This is not the first time GitHub and Udacity have partnered on something, but it’s certainly one of the most exciting. Udacity is now being included in GitHub’s Student Developer Pack!
GitHub’s commitment to providing educational opportunities for all aspiring learners is well known. Between this and their importance to the global developer community, they make a fantastic partner as we collectively seek to bring new opportunities to more students worldwide everyday.
The Student Developer Pack
GitHub’s Student Developer Pack is a perfect example of this. As they write on their site:
There’s no substitute for hands-on experience, but for most students, real world tools can be cost prohibitive. That’s why we created the GitHub Student Developer Pack with some of our partners and friends: to give students free access to the best developer tools in one place so they can learn by doing.
This is a suite of tools for students of all levels, and it includes things like Atom, CrowdFlower, Stripe, Visual Studio, and of course, GitHub! And now, for the first time, GitHub is including a provider of educational courses in its Student Developer Pack. Can you guess who? Wait for it, wait for it … yes! Udacity.
We couldn’t be more excited about this, and we’re celebrating with a special offer: one month of free access for all members of the GitHub Student Developer Pack Community! Learn more at https://education.github.com/pack.
NOTE: This promotion has ended. Thank you for your interest!
Learning By Doing
If you think about it, it really makes a great deal of sense. Consider again how GitHub closes out their Mission Statement about the Developer Pack:
…so they can learn by doing.
This is our philosophy in a nutshell! Every Nanodegree program we build is designed for students to learn by doing. This is one of our most cherished values, and we believe students who learn by doing are better prepared to succeed, and more certain to be in demand when they graduate.
By creating a project-based curriculum, we afford each student the opportunity to build a rich portfolio of projects that can be shared with prospective employers, the broader developer community, and of course, via GitHub. We know directly from our hiring partners how much they value the experience, confidence, and skills our students consistently display.
GitHub & Udacity: Curriculum Partners
GitHub has in fact been instrumental in creating many of our Nanodegree programs, including our Full Stack Web Developer program, and our Front-End Web Developer program. Most recently, we worked with GitHub to develop a Ruby program, which is something we’re extremely excited about, as it will eventually be a series of three Nanodegree programs designed to take learners from no programming experience to being ready for senior-level positions.
One need only read through our Student Success Stories to know how important a role GitHub has played—and continues to play—in the lives of our students. This latest collaboration is another great step forward as we collectively work to ensure amazing opportunities, outstanding tools, top-quality education, and fulfilling jobs for all!