Education: Bargains in Short-Order Courses

The brash Learning Annex puts a fresh face on adult education

It had been a typically mellow day at Manhattan's New School for Social Research for Bill Zanker, 26, who was cruising through a master's program in filmmaking. Then came a surprise phone summons from his father for lunch. When they met, Dad's message was "Get a job."

Every father should have a son who listens so well. Zanker did not just get a job; within six years he built himself a business whose $1 million a month in sales put him at the top of one of the fastest-growing sectors in U.S. education. It began when he reflected that many of...

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