This Nano Degree sounds like a great alternative to community college and traditional vocational schools. Only the ultra libs will need to brand it as an alternative to a 4 year degree. Not everyone is meant to, or capable of completing college, nor does everyone need to.
What gets lost in conversations like these is that if everyone went to college there would still be income disparity. Stats show that college equals more money, but they miss the fact that no one needs cleaners, drivers, waiters, fast food workers, and tons of other job holders with bachelors degrees.
This country needs people to fill those jobs and those jobs need to provide a liveable wage, but that doesn’t mean we have to push everyone toward a 4 year degree. A one year degree will do quite well for many disciplines and it will be an excellent path upward for many capable folks. Many of the jobs listed above would benefit greatly from one year degrees, not to help people out of them into a corporate career track, but to make them better at what they do, capable of earning more in the same positions.
NYTimes: A Smart Way to Skip College in Pursuit of a Job