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Ryan Collins

Ryan Collins is the CEO and president of Bethel School of Technology, an online Christian-based technology bootcamp ranked by Newsweek magazine as a top coding school in 2019, 2020, and 2021. He has a passion to transform lives through the power of education and to equip Kingdom-minded believers with in-demand skills for the future of work. Prior to his role at Bethel Tech, Ryan spent over a decade creating strategic partnerships between higher education institutions and Fortune-level companies to attract, retain, and develop talent. He and his wife, Briana, have been married since 2005 and have three daughters.

Ryan’s Workshops: 

Session 1

Innovate to Educate: Disrupting Higher Education to Meet the Demand
A recent Gallup survey showed that only 11 percent of hiring executives believe higher education is providing ready-to-work graduates. Conversely, 95 percent of university presidents said in the same survey that they are confident their schools are sending ready-to-work graduates into the marketplace. The chasm in perception represents an opportunity to align the future of higher education with the future of work. More and more, employers are looking to accelerated learning programs to fill talent shortages and looking for ways to meet their needs in the most in-demand areas. Alternative solutions to standard degrees are filling this need. In this session, NASA researcher Nathanael Miller and Bethel School of Technology President Ryan Collins invite you into a conversation about how to prepare the next generation of talent for the future of work using disruptive education pathways. Miller and Collins will emphasize the importance of experiential learning (over just memorization of information) as being the key to truly learning an in-demand skill. And they will give you key takeaways on how to find a higher education program that fits your student’s personal and professional goals—for a fraction of the time and cost of traditional higher education.

Session 3

Career Conversation Panel
Not every career path begins with college! Join us for a discussion on apprenticeships, certifications, required training, and mor. Get your questions answered.