Howard U gets $10M for STEM program — its largest gift yet

educationdive | January 22, 2020

Howard University announced Wednesday that it has received the largest gift in its 153-year history: a $10 million donation to endow an existing program designed to help underrepresented students earn a STEM doctorate. Started in 2017, the Bison STEM Scholars Program has been renamed after the Karsh family, which made the donation. It covers all or most of four years of tuition, fees and room and board for undergraduates who commit to pursuing doctoral studies in STEM fields, depending on their family's income. The news comes as more colleges attempt similar programs and as donors eye historically black institutions, many of which are struggling to improve their enrollment and financial positions

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Cybercrime is an enormous enterprise security challenge. As businesses increasingly rely on technology and the internet, exposure to workplace cyber security threats grows. Along with the rise in workplace tech, cybercrime has risen annually for several years. In 2016 it was the 2nd most reported type of crime globally. Privacy concerns parallel this rise.

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Cybercrime is an enormous enterprise security challenge. As businesses increasingly rely on technology and the internet, exposure to workplace cyber security threats grows. Along with the rise in workplace tech, cybercrime has risen annually for several years. In 2016 it was the 2nd most reported type of crime globally. Privacy concerns parallel this rise.

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Victor Valley College Implements BibliU’s Universal Learning Platform, Ensuring Every Student Has Access to Courseware on Day One of Class

BibliU | September 20, 2022

BibliU, the EdTech innovator democratizing content accessibility, today announced that Victor Valley College, located in Victorville, Calif., is implementing its Universal Learning solution to ensure students have access to course content on day one of class.Universal Learning is a procurement and provisioning model that packages content with enrollment in a class and distributes it via an institution's Learning Management System (LMS). Offered campus-wide, Universal Learning will enable Victor Valley to lower textbook costs by 30% to 50% while guaranteeing all students have access to the content and courseware they need as soon as classes begin. The College leadership's intent is to ensure course materials are ready on the first day of class while providing a better and more satisfying experience for faculty and students during content acquisition. In addition, Victor Valley College wants to secure content cost savings for its students. With today’s announcement, BibliU furthers its charge of improving the process of discovering, ordering and supplying students with digital textbook content. Because it offers a more agile response to content delivery, the BibliU platform will also enable Victor Valley to consider a more flexible school schedule for the benefit of students. “Victor Valley College is the first school in California to implement BibliU’s Universal Learning model to reduce the cost of course materials for students The school is a trailblazer in this business model and is proud to lead the way. We’re sure other colleges and universities will follow suit as soon as they learn of the benefits we are realizing.” Dr. Daniel Walden, president of Victor Valley College Added Todd Scott, VP of Instruction at Victor Valley, “Our mission is to provide opportunities for student learning and success, as well as excellent experiences for our faculty. So far, onboarding BibliU’s platform has alleviated some of the frustrations felt by students and faculty around the process of buying and accessing textbooks.” About BibliU EdTech innovator BibliU is defining the future of higher education by democratizing content accessibility. Designed to address the unique requirements of students, faculty, libraries and publishers, BibliU is a learning enablement platform that empowers higher education institutions to streamline their textbook and courseware workflows to achieve greater student outcomes, affordability and social mobility. With BibliU, colleges and universities can finally deliver on the promise of digitalization, guaranteeing all students have first-day access to the learning content they need. More information is available at www.bibliu.com. About Victor Valley College The Victor Valley Community College District (VVCCD) is one of 73 community college districts within the California Community College system, the largest educational system in the world, which encompasses 116 community colleges. The VVCCD has for 60 years provided its communities and students with quality and affordable career training, certificates, associate’s degrees, and preparation for transfer to four-year colleges or universities through Victor Valley College. For additional information on the VVCCD, please contact Robert A

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DEI Organization Fearless Futures Launches E-learning Tool Available Worldwide

Fearless Futures | November 18, 2022

Today, Fearless Futures, an international diversity, equity and inclusion training and consultancy firm, announces the launch of its premier E-learning program, E-learning: Foundations to Inclusion and Equity, which educates participants on how to build inclusion and equity into their organization. Known for its transformative virtual and in-person trainings, Fearless Futures expands the accessibility of its educational offerings with this E-learning tool, enabling smaller companies, as well as corporations with teams too large to make instructor-led live training for all feasible, to advance their own anti-oppression learning in a cost-effective manner and at their own pace. Through the program, Fearless Futures pushes e-learning to a higher level of effectiveness by keeping participants deeply invested through engaging facilitators and short chapters, while also preserving the gravity of the subject matters. Unlike typical online DEI trainings, which are mainly intended to avoid workplace litigation and therefore set a very low bar in terms of actual education, this program covers the foundational concepts of systemic oppression, intersectionality and equity. The studio-produced experience, which includes interactions, engaging animations and historical footage, is slightly over two hours and structured in 17 bitesize video chapters, interspersed with activities. Foundations to Inclusion and Equity is available globally in English with captions in different languages upon request and accessible on computers and mobile devices. "Making intersectional equity and inclusion education available to a large audience has always been a driving force of our organization and we are thrilled to now offer a tool that expands accessibility as well as affordability,We believe that everyone has a right to this education, which is key to achieving profound change. Now, from the palm of their hands or within their homes, folks can participate in the in-depth analysis required to understand intersecting oppressive systems that exist in our workplaces with our E-learning tool." Hanna Naima McCloskey, founder and CEO of Fearless Futures. Initially developed to support schools' DEI efforts in 2014, Fearless Futures was founded by Hanna Naima McCloskey, now a seasoned facilitator and educator, to give students the tools to engage with the nuance and complexity of oppression. Following the organization's initial success, Hanna expanded Fearless Futures' teachings to cater to leaders in the corporate world in 2016, a demographic in urgent need of anti-oppression training. Since then, Fearless Futures has served employees of all levels, from c-suite leadership to junior staff working in organizations across a variety of industries including technology, finance, media and more. About Fearless Futures Fearless Futures is a diversity, equity and inclusion training and consultancy firm that facilitates transformative learning experiences by actively challenging the root causes and intersections of inequities as well as their lived realities. The firm serves daring companies across sectors including tech, finance, media and more who are unafraid to engage in courageous analysis and actions and are committed to deep change across their organizational ecosystems. Fearless Futures envisions a world in which each person and organization possesses and actively practices the skills and tools to design equity into their everyday lives in service of affording access to freedom, legitimacy, dignity, safety and belonging for those who live with inequity. Founded in the UK in 2014 by Hanna Naima McCloskey, Fearless Futures specializes in globally relevant, robust analyses of inequities in the workplace and how they produce unequal and harmful outcomes for marginalized groups, applying its intersectional methodology to design equitable policies and processes.

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Amazon Selects Industry-Leading Online Learning Platform Springboard as Education Partner for Career Choice Program

Springboard | October 07, 2022

Springboard, an industry-leading online learning platform preparing students for in-demand careers through comprehensive, mentor and instructor-led programs, announced today that it has been added as an Amazon Career Choice partner. Career Choice is an education benefit that empowers Amazonians to learn new skills through technical training and career advancement programs for career success. Springboard will provide tailored programs to train Amazon employees to transition into high-growth, in-demand careers in data analytics and software engineering “We’re thrilled to be joining Career Choice and working together to create outsized impact for Amazon employees across the country, This partnership is a natural continuation of our mission to transform one million lives by 2030, and particularly in today’s uncertain economy, we’re excited to be a part of a progressive shift towards a workplace focused on employees and their goals.” Gautam Tambay, CEO and co-founder of Springboard Eligible Amazon employees throughout the U.S. will be able to enroll with Springboard beginning in November, with programs beginning early next year. We’re committed to providing educational opportunities for our employees across many different fields of interest. One way of doing that is by providing access to educational programs and reskilling opportunities in high-growth tech careers, said Tammy Thieman, global director for Career Choice at Amazon. The program aims to provide new pathways to career advancement opportunities, with a focus on preparing fulfillment center employees for transformational, high-growth tech careers. In the next ten years, occupations in the tech industry are projected to grow at twice1 the rate of the national average – with a persisting labor shortage, creating new pathways for individuals to enter into tech careers is essential. With nearly a decade of experience delivering programs that have successfully re-skilled tens of thousands of people to date, through partnerships with Amazon and others, Springboard is now applying its unique, cohort-based, human-guided learning approach to the corporate learning and employee development market, a $357 billion market according to Statista2. Through Springboard for Business, the company’s enterprise offering for businesses and corporations, Springboard guides employees at Fortune 500 companies through its uniquely tailored programs, which combine 1-on-1 mentorship with live and instructor-led sessions. Programs are available for upskilling and reskilling, and offer customized, company-specific projects to provide employees with the most up-to-date skill sets to drive business impact through contextualized and company-specific learning. If interested in becoming a Springboard enterprise partner, please reach out to corporatepartnerships@springboard.com or visit https://learn.springboard.com/business/ to learn more. 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. Springboard believes that each student is unique, and needs a learning experience designed to fit their life’s pace, supported by advisors and mentors. 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.Through Springboard for Business the company partners with businesses to bridge skills gaps through learning that prepares functional teams with the most in-demand and essential skills. Students take on relevant, real projects dramatically increasing learning momentum, retention and skill application in their jobs. Springboard delivers mentor-led online programs in strategic thinking, software engineering, data science, cybersecurity, UI/UX design, digital marketing, machine learning, tech sales and more. Springboard for Business has empowered corporate teams across industries at places like Sun Life Financial, HP, and The North Face.

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