Oracle | November 16, 2021
Oracle today announced the launch of the Oracle Academy Career Center, a virtual hub where students and educators gain free access to professional training, technical certifications, academic curriculum, and experiential learning resources for the classroom and beyond. Tailored for higher education, the Oracle Academy Career Center offers learning pathways across a range of professions, including engineering and development, human resources, finance, and sales.
"The need for computing skills spans diverse industries, and as research shows, professionals with those in-demand skills enjoy higher paying jobs. The Oracle Academy Career Center provides job-focused learning resources plus free cloud-centered courses built on a foundation of academic, industry-relevant knowledge for a global audience. Today's announcement aims to empower the emerging generation of innovators and leaders who will define the future of business and technology."
Elizabeth Snyder, Oracle's Vice President of Human Resources and Philanthropy
The new Oracle Academy Career Center is a collaborative effort with Oracle University, Oracle Learning Library, and Oracle developer teams to tailor professional training and cloud-centered courses, normally available only to professionals working in the field, to students whose higher education institutions are members of Oracle Academy. The offering helps learners worldwide make connections between Oracle Academy's core academic curriculum and career opportunities by providing professional training and a chance to explore Oracle professional certifications.
"There is a universal need for qualified cloud professionals," said Dr. Wen Pei, Dean of College of Management, Chung Hua University, Taiwan. "The Oracle Academy Career Center enables our graduates to meet that need and be prepared for well-paying jobs. We calibrate our teaching to real-world requirements, and through Oracle Academy resources, our teachers and students gain free Oracle Cloud access to learn and develop industry-leading skills."
Aligned with Oracle's focus on cloud, Oracle Academy also released new curriculum, "Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Foundations." The curriculum introduces students to basic Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) concepts and terminology. The course offers lesson slides, corresponding videos and demonstrations, hands-on labs, and midterm and final exams. Through the Oracle Academy Cloud Program, learners in member institutions also may gain free access to Oracle Cloud.
"In the United States, digital literacy continues to be a challenge," said Denise Hobbs, Senior Director, Oracle Academy North America. "Colleges in low-income and rural communities often lack the resources to offer computing courses. Our ready-to-use cloud curriculum, teaching materials, and career center make it easy for educators to offers students the foundational technology knowledge and skills that are universally in high demand across jobs."
Today's new offerings follow a period of significant growth and reach for Oracle Academy. During the past fiscal year, Oracle Academy worked with more than 16,000 institutions across more than 130 countries to advance computing education, impacting millions of students.
About Oracle Academy
As Oracle's global, philanthropic educational program, Oracle Academy advances computing education around the world to increase knowledge, innovation, skills development, and diversity in technology fields. The program engages with more than 16,000 educational institutions and educators in more than 130 countries, helping millions of students become college and career ready.
Oracle offers integrated suites of applications plus secure, autonomous infrastructure in the Oracle Cloud.
Sciolytix | September 28, 2021
Talented Learning named DigitalChalk by Sciolytix one of its top 40 learning systems. Among nearly 800 learning systems in the marketplace, achieving top 40 places DigitalChalk in the top 5%.
DigitalChalk is a Learning Management System (LMS) designed to serve corporate trainers and continuing education providers. Most commonly, its customers deliver corporate training to employees or sell continuing education to other organizations for licensure and accreditation.
Talented Learning cites interactive video, social learning, assessments, ease of implementation, and exceptional support as key strengths of the platform.
Criteria for Recognition
To achieve recognition, a learning system must be guided by these subjective criteria:
Be reviewed by Talented Learning.
• Have participated in a buying opportunity led by Talented Learning (not mandatory).
• Be a member of the vendor community in good standing.
• Exercise thought leadership.
• Participate in extended enterprise.
An LMS That Stands Out Among the Crowd
For the DigitalChalk LMS to be named among the top 40 learning systems in such a highly saturated market is a testament to the Sciolytix team's continual effort to bring nothing less than the best to the online learning space. We are appreciative to receive such high praise from Talented Learning
Michael Bealmear, President and CEO of Sciolytix.
About Talented Learning
Started by industry experts John Leh and Joelle Girton, Talented Learning is an independent research and consulting firm to help organizations in procuring an LMS that meets the unique needs of their business.
Sciolytix is a software company specializing in experiential learning and talent analytics. We help organizations hire, onboard, and develop their employees; predict performance; and ensure their human capital can achieve current and future strategic objectives. We also help training companies deliver rich online learning experiences to clients, protect their intellectual property, and build profitable businesses.
Nerdy | September 24, 2021
Nerdy, a leading platform for delivering live online learning, today announced that it has completed its business combination with TPG Pace Tech Opportunities a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company. The Business Combination was approved on September 14, 2021 by TPG Pace Tech Opportunities’ stockholders. Beginning September 21, 2021, Nerdy common stock and warrants will trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbols “NRDY” and “NRDY WS”, respectively.
Nerdy has an ambitious mission to transform how people learn, and this transaction sets us up to accelerate the growth of live online learning at a pivotal moment when students and schools across the country need immense support. Our entry into the public market represents an important milestone for the Company and provides the resources necessary to go after the massive and growing opportunity in front of us. I want to recognize the dedication of the entire Nerdy team and could not be prouder of what we have achieved thus far. We’re just getting started and have an exceptional team in place to drive the next chapters of growth for our organization
Chuck Cohn, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Nerdy
Greg Mrva, President of TPG Pace Tech Opportunities, said, “We were attracted to Nerdy for its proven business model, strong leadership team, and ability to deliver live personalized learning at scale for learners of all ages and across thousands of subjects. With these attributes in place, Nerdy has delivered on growth in 2021 through core 1:1 and multi-format instruction and has recently added a direct to school initiative which provides a new driver of growth into 2022. We are excited to move forward as one organization and continue to partner with Chuck and the management team, helping Nerdy strengthen and grow its position in the industry.”
Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC acted as exclusive financial advisor to Nerdy. Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. acted as financial advisors, capital markets advisors, FPA and PIPE placement agents to TPG Pace Tech Opportunities. J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and Barclays Capital Inc. acted as capital markets advisors, FPA and PIPE placement agents to TPG Pace Tech Opportunities. Northland Capital Markets and Siebert Williams Shank acted as capital market advisors and FPA Placement Agents to TPG Pace Tech Opportunities. TPG Capital BD, LLC, Canaccord Genuity, JMP Securities LLC, Needham & Company and Raymond James & Associates, Inc., acted as capital market advisors to TPG Pace Tech Opportunities. Goodwin Procter LLP acted as the legal advisor to Nerdy and Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. acted as the legal advisor to TPG Pace Tech Opportunities.
Nerdy is a leading platform for live online learning, with a mission to transform the way people learn through technology. The Company’s purpose-built proprietary platform leverages technology, including AI, to connect learners of all ages to experts, delivering superior value on both sides of the network. Nerdy’s comprehensive learning destination provides learning experiences across 3,000+ subjects and multiple formats—including one-on-one instruction, small group classes, large format group classes, and adaptive self-study. Nerdy’s flagship business, Varsity Tutors, is one of the nation’s largest platforms for live online tutoring and classes. Its solutions are available directly to students and consumers, as well as through schools and other institutions.
TPG is a leading global alternative asset firm founded in 1992 with $108 billion of assets under management and offices in Beijing, Fort Worth, Hong Kong, London, Luxembourg, Melbourne, Mumbai, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, Singapore, and Washington D.C. TPG's investment platforms are across a wide range of asset classes, including private equity, growth equity, impact investing, real estate, secondaries, and public equity. TPG aims to build dynamic products and options for its investors while also instituting discipline and operational excellence across the investment strategy and performance of its portfolio.