3 ways STEM learning speaks to the future of work

eschoolnews | March 12, 2020

To succeed in college and the workplace, students require a solid foundation in STEM learning. Experience in these subjects does not only benefit aspiring scientists and engineers–it’s essential for all students. In fact, between 2017 and 2027, the number of STEM jobs will grow 13 percent. Even positions in traditionally non-STEM fields (estimated to grow by 9 percent) will require some sort of technological knowledge. STEM learning is all about designing creative solutions for real-world problems. Problem-based STEM curriculum allows students to see the impact of their learning. That kind of authenticity builds engagement. Students progress from asking “When will I ever use this?” to connecting skills and applications.

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Along with a commitment to educational attainment, it is imperative for state policymakers to harness their power to make equity-focused policy decisions. All students should be afforded the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve their future goals, yet inequities in the education system continue to stifle those opportunities for many students. Educational equality means that all students receive equal access to the same educational pathways. While this is a laudable goal, simply leveling the field is not enough. States should strive for equity in educational opportunities, providing all students with the unique supports they need to succeed.

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Along with a commitment to educational attainment, it is imperative for state policymakers to harness their power to make equity-focused policy decisions. All students should be afforded the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve their future goals, yet inequities in the education system continue to stifle those opportunities for many students. Educational equality means that all students receive equal access to the same educational pathways. While this is a laudable goal, simply leveling the field is not enough. States should strive for equity in educational opportunities, providing all students with the unique supports they need to succeed.

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Global eLearning Provider KnowledgeCity Offers Complimentary Course Access to Mark National Nonprofit Day

KnowledgeCity | August 16, 2021

KnowledgeCity, a leader in online education and training solutions, has announced the launch of a national educational campaign to mark National Nonprofit Day on Tuesday, August 17. KnowledgeCity is offering U.S. nonprofit organizations the chance to receive complimentary access to its full range of eLearning programs as part of the company's mission to make quality skills training more accessible to everyone. Employees of eligible nonprofits will receive a three-month subscription, providing them unlimited access to KnowledgeCity's online learning library of more than 18,000 training videos from categories in business, compliance, computer, safety, and finance. The participants will have the opportunity to receive guidance and direction related to course participation, certification, and identification of their selected learning paths. "As a company, we have always emphasized the importance of social responsibility, so National Nonprofit Day presents an ideal opportunity for us to help the many organizations that are dedicated to helping others," said KnowledgeCity Chief Executive Officer Marwan Alshaer. "Nonprofits are among the organizations hardest hit by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in the area of fundraising. By offering their employees the chance to improve or refine their skills, we hope it will help them better serve their constituent communities in need." To be eligible, organizations must serve the public by fulfilling a specific mission or community need, have registered as a 501 (c) organization, and have a minimum of ten employees. To register, qualified nonprofits must submit their organization's information through an online submission form by Tuesday, Aug. 31. Following the submission's close, KnowledgeCity will onboard each organization to provide their employees course access through its proprietary Learning Management System. About KnowledgeCity Founded in 2007, KnowledgeCity is an eLearning company based in Carlsbad, Calif., specializing in online training and education solutions that maximize skills development and minimize the cost, time, and effort associated with implementing online training programs.

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PlayZoom Tech Gadgets for Kids will be launching just in time for Black Friday.

prnewswire | October 16, 2020

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Colleges and universities turn to unlimited commitment to affordable, quality digital learning on a scale as the pandemic moves education online.

prnewswire | January 05, 2021

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