to beat the "spring slump"
These 9 colleges produce the most CEOs
March 28, 2018
"Ultimately, what the research shows is that the difference between having a bachelor's degree and not having a bachelor's degree is huge," says Adrian Ridner, CEO and co-founder of online education company "It's not as clear that the exact school makes that big of a difference at the end of the career."
Looking the Future in the Face
March 22, 2018
Adrian Ridner, CEO and co-founder of, a website providing online courses for college credit, said that different generational leadership styles are a result of specific values. Millennials tend to focus more on collaboration and flexibility, according to Ridner.
The 45 Best Companies to Work For in the Bay Area
March 1, 2018
Employees say: "The biggest thing for me is the transparency. We have access to pretty much any piece of data that we could ask for and leadership is almost always open to discussing where we are and where we're headed, often seeking input from employees."
Consider These Initiatives When Developing First-Time Managers
February 21, 2018
"Prior to a promotion, a succession planning process should involve preparing talent by adding responsibilities and learning opportunities," said Adrian Ridner, CEO and co-founder of, an online education platform for traditional students and corporate learning in Mountain View, California.
How Companies Can Change Their Culture to Attract (and Retain) Millennials
February 12, 2018
"Create a company culture where colleagues work together toward a meaningful goal and where team members' voices can be heard," added Adrian Ridner, CEO and co-founder of "Provide opportunities for cross-training so employees can grow and work with other teams."
Perris to help city employees obtain bachelor's degrees through online classes
February 3, 2018
The program gives city employees the opportunity to take online courses at, transfer the credits to the nonprofit and accredited Thomas Edison State University and work toward completing a bachelor's degree online…
Program offers Sunnyvale residents online college degree, for free
January 18, 2018
[Adrian] Ridner said the program expanded to Sunnyvale because of the rising cost of living there. "The difference between earning potential of someone with a bachelor's degree vs. someone who is just one or two credits short is over 54 percent lifetime earnings," Ridner said.
Four Tools That Take Blended Learning to the Next Level
January 11, 2018 allows independent learners to take their education into their own hands. Through the use of over 22,000 interactive video lessons, students can tailor their courses and learn at their own pace.
Retirement: 6 tips for juggling retirement and college savings
January 8, 2018
"AP [advanced placement] programs or transferrable online courses can help your child earn college credit early, speeding up the path to graduation," says Adrian Ridner, CEO and co-founder of, a site dedicated to making education affordable.
9 Most Impressive Government Successes of 2017
December 21, 2017 launched the Working Scholars program to bring tuition-free college degrees to working adults living in the California cities of Mountain View, Sunnyvale, East Palo Alto, and Gilroy, with plans to expand to other communities in 2018.
The 5 types of colleges every student should apply to
November 24, 2017
Today, [Adrian] Ridner works to provide students with the educational resources that he didn't have in high school. " That's one of the big reasons I ended up starting It wasn't just the fact that education became really inaccessible," he said. "I want to help students get the information that they need."
What Impact Can ADHD Have on a Child's Grades and Chances for Success in College?
October 13, 2017
[Adrian Ridner] explains that all students have a preferred way of learning, so keeping auditory, tactile, visual or other options in mind can be beneficial. "For those with ADHD, that preference is of utmost importance."
Is your big name education worth the price tag?
September 22, 2017
Finding valuable internships and activities that can build up your professional experience before you graduate will give you as big a leg up as an expensive diploma. "You can get a good education anywhere, it’s really about the effort you put into it," [Adrian Ridner] says, "college is really the beginning. You’ll have many opportunities to learn on the job."
Technology Companies Team Up To Eliminate 'Summer Melt'
July 23, 2017
...10 to 40 percent of college-intending students fail to enroll in college following their high school graduation. "That number is incredibly alarming and disproportionately affects low-income and minority students," said Adrian Ridner, CEO and co-founder of
Inc Best Workplaces 2017
June 2017
"At, we take hiring very seriously. We make sure that everyone we bring on to the team is passionate about education, brilliant at their profession, and dedicated to our mission of making education more affordable and available for all."
What's The Future Of Education?
April 11, 2017
"The classroom of the future will be different from today in several fundamental ways. We will see the rise of personalization and competency based education. Students will be unshackled from the physical classroom and time-based, grade-level progression." offers free bachelor's degrees to non-techies in Silicon Valley
June 21, 2017 CEO Adrian Ridner said 83 percent of adults in East Palo Alto over the age of 25 don't have a bachelor's degree, which is more than double the number in nearby Mountain View. "The need is very great and the bachelor's degree remains that foundation for upward mobility," he said.
Pilot Program Pairs Colleges with Coding Programs and GE to Boost Jobs
Aug 16, 2016
"Equal access to a bachelor's degree is the key to upward mobility for low-income students and the foundation for success in today\'s knowledge economy," Adrian Ridner, CEO and co-founder of, said in an emailed statement.
6 Ways to Keep Costs for a College Degree Less Than $10K
Oct 15, 2016
"Supplementing the traditional college experience with low-cost online courses, puts a college degree within reach of millions of American workers"
11 Tips for the Sandwich Generation: Paying for College and Retirement
October 3, 2016
"The first two years of college are mostly general education requirements, many of which can be completed with inexpensive online courses or through competency based exams like CLEP," says CEO and Co-founder Adrian Ridner. "On average, these forms of alternative credit could save as much as $1,000 to $3,000 per course."
2 Big Trends for 2017: Wellness, Education
"Companies that have a large non-degreed workforce are recognizing the value of helping their employees get a college education," said CEO and Co-founder Adrian Ridner. "It makes sense in terms of attracting and retaining employees but also helps them grow employees into future leaders."
ESPN Radio
Jan 14, 2017
Pros and cons of 'free college' & how technology can help reduce the price of higher ed
Penn's Education Startups Learn How to Build Good Companies
Feb 10, 2017
"Focusing on the number of users at all costs is a mistake," says CEO and Co-founder Adrian Ridner. "I know of companies where the lifetime value of a customer is half of the cost it takes to acquire them. That is not a path to sustainable growth and long-term profitability."
15 Money Management Tips for College Students
April 10, 2016
"The extra years can make student loans balloon," says Jennifer McHam of "Online courses allow students more flexibility with scheduling and can help students catch up if they fall behind so that they can still graduate on time."
Mountain View Working Scholars is a Free Bachelor's Degree Program, but You Have to Live or Work in Mountain View to Enroll
Dec 23, 2016
"Approximately 45% of adults over the age of 25 living in Mountain View do not have a bachelor's degree. With the high costs of rents, home prices and other living expenses in the bay area, a college degree can be the key to unlocking greater earning potential, says CEO and Co-founder Adrian Ridner." Launches New Resources to Help Students with ADHD
Oct 24, 2016
"Over 6.4 million students with ADHD are struggling with the traditional classroom setting," said Adrian Ridner, CEO and Cofounder of, in a statement. "Parents, teachers and technology must all work together to accommodate the special needs of these students."
4 Secrets Colleges Don't Want You to Know That Could Save You Thousands on Tuition
Oct 18, 2016
"Be aggressive about staying on track and be aware of the implications of changing majors or delaying prerequisite courses", said Adrian Ridner, CEO of "If you do fall behind, get creative and explore alternative credit options, like competency based exams or online courses"
Payscale's Higher Ed ROI Rankings Balance Discussion of College Cost
July 8, 2015
"Nearly one-third of college graduates who responded to a recent online survey said the cost of tuition and the prospect of debt affected their decision about where to go to college."

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March 5, 2018
Sunnyvale Working Scholars Helps Residents Earn Tuition-Free College Degree
January 24, 2018 Works with Google to Provide Kid-Friendly Learning Opportunities with the Google Assistant
November 6, 2017 Expands Tuition-Free College Initiative to East Palo Alto
August 21, 2017
Philz Coffee Partners with to Provide Employees with Low-Cost Pathway to College Degree
August 9, 2017

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