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Kenzie Academy’s Co-Founders Speak at Working Nation Overheard’s Jobs For the Future Horizons Panel

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This piece was originally published on Working Nation’s YouTube channel.

WorkingNation is talking with thought leaders who have been attending the JFF Horizons conference – a virtual gathering of private, public, and nonprofit leaders and innovators working toward an equitable economic recovery. Chok Ooi is co-founder & CEO at Kenzie Academy. The students attend classes online or on-campus.

Under an income share agreement, the students do not pay tuition upfront. They are not required to begin paying back the costs of their education until they are in jobs earning $40,000 or more. Ooi says Kenzie is very committed to diversity and inclusion—and that is reflected in their student body.

“We are working on a mentorship program with employers who are in a position to make a difference, to mentor some of our black students and graduates. Giving that advice and then help leverage the power of that network to place our students in the right positions.”

WorkingNation is talking with thought leaders who have been attending the JFF Horizons conference – a virtual gathering of private, public, and nonprofit leaders and innovators working toward an equitable economic recovery. Emily Wattman-Turner is co-founder and chief growth officer at Kenzie Academy. Kenzie offers on-campus or online programs for 6-to-12 months.

Using an income share agreement, the students pay very little tuition upfront—without being required to pay back—until they are generating earnings of $40,000 or more. Wattman-Turner says she sees great amounts of resiliency and determination in the Kenzie students.

She says, “We really believe that education pathways should be flexible and easy to navigate for learners. Every single day, we’re thinking about what barriers exist for our learners and what can we do to remove those barriers. That’s been a huge reason why we’re able to enroll a diverse student body. We are really proud of being able to create a diverse talent pipeline for employers all across the country.”

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