Bluum | June 14, 2022
On June 13th, premier education technology solutions provider Bluum announced the release of a complete cybersecurity solution for schools. In recent years, schools have witnessed an evolving cybersecurity need, especially those brought on by remote learning and virtual schooling solutions.
Cybersecurity breakdowns have affected more than 3 million students since 2018 with over 1,300 publicly disclosed attacks. Since February, this has cost educational institutions $2.73 million to secure themselves from ransomware attacks.
"With limited budgets, highly skilled IT personnel and time, K-12 organizations are hard-pressed to create a solid cybersecurity plan. Cybersecurity is an incredibly technical and extensive area in IT that is rapidly evolving and needs to stay ahead of ever-evolving attack methods. Historically, school IT budget constraints have resulted in ineffective and outdated systems, so Bluum has developed comprehensive countermeasures to fill that void."
- Andre Vashilko, Bluum Vice President of Product Strategy and Growth
When cybersecurity concerns arise, whether through internal or external threats, Bluum offers preventive measures that can mitigate the risks during and after the attack. Bluum has started by rolling out easy-tu-use solutions that help schools assess their cybersecurity needs and identify solutions to address them.
Bluum will also offer vulnerability scans and penetration testing to detect any areas of concern and exposure risks in the infrastructure. The self-assessment will also help schools communicate their specific needs to Bluum in order to provide a tailored solution.
Sentinel U | June 10, 2022
Sentinel U, a leading web-based education simulation technology provider, launched the ALIGNSM Community Health Course Digital Teaching Resources, the first learning course for community health nurses.
"We designed this program as a valuable resource and time saver for nurse educators. Building or refreshing a curriculum can take months, but Sentinel U's ALIGN Community Health resource does the heavy lifting for nurse educators with the added benefit of being easily adapted to reflect major changes to the continuously evolving healthcare landscape."
Jeffrey Caplan, president of Sentinel U
The community health course demonstrates Sentinel U’s signature teaching style of using real-life scenarios to appeal to the next generation of community health professionals. The course eliminates dependence on textbooks, making it a great option for both students and faculty.
"Today's students are digital natives who learn best when immersed in a scenario and actively participating in their education, not reading core competencies from a textbook. We are excited to take learning to the next level with our new enhancement."
Dr.Laura Gonzalez, Vice President of Clinical Learning Resources at Sentinel U.
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Amazon | August 03, 2022
Amazon is partnering with education organizations Beyond 12 and Kaplan to bring even more features to the Career Choice program - one of Amazon’s nine skills training programs. Career Choice already offers pre-paid college tuition to its more than 750,000 hourly employees. With these new partnerships, employees will have access to career coaching, college advising, and specialized career services free of cost. Through the expanded benefits program, employees will receive virtual one-on-one coaching to help them identify the academic programs that best fit their skills and long-term goals, as well as continuous support throughout their higher education experience.
Studies consistently show that expanding access to higher education is a proven way to create social and economic mobility for Americans. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, individuals with some college but no degree earn 18% more than their peers with just a high school diploma, while those with a bachelor’s degree earn 62% more.
However, numerous studies show that access to higher education is only the start, and that all too often students with the best intentions don’t finish their programs. Harvard University studies found that fewer than 40% of community college students earn a certificate or degree within six years of enrollment, and completion rates are even lower for minorities, older students, and part-time students. In fact, the Pell Institute found that only 9% of students with lower incomes earn a bachelor’s degree by their mid 20s, compared with 77% of their higher-earning peers.
That’s why Amazon is investing in programs to help employees get the guidance and coaching they need to be successful students free of cost. While financial constraints are undoubtedly a barrier for students, high-quality academic advising and career coaching improves academic outcomes—especially for lower-income or first-generation postsecondary students.
“While Career Choice has always been complemented by advisement services, feedback from participants has shown that more comprehensive and ongoing coaching would help employees choose programs better aligned to their career goals. We want Amazon team members to successfully navigate the challenges of going to school while working and ultimately use their new skills to find incredible opportunities, These partnerships with Beyond 12 and Kaplan are a game-changing enhancement to our program and the careers of Amazon’s employees.”
-Tammy Thieman, Global Director for Career Choice at Amazon
With these new partnerships, Amazon is envisioning an expansion of the Career Choice program - which has more than 80,000 total participants—that will encourage other employees to take the next step in skills training. Career Choice is designed to put employees on a path toward well-paying, in-demand professions with a coaching framework that empowers them along the way.
Participating in Amazon’s Career Choice Coaching program has been a valuable experience, To know I have a personal coach I can rely on, build a rapport with, and who is committed to helping me advance my career goals has been reassuring, saidCicero Vieira, an Amazon fulfillment center employee in Baltimore.
Beyond 12 is a national technology-based nonprofit whose mission is to improve the outcomes of students from under-resourced communities. The organization supplements live virtual coaching with a mobile app that guides students through activities, deadlines, and behaviors that lead to success throughout their education.
Eliminating the barrier of tuition is a tremendous benefit for Amazon employees, but postsecondary education completion gaps can’t be ignored, Our coaching program helps identify and address the systemic and structural barriers students face before those challenges lead them to drop out. We’re pleased to partner with Amazon to go beyond getting students ‘into’ college and focus on getting students ‘through’ college, saidAlexandra Bernadotte, founder and CEO of Beyond 12.
Kaplan helps prepare students for higher education by offering test prep, including for license and certification exams, while also offering degree programs, English learning, and pathway programs. Kaplan’s program with Amazon will connect employees to career services, such as networking, resume development, job interview preparation, and online brand building services, to enhance job placement.
Kaplan is committed to helping people succeed, and this exciting new partnership with Amazon builds on our proud legacy of changing lives and building stronger futures. We’re thrilled to be empowering so many thousands of hardworking employees at Amazon and look forward to being at their side until they’ve reached their educational and professional objectives, said Greg Marino, CEO of Kaplan’s North America division.