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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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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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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 Recognized as one of Inc. Magazine's 2017 Best Workplaces
June 1, 2017 Wins $100k Inspire Grant to Expand Tuition-Free College Program
May 8, 2017 Recognized with Bay Area Best Places to Work Award
April 27, 2017

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