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Alternatives to College is the nation’s largest directory of  bootcamps and training academies. Collectively, we refer to them as skill schools. No matter your level of experience, location, or current work situation, we’ve got the perfect bootcamp or skill school, with the perfect instructors… ready for you!

Traditional higher education, advanced degrees and massive student loan debt may be fine for some, but simply aren’t obtainable or affordable for all. For those looking to gain new skills quickly and inexpensively, increase their salaries, and expand their career prospects, Alternatives to College is here to help.

We connect you with the proper training, education, certification, and preparation through our network of  skill schools and bootcamps. We help lead you to a faster, cheaper, and often more lucrative pathway to an exciting new career.

Our comprehensive, industry-best directory can help find you the right skill school tailored precisely to your needs. Whether you prefer in-person instruction or remote, online classes at your own pace, Alternatives to College has the right skill school with the right certifications for you. (Simply click here to get started)


Our dedicated skill school network evolved from extensive work done by Ryan Craig and Cassidy Leventhal for Ryan’s most recent book, “A NEW U: Faster + Cheaper Alternatives to College” and the initial collection of college alternatives curated by Cassidy.

Ryan is Managing Director of Achieve Partners and University Ventures (UV), two of the most important investment groups in education and workforce development. In addition to A New U, Ryan’s commentary on where the puck is going in higher education regularly appears in the Gap Letter, Forbes, TechCrunch, Inside Higher Education, Fortune, HR Dive, and VentureBeat, among others.

Cassidy Leventhal is a Vice President at Achieve Partners and University Ventures. Prior to UV she was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, where she served public and private sector clients across strategy, organization, and technology initiatives.

Alternatives to College founder and CEO, L. Joseph Schmoke, conceived the vision, provided the initial capital, and is the principal executive leading our important work with Alternatives to College. An entrepreneur since 1974, he was chairman and CEO of Andrew Jackson University (AJU) from 2005 to 2010,. While at AJU he co-founded and spun-off ProctorU, now the world’s premier online proctoring organization.

Aleksandra Vukadinovic, a senior manager at University Research & Review, is also an executive at Alternatives to College.

Karan Patel, manager of direct social media, has multiple masters degrees and has worked with Mr. Schmoke’s companies since 2018.

Barry Layne, a shareholder, served as president for Alternatives to College and was instrumental in its development.

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