Online coding courses on Coursera, Udemy, and Udacity have helped many gain valuable skills for today’s workplace. To meet the growing need for upskilling in technology, Udacity is taking a large step forward with their “nanodegree program,” which they intend to teach technical skills to millions of people. Nanodegrees are becoming a new type of workplace certification, and Udacity has partnered with Google, AT&T and other companies to create the nanodegrees, with courses focused on technical skills highly prized by technology companies. The program follows a special model: after students complete a course, Udacity refunds half of their tuition. With this plan, a typical student can earn a nanodegree for $500. The New York Times investigates Udacity’s plan to scale up training to teach valuable technical skills to the masses.