CORPORATE LEARNING SYSTEMS
Rosetta Stone | December 14, 2021
Rosetta Stone, the world's leading language learning brand, and HIAS, the international Jewish humanitarian organization, have extended their partnership to provide HIAS' refugee clients with free language learning software. Through the collaboration, Rosetta Stone donated 500 subscriptions that will help newly resettled refugees acquire language skills, more easily integrate into local communities, and open pathways to economic inclusion.
The UN Refugee Agency estimates that nearly 2 million people were forced to flee their homes during the first six months of 2021. Notably, forced migration is not specific to any one geographic region: Humanitarian crises around the globe are putting people at extreme risk; asylum seekers and refugees are braving unsafe conditions to start new lives; and political unrest is creating entire populations of stateless people with little emergency assistance.
HIAS is uniquely qualified to address the modern refugee crisis and has helped more than 4.5 million people escape persecution. The organization facilitates application processes, resettles the most vulnerable people from all over the world, and works with U.S.-based social-service organizations to welcome refugees into local communities.
HIAS first partnered with Rosetta Stone in 2019 to help refugees more easily enter into American society through language instruction. Rosetta Stone and HIAS then extended their collaboration in 2021 to continue assisting HIAS' clients with their education, social integration efforts and employment opportunities. HIAS and its clients have access to language lessons in 25 languages, including English, Arabic, Spanish, and more.
"Our partnership with Rosetta Stone has given refugees additional tools to acclimate to their new lives and navigate the resettlement process with increased confidence and language skills. We are excited to continue this partnership and continue to provide opportunities to our staff and clients to communicate more easily and create welcoming communities."
Mark Hetfield, President and CEO of HIAS
Bahati Buzindu, a refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and HIAS client, shared, "Rosetta Stone is really helping me understand what other people are talking about, and I've been encouraging—and teaching—other refugees to use it, too!"
"Refugees come from all walks of life: They are doctors and farmers, interpreters and caregivers; some speak multiple languages, while others were denied a formal education. Regardless of a person's skill set, adjusting to a new home is incredibly difficult, especially after being forced to flee one," said Jennifer Gu, COO of IXL Learning, Rosetta Stone's parent company. "HIAS and Rosetta Stone's partnership is an important step toward helping resettled people grow new language skills, and empowering them to ease into communities and lead independent lives."
Through Rosetta Stone, learners practice new languages in an immersive environment that helps them build the fluency and confidence to speak. Lessons are filled with real-world images and audio from native speakers that accelerate language acquisition. Additionally, the TruAccent speech engine compares voices to native speakers, gives immediate feedback on pronunciation, and helps refugees feel confident participating in real-world conversations.
As part of the partnership, Rosetta Stone also provides HIAS employees with training on how to effectively administer language learning to users for maximum effectiveness. Additionally, HIAS and its affiliate network staff use Rosetta Stone to learn the native languages of the refugees they support, to better understand them and serve their needs.
About Rosetta Stone
Rosetta Stone is dedicated to changing people's lives through the power of language education. The company's innovative digital solutions drive positive learning outcomes for the inspired learner at home or in schools and workplaces around the world. Founded in 1992, Rosetta Stone uses advanced digital technology to help all types of learners read, write, and speak 25 languages. Rosetta Stone joined the IXL Learning family of brands in 2021.
HIAS is the international Jewish humanitarian organization that provides vital services to refugees and asylum seekers in 16 countries. We advocate for the rights of all forcibly displaced people to rebuild their lives and seek to create a world in which they find welcome, safety, and opportunity.
Liquid Web | September 27, 2021
Liquid Web Family of Brands, a market leader in managed hosting, digital commerce cloud, and WordPress solutions to small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), today announced their acquisition of LearnDash, the leading learning management system (LMS) plugin for WordPress.
The LearnDash acquisition is an extension of Liquid Web's commitment to leadership in the WordPress and WooCommerce arena by delivering innovative software solutions that power the online potential of businesses and the designers, developers, and agencies who create for them.
"Everyone knows LearnDash as the leader of online learning in the WordPress ecosystem. We are excited to welcome them to the Liquid Web family as we continue to build our strength in the digital commerce ecosystem," said Chris Lema, Liquid Web's VP of Products. "LearnDash takes us deeper into the digital commerce space by offering online educators the best tools to create online courses, quizzes, and dynamic content with built-in marketing and ecommerce features. We believe in their brand, and we know that with our backing, they will continue to deliver the online solutions educators need."
LearnDash will join the Liquid Web Family under the StellarWP brand, which is the umbrella for our premium WordPress software solutions and includes well-known and respected WordPress leaders such as iThemes, The Events Calendar, GiveWP, Restrict Content Pro, Iconic, and Kadence WP.
The acquisition marks StellarWP's entrance into the booming LMS space. As the global pandemic continues to drive educators to virtual learning solutions, the LMS market is projected to grow by more than $30 billion between now and 2028.
Like the rest of our StellarWP brands, the LearnDash team will continue to operate as an independent unit. Existing and new customers of LearnDash will see no change in service. Justin Ferriman will remain as an advisor with the acquisition and WordPress authority and Liquid Web leader, Chris Lema, will become the General Manager of LearnDash.
We're excited to have LearnDash join StellarWP to continue our mission to power learning programs. We are confident that the strength and leadership Liquid Web provides will ensure LearnDash remains the leading online LMS solution for WordPress for many years to come.
Justin Ferriman, CEO and co-founder of LearnDash
The only WordPress LMS created by e-learning experts, LearnDash is a flexible learning management system. LearnDash is taking cutting edge elearning methodology and infusing it into WordPress. More than just a plugin, LearnDash is trusted to power the learning programs for major universities, small to midsize companies, startups, entrepreneurs, and bloggers worldwide.
About Liquid Web
Building on over 24 years of success, our Liquid Web Family of Brands delivers software, solutions, and managed services for mission-critical sites, stores, and applications to SMBs and the designers, developers, and agencies who create for them. Liquid Web (Managed Hosting), Nexcess (Digital Commerce Cloud) and StellarWP (WordPress Software and Tools) have more than 500,000+ sites under management, have over 125,000 Software subscribers and 2 Million+ free version Software users. Collectively, the companies have assembled a world-class team of industry experts, provide unparalleled service from solution engineers available 24/7/365, and own and manage ten global data centers. As an industry leader in customer service, the rapidly expanding brand family has been recognized among INC. Magazine's 5000 Fastest-Growing Companies for twelve years.
SEMCAP Education | February 25, 2022
Seminal Capital Holdings, LLC announces the formation of SEMCAP Education and a strategic, exclusive partnership with ASU Enterprise Partners, the private nonprofit that creates solutions and generates resources to extend the reach of ASU and advance its charter. The two organizations will collaborate on private investments in education and education technology companies with strong use-cases for the university.
SEMCAP is an impact investment manager founded by Buck Buckley and Cyrus Vandrevala. “Investments in education and skills training are proven pathways to improved social outcomes such as consumer health, wealth, life expectancy and overall happiness. SEMCAP Education is already backing world-class companies such as Noodle Partners and McGraw Hill. We’re so pleased to invest in the seminal trends driving this sector, and partnering with ASU EP strengthens both organizations,” says Buckley.
“Partnering with knowledgeable capital allocators such as SEMCAP Education enables Edtech companies in our portfolio growth opportunities.”
ASU Enterprise Partners CEO Dan Dillon
“The SEMCAP Education team is a unique combination of experienced educators, company founders, administrators, investors and regulators with global networks across the sector,” Buckley continued. Chuck Trafton and Vince Menichelli, Managing Partners of SEMCAP Education, are supported by a team of frontline leaders transforming education worldwide, including Jared Carney of Lightdale, LLC and formerly of the Milken Institute and Knowledge Universe, Chris Nagle of Holmes Education Group, Joe Ferguson of Charter School Growth Fund, and Cindy Morgan of Penn Medicine.
ASU Enterprise Partners’ Samantha Bradley is joining the SEMCAP Education Advisory Board, which is chaired by Jo Johnson, the former UK Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, and includes Harry Keiley-Chairman of CalSTRS, the California State Teachers' Retirement System. “Under the leadership of its President, Dr. Michael Crow, ASU has pioneered the application of technology to learning and the widening of access to world-class education. We’re proud to collaborate with a true education innovator on investments in our collective future,” Johnson commented.
Bradley serves as managing director of RealmSpark, the business unit of ASU Enterprise Partners that facilitates the capital investments necessary to fuel a strategically managed portfolio of EdTech ideas and innovation in support of Arizona State University.
Bradley stated, “ASU Enterprise Partners and SEMCAP Education are teaming up to provide the best-positioned growth companies access to value added capital. Together we can help drive the innovation and growth required for ASU to fulfill its mission.”
About SEMCAP Education
SEMCAP Education identifies and backs entrepreneurs who are transforming the future of education and scaling technologies that improve access, affordability, and quality. We invest growth equity in category-leading and category-making education and education technology companies that drive transformation for students, teachers and taxpayers from Pre-K through adult learning. Led by a highly skilled investment team with deep operating and investing experience in education and education technology, the team provides unique deal insight and support for strategic partnering and enhanced growth.
About ASU Enterprise Partners
ASU Enterprise Partners is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to create solutions and generate resources to extend Arizona State University’s reach and advance its charter. ASU Enterprise Partners supports ASU through resource raising, realty development, technology transfer, collaborative research and acceleration of ed tech innovations in support of universal, lifelong learning at ASU. Its business units and strategic alignment partners include the ASU Foundation, ASURE, Enterprise Collaboratory at ASU, RealmSpark, Skysong Innovations and University Realty.