Is our education system the right fit for American workers?

politico | January 16, 2019

Once, we all understood the bargain: Succeed in school, get a good job, and you’d laid the groundwork for a financially solid life.Now the education-jobs equation isn’t so clear, and it’s fast growing more complex. Already, two-thirds of jobs require some form of higher education, which can be expensive. And once you have a job, chances are you’ll need at least to retrain to stay on top of new technology, if not get further degrees or certifications to climb the ladder. And as costs stack up, higher education is growing out of reach for many.The U.S. educational system wasn’t built for this new world of work, and the strains are showing. This issue of The Agenda is dedicated to the question: If we care about widely shared prosperity, what should the role of education be? What are the best new career-building ideas out there, and how can policymakers in Washington help an aging system adapt?

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Students now use the PASCO sensors — along with the AirLink® interface, which allows them to connect the sensors wirelessly via Bluetooth® — for accurate, real time data collection. Available for over 80 measurements, the rugged, reliable sensors combine advanced technology with plug-and-play usability for easy use in and out of the classroom. Students also use the SPARKvue software with the sensors for real-time quantitative measurement and analysis.

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Students now use the PASCO sensors — along with the AirLink® interface, which allows them to connect the sensors wirelessly via Bluetooth® — for accurate, real time data collection. Available for over 80 measurements, the rugged, reliable sensors combine advanced technology with plug-and-play usability for easy use in and out of the classroom. Students also use the SPARKvue software with the sensors for real-time quantitative measurement and analysis.

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AI World School presents an online AI learning platform for students in school.

prnewswire | December 14, 2020

Computer based intelligence World School (AIWS) is dispatching its distant self-learning stage giving AI and Coding innovation training to understudies from ages 7 to 18. AIWS declares the worldwide dispatch of its independent internet learning stage giving AI learning encounters to understudies at home, to self taught students and in K12 schools. The world is changing quicker than at any other time in the midst of these testing seasons of COVID. Youngsters wellbeing is principal like never before, and they need to confront these difficulties and explore them effectively later on. To battle this, AIWS accepts that advancement, innovativeness and STEM abilities will be basic to set up one's' kid to get future-prepared. Artificial intelligence and Coding gives an upper hand when applying to universities, temporary jobs, and for profession openings. It is significant that each kid is carefully proficient from the wellbeing of their homes, to flourish and prevail in an undeniably mind boggling world. Kids today grow up around AI-controlled gadgets. AIWS accepts that with the information on how AI functions and its effect, they can possibly make creative answers for true issues changing social orders and molding the eventual fate of the planet. The AIWS Founders and Governing Board who have been engaged with training, mechanical technology and software engineering for quite a long time, have cautiously curated another understudy focused far off learning scene zeroed in on the five Big Ideas of AI. The course is intended to be fun, inventive, collective, moral, sympathetic, comprehensive, intentional and for social great. Understudies ages 7 to 18 will rejuvenate their undertakings with simple to-utilize age-suitable coding instruments, for example, S4AIWS Scratch AI augmentation, Sn4AIWS Snap! Man-made intelligence expansion, Phiro Code cell phone application, MIT App Inventor, Python and JavaScript. The 200+ active continuous coding encounters are instinctive, independent, self-coordinated with an assortment of STEM difficulties and undertaking based learning draws near. The learning results of the experiential educational plan are required to quicken singular execution, and drive both school and vocation achievement. About AI World School We are a team of educators and technologists who are passionate about helping students explore and understand the fundamentals of AI and coding and the role that it plays in our daily life. Our mission is to help students become future-ready as they prepare for careers that will require an understanding of artificial intelligence as a key skill to prepare children to flourish in the era of AI. AI World School is brought to you by Robotix the makers of Phiro, Robobricks, and Playbits which are products used in classrooms around the world. In 2016, Phiro from Robotix was recognized by Intel as one of "America's Greatest Makers."

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Practically acquires Fedena school Erp, becomes world's first company with a comprehensive EdTech product suite

Practically | March 03, 2022

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ONLINE EDUCATION

Tequity's SaaS Client Greenius Online Training Acquired by LMN

Tequity | September 02, 2021

Tequity, an M&A advisory firm specializing in global Enterprise B2B Cloud, SaaS, and IT companies, acted as the exclusive financial advisor to online training software Greenius, a leader in online training solutions for the green industry, in their acquisition by LMN, a Serent Capital portfolio company and North America's leading B2B landscape business management software company. On working with Tequity, Jay Murray, Greenius Co-Founder and CEO said "I am really glad we engaged Tequity to help us sell our business - they have a deep knowledge of the SaaS market that was invaluable throughout the project from start to finish. I didn't realize the extent of the due diligence process before we began but Tequity worked with us and the buyer to keep things simple and avoid complications where possible. With Tequity's guidance I truly believe we were able to achieve a better outcome for the shareholders than if we had tried to go it alone, with a very strategic buyer who appreciates our technology, our customers, and our people." London, Ontario-based Greenius is an industry leader with a proven track record of delivering exceptional online courses for landscape owners. Its team joins LMN immediately, filling an increasing customer need. A recent survey of LMN customers found that 70 percent identified training as a top priority for their employees in the coming years. Together, Greenius and LMN will create the green industry's first fully integrated system offering end-to-end training together with comprehensive business management software, providing landscaping business owners everything they need in one system. Greenius will also continue to be provided as a stand-alone offering to customers. "The addition of Greenius to the LMN family is huge for our customers, and the industry," said Mark Bradley, CEO, LMN. "We know just how important training is to landscaping leaders and their teams, and with Greenius, we can provide the best available training to help customers meet and exceed their needs." Greenius bolsters LMN's training capabilities. The company offers hundreds of courses in both English and Spanish each year on a variety of topics to the green industry, including but not limited to maintenance, construction, snow, safety, equipment, supervisor training and more. Many companies continue to be challenged by skilled labor shortages. With the addition of Greenius, landscape owners using the LMN platform will now have more opportunities to develop team members within their organizations to foster growth and retain employees. "We could not be more excited to join LMN," said Arden Urbano, Co-Founder and President, Greenius, who will continue to lead the Greenius team. "We share the same values and passion for customers, and together we will create an experience that will help them take their companies and the industry to the next level." About Tequity Tequity assists Enterprise B2B SaaS, Cloud, and IT companies with business growth and exit strategies. Our mission is simple: Achieve the best outcome for our clients. With decades of combined experience as executives, consultants, and owners of software and technology companies, we leverage our deep industry knowledge across tech ecosystems and our relationships with strategic, growth-focused buyers around the globe to drive successful M&A transactions.

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