I’ve spent the last three years building Praxis as the Director of Marketing, an alternative to college program that we started in 2013.
To that end, I speak regularly at universities and conferences around the world, design and develop the Praxis brand, copywrite, organize paid advertising, speak 1-on-1 with interested participants, and help develop the product.
It’s been the highlight of my life so far and the thing I’m most proud of having built.
What is Praxis?
Praxis is a startup apprenticeship program for people who think that going to college would be a step back for them.
After a completing a 6-month professional bootcamp, you’ll be placed at a growing startup where you’ll get paid to create value and learn directly from successful professionals how to be one yourself.
Selected Praise for Praxis
Praxis was a quarter million dollar decision for me. I offer no exaggeration. I completed the Praxis program from Feb ’14 to Nov ’14, was promptly promoted by my business partner the day it ended to VP of Business Development, and have earned over $250,000 in income since I began at my business partner.
Joining the Praxis program’s second class has been one of the best moves of my career and education so far.
I’ve gone from a completely unskilled marketing intern to manager of a company’s marketing department in just a little more than a year, with no college degree and no student debt.
Selected Press & Interviews
- This Apprenticeship Bootcamp Trains Students for Soft Skills in Technical Companies — And You Get Paid to Do It
- Praxis on the Tucker Carlson Show, Fox News
- Praxis on CNBC
- Isaac Morehouse on Praxis, Apprenticeships, and Creating Value (The Objective Standard)
- Should You Go to College? Derek Magill on the Tom Woods Show
- As College Costs Increase, Alternatives Arise (Daily Caller)
- Derek Magill on Praxis as an Alternative University Experience — The Undercurrent
In 2017, Praxis was a semi-finalist in Tech.Co’s Startup of the Year Awards.
Some of the People I Work With
Isaac Morehouse: Founder & CEO
Cameron Sorsby: COO & Business Development
T.K. Coleman: Education Director
Chuck Grimmett: CTO & Program Development
Sara Morrison: Operations & Admissions
Laurie Barber: Customer Servce & Admissons
Brian Nuckols: Marketing Specialist & Most Interesting Man Alive.
Ryan Ferguson: Placement Specialist
Hannah Frankman: Education Associate
My favorite Praxis blog posts
- What is Praxis for?
- Five Mindsets that Will Derail Your Success Before it Begins
- Building Your Career Using Free Work
- Don’t be Prepared: Why the Best Learn to the Task, Not the Test
- If We Taught Bike Riding like We Teach Careers
- My Bachelors Degree Means Nothing
Does Praxis have an age requirement?
No! While most of our participants are between the ages of 18 and 26, we don’t have an hard requirements for age. Something to keep in mind though is that the program is better suited for people who are in the beginning stages of their careers. If you’ve got 5-10 years of work experience, we probably aren’t the best fit for you.
What if I don’t know what I want to do with my career?
No problem at all. The majority of participants who do the program start off without that knowledge. The program is designed to help you discover and achieve the things that help you come alive, and by the end of the year, you’ll have a much clearer picture of what you want to do with your career.
What kinds of skills do participants learn during the apprenticeship?
The apprenticeship focuses on transferable skills and experiences that participants can take with them to any business endeavor after the program.
What are your graduates doing?
98% of Praxis graduates receive a full time job offer, from their business partner or other businesses in our network, immediately upon completion of the program. Most graduates take that job offer, and our graduates make an average of $50,000 per year.
Praxis vs college?
We could write a book on this. In one year at Praxis, you get a great full time job, a professional network, a good starting salary, and 6 months of experience at a growing startup. In one year of college, you’ll likely accumulate college debt, get no work experience, and have to take a good chunk of classes that you have no interest in.
Let’s say you start Praxis when you would be a freshman in college. If you do Praxis, by the time you would have graduated college, you’ll have four years of work experience and no college debt. That is incomparable to the average graduate.