How US Postsecondary Education Must Surmount COVID-19 & Rise Stronger to Develop a Future Workforce

PR Newswire | July 22, 2020

The fallout from COVID-19 threatens a postsecondary education system—a system essential for preparing a skilled workforce—according to a new solutions brief from the Committee for Economic Development of The Conference Board (CED). Developing the Future Workforce: Revitalizing Postsecondary Education and Training After COVID-19 calls on policy and business leaders to not only sustain postsecondary education in its various forms, but also to reform it to better serve students and employers over the long run. Even prior to COVID-19, the postsecondary education system faced several financial and programmatic problems. The CED brief outlines the challenges facing colleges, job training programs, apprenticeships, and other forms of postsecondary education and training amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the role many of these establishments play as employers, exporters, and contributors to regional economic strength and long-run productivity—and the public returns of advanced education—Congress should help offset the one-time economic shocks and adjustment costs associated with the pandemic, particularly for those institutions best positioned to improve the career outcomes of the largest numbers of students affordably and effectively.

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Determining whether a product has the right kind of research to prove effectiveness is often a confusing process. ESSA now requires school districts to purchase intervention programs that have sufficient evidence to demonstrate that they improve student outcomes. Choosing a program with research-based effectiveness increases the likelihood that it will improve student achievement. Understanding ESSA’s tiers of evidence standards and knowing what to look for will help districts make informed choices about an intervention program’s potential effectiveness.

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Springboard | November 11, 2022

Springboard, an industry-leading online learning platform preparing students for in-demand, high-growth careers, today, announced a partnership with Uwill, the leading teletherapy solution for colleges and students, to provide mental health support for online learners. As the need for mental health support increases nationwide, Uwill's solution utilizes need and preferences to immediately match students with a diverse team of licensed and available counselors. The services will be integrated into Springboard's existing platform, and will be available to learners in addition to existing human support such as one-to-one mentorship and career counseling. "At Springboard, our ambitious vision centers around transforming lives through education and career advancement - and we know that this type of growth and transformation needs a strong foundation of mental health, In partnering with Uwill, we can meet students where they are by providing support through the same platform they're using for their education." Gautam Tambay, Co-founder and CEO at Springboard. Springboard is launching this teletherapy option at a time of increasing mental health challenges reported by education providers nationwide, where, according to HigherEdToday, nontraditional learners scored significantly higher on a number of mental health ratings than their traditional learning counterparts, specifically on depression, anxiety, and overall life stress.Uwill is uniquely suited to support the needs of Springboard learners to ensure they do not face barriers to mental health support," said Michael London, Founder and CEO of Uwill. Utilizing its proprietary technology and counselor team, Uwill pioneered the first Higher Ed therapist matching platform and wellness environment. The solution offers an immediate connection to an available licensed counselor based on student preferences, all modalities of teletherapy, a 24/7/365 crisis connection, wellness programming, detailed reporting and support. Uwill partners with more than 100 institutions worldwide including Berklee Online, Union College, Whitman College, and East Carolina University to ensure their mental health and wellness environment meets student needs. About Uwill Uwill has become the leading mental health and wellness solution for colleges and students. The most cost-effective way to complement a college's mental health offering, Uwill partners with more than 100 institutions including Boston College, University of Michigan, American Public University System, and University of Maryland, College Park. Uwill was named as one of Boston's hottest companies by BostInno, and now, more than 1 million students have access to the Uwill platform. Investors and supporters are a who's who including hip-hop legend Daryl McDaniels of Run-D.M.C. For more information, visit uwill.com. About Springboard Founded by Parul Gupta and Gautam Tambay in 2013, Springboard is on a mission to transform one million lives through education by 2030. More than 20,000 students across 100+ countries have used Springboard to advance their careers through the platform's comprehensive, mentor-led online learning programs. Graduates have landed jobs with employers like Microsoft, Google, Meta, LinkedIn, Deloitte, Intel, IBM, Salesforce and more. Springboard has also trained corporate teams at Visa, Gusto, and The North Face. Springboard was recently named one of the 2022 GSV EdTech 150 — a list of the world's most transformative growth companies in digital learning. Springboard is a 2020 Inc. 5000 company based in San Francisco, recently named a Top Workplace for Women by Elpha, and is backed by leading venture capital firms including Telstra Ventures, Vulcan Capital, SJF Ventures, Reach Capital, Pearson Ventures, International Finance Corp., Costanoa Ventures, Learn Capital, and Blue Fog Capital.

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eDynamic Learning Announces the Passion to Purpose Student Scholarship Program

eDynamic Learning | October 28, 2022

eDynamic Learning North America's largest provider of Career and Technical Education (CTE) and elective digital curriculum for grades 6-12, announces it has expanded their scholarship offerings to include the new Passion to Purpose Student Scholarship Program. The Passion to Purpose Scholarship Program joins the company's growing Recognition & Rewards Program that honors, recognizes, and awards students and teachers and their accomplishments and contributions. The Passion to Purpose Scholarship Program will offer students an opportunity to write an original essay where they can reflect on their career exploration journey, visualize their future, and share their story. Every year, hundreds of thousands of middle and high school students use eDynamic Learning curriculum and now they can benefit even more from their experience by sharing their story about the impact the curriculum has had on their lives and in helping them make decisions about their future. This new scholarship program will complement the long-standing and popular Virtual Business Simulation Scholarship Programs for students that use Knowledge Matters' simulations. The combination of these programs will now offer the most scholarship programs available for K-12 students focused on career education in North America by one organization. "Our mission is to help students explore their career options early and often, so they can discover their skills, talents, and interests and do what they love. We are proud to grow our student recognition programs to support and highlight the valuable contributions students will make to our workforce and economy in the future," Jerry Wooden, CEO of eDynamic Learning. There will be two 1st place award recipients, one award will be open to all students who meet the qualifications of the program and the other 1st place award will be reserved for students with a documented Individualized Education Program (IEP), 504 Accommodation Plan or disability, as indicated by their guardians and teachers when applying. There will also be 2nd and 3rd place prizes as well as 10 finalists. Winners will receive valuable scholarship funds and the finalists will receive digital badges and their essays will be published on the eDynamic Learning website, where they will receive official recognition as a published author. Complete Scholarship Program details can be found on the Passion to Purpose website. Essay submissions will be accepted beginning March 1st, 2023. Our goal is for all students participating in the scholarship program to discover that learning challenges or disabilities do not define your future. We hope our scholarship opportunities help motivate and precipitate students to reach their educational goals whether their chosen career requires certifications, a license, college, or a 2 year degree, said Tyler Wood, Vice President of Marketing & Professional Development at eDynamic Learning. The company's Fall 2022 Virtual Business All-Access Scholarship competition kicked off earlier this month and Virtual Business Challenges with Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) partners are also underway where student competitors will have the chance to win scholarship money. Registration for the DECA, FBLA, & FCCLA CTSO virtual events are still open and will remain open during, and in between, qualifying rounds. Challenge participants and CTSO advisers can register at the Knowledge Matters challenge page. Throughout the years, the company has remained dedicated to offering students a chance to earn scholarship money. These scholarship opportunities have offered an extreme value to students as well as teachers as they provide an additional level of engagement in their classrooms. Many students also find that including their competition scores on resumes or college applications has been extremely beneficial. eDynamic Learning's Recognition & Rewards Program also offers an avenue for educators to be appreciated and acknowledged through the Career Compass Teacher Awards, which honors outstanding teachers and provides opportunities to earn a curriculum grant, complimentary professional development, and much more. The Empowered Educators Program gives educators an opportunity to participate in pilots, provide input and feedback and ensure our programs are the best they can be for teaching and learning. About eDynamic Learning With offices in Southlake, Texas, Hadley, Massachusetts, and Kelowna, BC, Canada, eDynamic Learning is a teacher-founded company, established with a mission to support schools in helping students find their passion and ensure they leave high school with the knowledge and preparation needed to make life-shaping college and career decisions. eDynamic Learning offers nearly 250 CTE and career-focused elective digital courses and Knowledge Matters' career-based simulations. All curriculum is available online and works continuously in any instructional model, and is compatible with nearly all LMS systems.

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BoomerangFX E-Learning platform expands to Asia-Pacific and Europe

BoomerangFX | November 23, 2022

BoomerangFX, a cloud-based, global integrated practice management software, digital marketing, and educational solution provider to the private-pay aesthetic medicine industry, is expanding its reach beyond North America. Having experienced demand for its e-learning solutions across Asia-Pacific and Europe, the company's educational platform, BoomerangFX LEARN, recently surpassed 10,000 participants worldwide. "We are seeing explosive consumer demand globally for highly effective, non-invasive treatments across all ages and demographics. This trend has driven an unprecedented number of new entrants launching aesthetic medicine practices, including traditional physicians, leaving managed care in droves to enter the lucrative, cash-based "med spa" industry. New non-invasive technologies, like the highly popular radio frequency fractional needle-based Morpheus8, introduced by global medical device leader, InMode Ltd. (Nasdaq: INMD) ("InMode"), have been a worldwide phenomenon and created a whole new category for safe, effective, office-based, and non-invasive treatments for facial and body reshaping." Jerome Dwight, CEO and Co-Founder of BoomerangFX The med spa industry continues to grow at double-digit rates and is proving to be recession resilient. With the entrance of 80 million millennials to the already engaged 80 million baby boomers, half of all North American consumers are potential clients for the cosmetic enhancement industry. Recent trends highlight that virtually every age group over 20 years, including both men and women of various socio-economic stature, is seeking out non-excisional and minimally invasive treatments that provide faster and highly effective outcomes without the downtime and risks of cosmetic surgery. Additionally, Dwight shared, "The industry is still in its infancy, and physician owners are seeking a global standard in training, certification, and ongoing support for their staff in basic and advanced techniques. They want to utilize the most popular technologies, like the Morpheus8, along with combination therapies that include a range of complimentary treatments such as the injectable Botox and soft tissue fillers, as well as non- and minimally invasive radio frequency devices and lasers. Alongside our core markets in North America and Mexico, we are seeing massive global demand in the United Kingdom, European Union, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, and Australia for cutting-edge learning delivered digitally. Doctors who are leaving managed care for the enhancement med spa space also need assistance in managing and marketing a private pay practice in the digital era, and our BoomerangFX LEARN platform can provide those much-needed educational tools and support. BoomerangFX currently offers hundreds of educational videos and webinars, certification programs, and content that cover a spectrum of training techniques and foundational business principles on how to launch, advertise, build, and manage a successful med spa practice. The educational resources, training videos, and companion materials are authored by BoomerangFX co-founder, Dr. R. Stephen Mulholland, one of the world's foremost authorities on cosmetic surgery, non-invasive aesthetic medical devices, and practice management. Mulholland was one the early pioneers in non-invasive aesthetic medical treatment technologies and helped to develop the underlying radio frequency technology and devices for InMode, which is one of the fastest-growing medical device companies globally. "I had the vision to launch the world's first and only specialized e-learning solution for the aesthetic medical market to enable future practices to learn the newest techniques and proven strategies to build and succeed in this exciting new industry," added Dr. Mulholland. Along with its e-learning cloud-based platform and solutions, BoomerangFX serves the aesthetic medical market with the industry's most advanced software as a solution (SaaS) practice management system, BoomerangFX RUN. It combines intuitive dashboards, integrated electronic medical records, scripting, patient workflow management, accounting, and scheduling. The BoomerangFX SaaS platform includes the industry's only fully integrated digital advertising and lead management solution, called GROW, which utilizes artificial intelligence and data science to optimize advertising on Google, Facebook, and other social media platforms to geo-target ideal customers for its med spa clients. Further, we complemented our software solution with virtual practice management consulting and coaching services, called OPTIMIZE. This additional unique feature, along with our integrated digital marketing and e-learning platform, is exactly what this new and dynamic industry needs to capitalize on the massive consumer demand. The team at BoomerangFX has worked diligently to provide these revolutionary platforms and we could not be more thrilled to be the global foundational platform driving the aesthetic medical market forward," Dwight continued. About BoomerangFX BoomerangFX is North America's fastest-growing cloud-based practice management company specializing in the aesthetic medicine industry. Co-founded by the globally recognized plastic surgeon and entrepreneur, Dr. R. Stephen Mulholland, along with technology entrepreneur and banking executive, Jerome Dwight, BoomerangFX revolutionized the private-pay aesthetic medicine industry by introducing the first turnkey practice management and digital marketing platform by seamlessly integrating digital ad placements, lead generation, electronic medical records (EMR), scheduling, customer relationship management (CRM), invoicing, and accounting in a single cloud-based service.

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