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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Education lights every stage of the journey to a better life, especially for the poor and the most vulnerable. Education’s unique power to act as a catalyst for wider development goals can only be fully realized, however, if it is equitable. That means making special efforts to ensure that all children and young people – regardless of their family income, where they live, their gender, their ethnicity, whether they are disabled – can benefit equally from its transformative power.

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Education lights every stage of the journey to a better life, especially for the poor and the most vulnerable. Education’s unique power to act as a catalyst for wider development goals can only be fully realized, however, if it is equitable. That means making special efforts to ensure that all children and young people – regardless of their family income, where they live, their gender, their ethnicity, whether they are disabled – can benefit equally from its transformative power.

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YuJa | November 28, 2022

Franciscan University is enhancing teaching and learning and boosting the digital accessibility of its content through its agreement with YuJa, Inc., a leader in ed-tech solutions. The Steubenville, Ohio, university has implemented both YuJa Enterprise Video Platform and YuJa Panorama to complement Canvas, its learning management system (LMS). Initially, the institution was seeking a replacement video recording and editing, media management, and quizzing solution for Vidgrid, which is phasing out its education offerings. It was through a pilot program that Franciscan University recognized that YuJa Enterprise Video Platform and YuJa Panorama would seamlessly integrate with its LMS, improving accessibility across the Canvas platform and amplifying recordings, media management and quizzing to provide the tools for every student to succeed. “The Video Platform’s built-in accessibility features are enhanced by YuJa Panorama, Each product works as a standalone offering or combines to help deliver engaging video and media content. We’re excited for the Franciscan University community to leverage the capabilities to create an even more powerful teaching and learning experience.” Nathan Arora, Chief Business Office at YuJa Inc. ABOUT FRANCISCAN UNIVERSITY Founded in 1946, Franciscan University of Steubenville is no ordinary university, and a Franciscan education is no ordinary education. It is an education as rigorous and demanding as it is faithful-an education that challenges its students intellectually, forms them professionally, and feeds them spiritually. The university has more than 3,000 students in 40 undergraduate and eight graduate degree programs. The student body is 97 percent Catholic, and the university has the largest number of students majoring in theology, catechetics, and philosophy of any Catholic university in the United States. ABOUT YUJA, INC. YuJa is a leader in ed-tech solutions. Our platforms provide organizations of all sizes with the tools to educate, engage, inspire and collaborate. We serve learning enterprises within all sectors, including higher-ed, K-12, government, healthcare, non-profit and corporate. We have legal headquarters in Delaware with primary U.S. offices in Silicon Valley, California, and Canadian offices in Toronto.

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UNLV Joins Forces With Tech Talent Accelerator to Build New Pathways to High-Demand Careers

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) | September 30, 2022

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) today announced a collaboration with the tech talent accelerator SkillStorm designed to provide increased access to industry-recognized credentials in high-demand enterprise technologies, including AWS, Salesforce, CompTIA and Pega. An initiative of UNLV Continuing Education, the collaboration is specifically focused on driving technology talent to the UNLV community. "As an institution that is committed to supporting a growing population of nontraditional learners, we are always in search of new approaches that can help bridge the gap between learning and work,This collaboration is about expanding access to technology certification courses that can help our students, alumni, and community members access careers in the region's fastest-growing industries " Chris L. Heavey, UNLV executive vice president and provost. This collaboration continues an ongoing effort at UNLV, a designated Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Minority Serving Institution (MSI), to create new opportunities for students and community members to access technology training. Last year, the institution launched an incubator to support student and faculty entrepreneurs, and this past summer, UNLV Continuing Education introduced multiple programs and certifications in Cybersecurity, Software Development, Analytics, Sales Operations, and Sales Development Science to upskill alumni and the local community. Against a backdrop of ongoing technological change in the workplace, higher education institutions have both an opportunity and a responsibility to help students and community members alike access the skills that today's employers demand, said Justin Vianello, CEO at SkillStorm. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas is exemplifying the crucial role that colleges and universities can play in building diverse pipelines of tech talent that help to close both talent and equity gaps across the country. About UNLV Division of Educational Outreach The Division of Educational Outreach at UNLV is committed to creating an environment that promotes quality instruction, professional development, stimulating research, and community engagement. The courses and programs that we offer are developed with excellence in mind. The Continuing Education unit designs and delivers high quality non-credit programs, courses, workshops and seminars to both professional and casual learners. The Division's programs support UNLV's mission and core themes. UNLV DEO is located on the Paradise campus of UNLV. Learn more at edoutreach.unlv.edu About UNLV UNLV is a doctoral-degree-granting institution of more than 31,000 students and 3,900 faculty and staff that has earned the nation's highest recognition for both research and community engagement from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. UNLV offers a broad range of respected academic programs and is committed to recruiting and retaining top students and faculty, educating the region's diverse population and workforce, driving economic activity, and creating an academic health center for Southern Nevada. Learn more at unlv.edu. About SkillStorm SkillStorm is bringing together Fortune 500 employers, universities, and government agencies to build tomorrow's highly skilled tech workforce. Through partnerships with platforms like Pega, Salesforce, AWS and ServiceNow, we help working learners and aspiring tech experts build in-demand skills and earn industry-recognized certifications to compete in an increasingly dynamic economy. Our work is rooted in the belief that closing skill gaps and boosting economic mobility are two sides of the same coin, and that new approaches to training can help to both expand the pool of skilled tech talent and create new pathways to opportunity.

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Coursera Launches Expanded Clips Offering with Nearly 200K Short Videos and Lessons to Accelerate Skills Development for Employees

Coursera | October 03, 2022

Coursera, Inc. today announced the expansion of Clips, which now provides employees access to nearly 200,000 short videos and lessons designed to help them begin learning high-demand skills in under 10 minutes. “Lack of career development is a key reason many employees leave an organization. Yet employees have less time to devote to learning than ever before, A growing number of employees are now looking to gain job-specific skills much faster through shorter, more targeted content. With this shift towards microlearning, Clips enables employees to learn specific skills with 5-10 min videos. It also provides clear pathways into courses for deeper skill development, while driving continuous learning to ensure employees have the right skills to accelerate company growth and innovation.” Leah Belsky, Chief Enterprise Officer at Coursera. “ The initial Clips on Coursera offering featured bite-sized videos focused on business, tech, data, leadership, and human skills. The expanded Clips offering now provides a more comprehensive library of content, including a higher volume of videos for skills that are becoming increasingly more important like leadership and management. Currently, 83 percent of businesses feel it is important to develop leaders at all levels. Yet less than 5 percent have actually implemented leadership training across every level within their organization. To help address this growing need, Coursera has increased the number of leadership and management-related Clips by 10x. As learners quickly gain skills through Clips, many then seek opportunities for deeper development. Thirty-six percent of learners that have viewed Clips to address their in-the-moment learning needs have gone on to enroll in at least one course1. The most viewed Clips to date include a range of data, cloud, and productivity-focused content such as: Welcome to Python, by University of Michigan [1 min] Fundamentals of Data Science, by IBM [2 min] The Business Case for Visionary Leadership, by University of Michigan [7 min] Why is Storytelling Important?, by Macquarie University [9 min] Key Cloud Service Providers and their Services, by IBM [6 min] What is SQL Anyway?, by University of California, Davis [7 min] Customize Google Calendar, by Google [4 min] Taking Charge of Excel, by Macquarie University [6 min] Global industry leaders and government organizations like Google, New York State Department of Labor, Alstom, and Bosch have adopted Clips to help accelerate skills development within their workforce. Google in particular has made Clips available to all employees worldwide, helping many learners obtain skills that will help them elevate their job performance and begin unlocking new advancement opportunities. With Clips, Coursera now offers fully scalable learning paths featuring everything from short videos and lessons to professional certificates, and degree programs. For my role, developing skills in programming, camera hardware, and design is crucial. Finding relevant courses to acquire these new skills, and gaining practical, hands-on experience has been a challenge,” said Doris Chen, hardware design engineer at Google. The Clips videos provide relevant content focused on everything from camera and imaging to optical system design. As I continue my training, I’m looking forward to enrolling in more advanced classes and potentially earning an additional degree online to help further my career.I have always been fascinated by the concept of skills development programs and self-paced learning, and the ways it can assist to level up your career,said Rajat Batra, software engineer at Google. “Clips takes this concept to the next level by adding short and focused job related videos. 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