More cities and states are paying into children's college savings plans

Education Dive | January 03, 2020

Starting Jan. 1, children born or adopted in Colorado through at least 2040 will be eligible to receive $100 in their 529 college savings account, The Colorado Sun reported. The state-run nonprofit college savings program, CollegeInvest, hopes to encourage more families to use the tax-advantaged accounts to save for their children's postsecondary education. Efforts like Colorado's, called First Step, are underway in cities and states nationwide as government leaders address concerns about college affordability. But participation in these still-new programs vary widely.

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Learn about current eLearning trends and how the explosion of new learning modalities like mobile learning, wearables, and gamification, across the L&D industry, can help encourage learner productivity and innovation.

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Learn about current eLearning trends and how the explosion of new learning modalities like mobile learning, wearables, and gamification, across the L&D industry, can help encourage learner productivity and innovation.

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Pluribus Technologies Inc. acquires Pathways Training & eLearning Inc.

Pluribus Technologies | August 25, 2021

Pluribus Technologies Inc. ("Pluribus") announced today the completion of the acquisition of Pathways Training & eLearning Inc. ("Pathways") in Toronto, ON. Founded in 2006, Pathways is an agency that supports its blue-chip clients through the design and programming of learning technologies, including live action video, eLearning, mLearning, gaming, animation and simulation along with traditional instructional design, corporate training and change management. Richard Adair, CEO of Pluribus Technologies states, "Pathways represents our fifth acquisition in the eLearning vertical and brings an impressive client base of Fortune 500 companies. As one of Canada's leaders in the provision of gamified mobile learning and virtual reality enabled 360° video, we are excited to introduce these leading-edge offerings to the Pluribus customer base." Pathways has always strived to be at the forefront of training in the Canadian marketplace, including being the first in Canada to offer virtual reality enabled 360° video for learning. "We are thrilled to join the Pluribus team." says Kurt Tiltack, Managing Partner of Pathways. "It will be wonderful to witness Pathways current client offerings both support and be amplified by the amazing companies in the Pluribus portfolio. Our collective capabilities will ensure learning successes for our clients now and into the future." About Pathways Training and eLearning Inc Pathways Training and eLearning Inc. (Pathways) is a Toronto-based learning and development agency. Pathways specializes in the design of learning technologies and traditional classroom programming, including eLearning, animation, simulation, gaming, live action video and 360° virtual reality. For over 15 years, Pathways has had the pleasure of working alongside some of North America's most celebrated brands, as their trusted learning and development partner. About Pluribus Technologies Inc. Pluribus Technologies (named from the Latin term meaning "from many, becomes one") was founded in 2018 with the goal of consolidating the smaller players in the B2B software industry. Pluribus helps entrepreneurs exit their businesses by providing them with a liquidity event when they are seeking a succession plan. The management team of former owner-operators builds upon the legacy created with loyal customers and employees, taking businesses to the next level of success.

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USRA Collaborates with the U.S. Space Force and Air Force Research Laboratory to Support Student Research

USRA | March 22, 2022

On March 21st, the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) announced that it has joined forces with the U.S. Space Force and the Air Force Research Laboratory to support scientific and technical research at seven selected universities. The partnership is called the University Consortium Research Opportunity (UCRO) and illustrates the significant partnership that connects academic research and government organization. "UCRO represents an incredibly unique opportunity for USRA to support the research efforts of an array of institutions, that will effectively advance the scientific and technical prowess of both USSF and AFRL. Importantly, these established partnerships will also engage a diverse group of students and postdoctoral fellows in research that contributes to an increased understanding and appreciation for STEM workforce opportunities within both agencies." -Bernard Seery, Senior Vice President, USRA Technology Research and Development, This workforce development program will leverage USRA’s proven record in STEM academics and administration. "USRA's role administering UCRO will enable institutions to generate pertinent research critical to both USSF and AFRL. The research yielded will unquestionably support the mission of both agencies and will encourage interest in USSF and AFRL among the next generation of STEM professionals." -Dr. Amanda Smith Hackler, USRA Director of Education The principal investigators, their institutions, and proposals selected for this program include: Dr.Michael Kinzel,University of Florida"Industrial-Aero Optimization for Agile Rocket Cargo Delivery" Dr.Anthony Torres,Texas State University"Understanding the Effect of Vibration on the Crystallization of ZBLAN" Dr.Anouck Girard,University of Michigan"Safe Learning in Space for Proximity and Rendezvous Operations" Dr.Siamak Farhad, TheUniversity of Akron"On-Orbit and In-Situ Inspection and Repair of Spacecraft" Dr. Marek Osiński,University of New Mexico"Designer Nanoparticles for Quantum Sensing of Location and Electric Field" Dr.Brandon Jones, TheUniversity of Texas at Austin"Information Theoretic Detection and Tracking for Rapid IOD" Dr.Miguel Velez-Reyes, TheUniversity of Texas at El Paso"Innovative Analysis of Spectra-Temporal Signatures Using Machine Learning for Ground-Based Remote Sensing of Unresolved Resident Space Objects"

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EiE, the Museum of Science, Partners with LINC to Launch a Professional Development Library

EiE | April 01, 2022

On March 31st, the award-winning curricula division of the Museum of Science in Boston announced a partnership with the Learning Innovation Catalyst (LINC) to deliver a professional development (PD) library that caters to computer science educators. By teaming up with LINC, EiE will be able to make the most of LINC’s cutting-edge professional learning and virtual coaching platform, LINCspring, to deliver a tailored professional learning experience online. LINCspring is LINC’s research-oriented platform that supports professional learning at scale that centers around students’ needs. Its personalized approach is built on extensive research of a transformational learning model by Stanford researcher, Arnetha Ball. "We're thrilled to partner with LINC to deliver our new asynchronous computer science course for elementary educators. I've seen firsthand how the LINCspring platform creates an environment for learner agency, engagement, and success by empowering teacher innovation. Pairing EiE's computer science curriculum and professional development with LINC's powerful learning platform provides an unmatched opportunity for elementary educators." -EiE VP, STEM Products & Services, Heather Gunsallus "The team at LINC couldn't be happier about our partnership with EiE, Museum of Science. Through our shared work, we will impact thousands of classrooms by supporting the professional learning of elementary school educators as they deliver critical STEM experiences. Combining the award-winning LINCspring transformational learning platform with the innovative EiE curriculum is a strategic and impactful partnership that will significantly advance STEM learning for children." - Jason Green, co-CEO at LINC

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