MOOC as a Piece of the Puzzle
MOOCs are Massive Open Online Courses (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massive_open_online_course). The MOOC scene may have its fair share of skeptics, and rightfully so. When MOOCs are used as competition or even heavy supplement to university learning then the faults are obvious. However, if free MOOCs could be provided to teach young people specific skill sets for vocational applicability then they might find their niche and young people might find a valuable venue for learning.
The links below are a couple more examples of MOOCs in their typical usage.
MOOCs had a fair amount of hype a couple of years ago. Lots of energy
flowed and is still flowing around the concept. There are several venerable EDUs making some of their more popular courses publicly available as MOOCs (Stanford and Harvard come to mind -- see
CS50x for a really good example).
Young people need work; work requires skill; MOOCs can provide skill.