On-Campus Apprentice Experience

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”

Benjamin Franklin

Current Landscape

1. University retention is a growing issue.

As of 2019, the average expected 6-year graduation rate for US students is 60%.

“A bachelor’s degree is the single most influential determinant in multigenerational change and ending the cycle of poverty.”
– Catherine Suitor, the chief advancement officer at Alliance, a network of charter schools in Los Angeles

2. ROI for post-secondary education is being called into question.

I think college is basically for fun and to prove that you can do your chores, but it’s not for learning. .. I don’t consider going to college evidence of exceptional ability. In fact, ideally you dropped out.” – Elon Musk

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“College matters so much because it isn’t just about book learning or the development of tangible skills. It’s one of the first obstacle courses of adult life. The students who complete it typically go on to earn more and live healthier and happier lives, research shows. ” The College Dropout Crisis, The New York Times

“Gains from school occur from being in a job that not only pays more but also offers more opportunities for self‐accomplishment, social interaction, and independence. Schooling generates occupational prestige. It reduces the chances of ending up on welfare or unemployed. It improves success in the labor market and the marriage market. Better decision‐making skills learned in school also leads to better health, happier marriages, and more successful children. Schooling also encourages patience and long‐term thinking.” – How Large are Returns to Schooling. Hint: Money isn’t Everything, The National Bureau of Economic Research

“And the two studies have come to remarkably similar conclusions: Enrolling in a four-year college brings large benefits to marginal students.” College for the Masses, The New York Times

How Does it Work?

EduSource is now offering an On-Campus Apprentice Experience to universities. Students work in teams to complete software and data analytics projects under the tutelage of EduSource employees.

Student teams are held accountable for getting work done using the Enable Solutions system and are held to high quality with the EduSource Apprentice System.

How Does an On-Campus Apprentice Program Help Students?


Today’s students often need a paycheck to stay in school. Studies show that more than 70% of students work while being enrolled in college.

Professional Experience

Unlike most during-school jobs, an apprenticeship provides resume-building experience, so students can graduate with applicable skills.

Soft Skills

Things like problem solving, communication, and business leadership are invaluable in preparing students for careers.

Specific Skills

Apprentices work with industry coaches in their fields, with a goal of cementing classroom knowledge through hands-on experience.


Meaning and purpose are derived from functioning in a long-term team and working on a real project that has real implications.


Meaningful connection is made between students and teams as they work together to solve complex problems.

Apprentice Grid

Apprentices are placed in teams, with a student Team Lead running each team. Teams work together to solve problems. Cross sections of each team work in Guilds with Industry Coaches to help students learn about their specific team functions.