ALEX is an online marketplace where people advance their careers by taking individual in-person courses from across colleges, universities, and training programs. ALEX empowers professionals to learn exactly what they want, when they want, and as they can afford it. In a world where we can place people in empty seats in cars and empty beds in houses, ALEX places people in empty seats in college classrooms. ALEX is uniquely positioning itself in alignment with employers to provide tuition subsidies as a method of improving employee development and retention while reducing costs for users. Our solution provides benefits for all stakeholders involved. Learners control their education by selecting courses that fit their budget, schedule, and goals. Schools monetize their excess capacity that would have otherwise been wasted, increase access to more prospective students, and offer certifications on the way to obtaining a traditional degree. Employers subsidize classes for employees as a method of reducing internal training costs while improving employee development and retention. ALEX brings higher education to people who can't afford full programs, enables people to advance professionally by taking university courses one at a time, and provides workers with access to earnings growth potential of 9-27% resulting in billions in increased earnings. ALEX is the ‘Expedia’ for higher education.
ALEX is solving the skill gap between the talent that companies need and the education institutions provide. By 2018, 78% of all available jobs will require education beyond high school. As a result, there will be a shortfall of 3M workers with the appropriate education to fill these jobs. Meanwhile, the cost of attending college has risen over 80% in the last 10 years, while the results are abysmal - 45% of graduates end up in jobs that don’t require a degree and outside of their field of study. While university training is meant to provide relevant skills to obtain jobs, the ‘bundled’ approach of higher education has become increasingly inaccessible and out-of-date. Simultaneously, over 2M seats go unfilled in college classrooms across the U.S. per year. Excess capacity in educational institutions is wasted while economically disadvantaged populations struggle to gain access to the courses necessary to adequately meet the current and future workforce demands.
Anyone's Learning Experience (ALEX) is an online marketplace of in-person courses for career advancement. We take the empty seats of in-person courses from educational providers including universities, colleges, and vocational programs and listen them in an online marketplace for learners to purchase. Working learners visit www.anyoneslearning.com and can search for courses by location and interest and enroll in a few clicks. For learners we streamline the search process for courses replacing the antiquated and fragmented process of going to each provider website and browsing the pages of PDFs and multiple formats. In addition we suggested courses aligned with learners current jobs and desired positions. For schools we provide a method of monetizing excess capacity that would otherwise have gone wasted. For employers we provide a source for training to retain and develop their talent. We are a marketplace of courses bridging the skills gap and building a platform for the future of higher education and workforce training.