How it works
Step 1: Enroll
When you join Concourse, we'll help you enroll in a bachelor's degree program offered by one of our partner universities.
Our founding degree partner is Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), a private, non-profit university established in 1932 — and, more specifically, a SNHU program called College for America (CfA).
Through CfA, you’ll enroll to earn your Bachelor’s in Management. We’ve chosen to support this particular degree program because of its focus on building a wide range of management skills — from operations, to business writing, to financial management, team leadership, strategy, and more.
Beyond the particulars of the degree program, what makes CfA special is that it's "competency-based." What this means is that instead of earning credit by spending a certain number of hours in class, in CfA you'll earn credit by demonstrating your mastery of a given skill or concept. This will help you learn better — and faster (because you can spend less time on topics you know well, and more time on topics that are challenging).
Step 2: Meet your coach & classmates
When you enroll in Concourse, we’ll pair you with a personal coach. Your coach is your point person for all questions Concourse — there to help you navigate the curriculum, troubleshoot academic issues, connect with resources, and craft your academic plan.
You’ll also meet other Concourse fellows — your new classmates. You’ll have a chance to learn from (and with) your classmates through in-person “study sprints” and by connecting on an online platform.
Step 3: Complete onboarding
When you’re accepted into Concourse, you’ll begin a six-week onboarding experience that’s designed to set you up for success. During onboarding, you’ll not only learn about the academic program and program expectations — you’ll also get to work on real projects, interact with your classmates, and meet with your coach. And when you successfully complete onboarding, you’ll officially become a Concourse Fellow.
Step 4: The Microcampus
The microcampus is where you go to get help — or just get away. It’s a place for high-speed internet, snacks, and for help when you need it. Our first microcampus is located at 1015 Macdonald Ave, in downtown Richmond, CA (just a few blocks from BART). Richmond too far from work or home? We’ll also hold coaching sessions and study sprints in Oakland and San Francisco.
Step 5: Build career skills
Concourse isn’t just about getting a degree; it’s about building job-relevant skills. You’ll do this in a few ways. First, you’ll build skills through your college degree. At Concourse, we only support degree programs that are job-relevant and structured around real-world content (like analyzing a business scenario or writing a memo to your team).
Once you’ve made a certain amount of progress toward your degree, you’ll also become eligible to enroll in a Concourse “Career Minor” — a short but powerful program of study that prepares you for a specific job in a growth-career field. The Career Minor tracks associated with our BA in Management are customer success, sales, digital marketing, business analytics, and recruiting.
In addition to the Career Minor, we also support certain tailored pathways from college to career. Our first such pathway is for aspiring classroom teachers currently working as classified employees (like instructional aides or paraprofessionals) at schools. To learn more about our teacher training pipeline, submit an inquiry form or drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 6: Graduate & get hired
We’ve designed our program to help you earn your college degree as efficiently as possible. When you complete the College for America program, you'll earn a respected, accredited, and job-relevant bachelor's degree. By completing our program, you'll also build the skills and networks you need to land your next job.