Amava Launches "Amava Learns" to Deliver Purpose & Connection Education Opportunities

prnewswire | June 11, 2020

Amava, the leading platform connecting a new generation of empty nesters and active retirees with jobs, volunteer opportunities and unique experiences, has expanded its offerings to include hundreds of new instructor-led classes and self-paced courses. Many Amava members are Baby Boomers and Gen Xers interested in learning new skills, pursuing interests and hobbies or just challenging themselves. In a recent Amava poll of more than 175,000 households, 60% of the respondents chose "learning something new" as a top priority. Besides the obvious benefit of attaining knowledge, continuing education is a great way to expand the mind, find new purpose and establish new social connections.

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Grade 4 students examine energy by using models of electrical systems to analyze patterns that demonstrate that energy moves and changes. And in a middle school science class, students make a model to simulate an earthquake, gather data on its effects on land and human-built structures, and then analyze the data to inform the design of earthquake-resistant buildings.


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SeligoAI Launches Next-Generation Tech Platform to Improve Both College Financial and Student Performance by Turning Data Into Action

SeligoAI | November 08, 2022

Today, SeligoAI: The Student Experience Company, announces the debut of its next-gen edtech platform that improves the financial performance of schools and elevates the student experience.Now more than ever, colleges and universities need help recruiting and retaining students. "Their struggles are quite substantial,Student recruitment and retention have steadily decreased in many community colleges and 4-year private colleges, and if these trends aren't reversed, we're going to see more and more schools reduce their program offerings, or merge with other schools, or even fail. We're also going to see the dropout rate continue to increase, if we don't focus more resources on the student learning lifecycle." SeligoAI's founder and president, Dr. Gregory Jordan Dr. Jordan understands the challenges that universities are experiencing because he has seen them first-hand. He served as a college president for over 16 years and led the University to 14 years of record-breaking enrollment. This experience confirmed his belief that the quality of the student learning lifecycle is a key driver of institutional sustainability. "We must meaningfully and holistically address students' concerns and challenges. When students succeed, schools succeed," says Jordan. Inspired by his experiences, Jordan has spent the past 5 years iteratively developing SeligoAI's platform and making it available via pilot programs to colleges. Colleges who understand the benefit of using their data to improve strategy, operations and problem solving to support the student learning lifecycle will succeed in the modern era. Frequently the use of data in higher education is as siloed as university departments. SeligoAI turns those limiting practices into best practices by collecting and transforming data, and by making the resulting insights actionable. SeligoAI makes sense of the copious amounts of data available to colleges and universities. The SeligoAI Platform is the first truly end-to-end platform that helps schools improve financial outcomes by empowering administrators to support students across the entire student learning lifecycle, from pre-enrollment through program completion and gainful employment. "Colleges and universities will see incredibly strong results from SeligoAI's focused approach on the student learning lifecycle" says Dr. Jordan. "The metrics and measures of student learning are directly correlated to the financial wellbeing of schools and universities." SeligoAI is great news for schools that need help now because it improves student success and the financial bottom line at the same time. SeligoAI's thoughtfully developed technology: Is laser-focused on improving the metrics that drive meaningful improvement in school financial performance. Is intuitive and underpinned by human-assistive technology for easy use. Uses multimodal communication to meet students where they are and guides them to where they want to be which supports the goals of Achieving the Dream and Guided Pathways. Employs machine learning and artificial intelligence to transform data, helping colleges and universities to smartly support assessment, placement, and monitoring of student learning. About SeligoAI SeligoAI, The Student Experience Company, was founded to solve the financial challenges facing higher education today. SeligoAI gives higher-ed administrators a simple and effective way to improve the Student Learning Lifecycle which extends student lifetime value. Not only does SeligoAI make a meaningful and measurable impact on the metrics that matter the most, but it also measurably improves the student experience by giving administrators a new and better way to understand, interpret, and communicate with students. SeligoAI was founded by Dr. Gregory Jordan, a former college president, a thought leader on higher ed, and an advocate for human assistive technology that improves student learning and institutional performance.

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Cognizant Commits $5.3 Million in Philanthropic Support to Expand STEM Education and Access to Tech Careers

Cognizant | December 08, 2022

Cognizant has announced $5.3 million in philanthropic support for 14 organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada. This funding will help broaden access to K-12 STEM education and advance equitable career pathways, a philanthropic commitment consistent with Cognizant's vision to leverage technology to improve everyday life. "Cognizant understands the power of technology to modernize, reimagine, and transform communities,Through our philanthropic efforts, we are expanding on-ramps to tech careers through greater access to high-quality STEM education and inclusion for those historically underrepresented in the industry. We are proud to partner with these 14 organizations to accelerate their work preparing talented young people and adults to succeed in the workforce of today and tomorrow." Tobi Young, Head of Philanthropy, and SVP, Corporate and Regulatory Affairs, Cognizant. Cognizant has long-standing global commitment to promote inclusion, elevate underserved communities, and prepare people for the future of work. Since 2018 alone, Cognizant has provided support to more than 70 organizations working to provide individuals with the quality education, training, and job opportunities required to improve economic and social mobility, among its other corporate social responsibility initiatives. In 2021, the company announced a new five-year, $250 million effort including philanthropic funding and in-kind contributions to advance economic mobility, educational opportunity, and health and well-being in communities around the world. Expanding Access to STEM Education Today, only 53% of K-12 schools offer computer science. Code.org and NCWIT work to advance research, professional development, and advocacy efforts to increase access to and participation in computer science at schools across the U.S. Programming from Dalhousie University, Girlstart, JA Central Ontario, University of Montana, and University of Toronto empowers the next generation of STEM professionals by connecting students with engaging and industry-informed learning opportunities. DonorsChoose provides educators across the U.S. with the resources they need to support young learners; funding from Cognizant will support K-12 computer science-related classroom projects on DonorsChoose during Computer Science Education Week, taking place Dec. 5-11, 2022. Advancing Equitable Pathways to Careers in Technology Ada Developers Academy, Blind Institute of Technology, Marcy Lab School, Road to Hire, and Turing School of Software and Design boost diversity and equity in the tech industry through innovative educational opportunities for learners from historically excluded and underrepresented backgrounds. Work Shift is an independent digital media hub for news, analysis, and opinion focused on whether education and training programs deliver the talent and opportunity that society needs. The outlet provides in-depth coverage of industry-leading programs, ensuring students, families, policymakers, and companies learn about promising education and career pathways. Quotes from partner organizations: Ada Developers Academy — Alexandra Holien, Interim CEO: "Ada is changing the face of tech, and we are thrilled that Cognizant is investing in our work. When we look at who is most left out of tech and the American economy overall, it's women and gender-expansive folks, especially Black and brown women. Ada's tuition-free program launches students into careers as software developers in just one year, hugely accelerating gender and racial equity in the tech industry. So far, we have graduated 700 new programmers from our Seattle and digital campuses, and now we are expanding! Ada just opened a campus in Atlanta, thanks in part to Cognizant's support." Blind Institute of Technology — Mike Hess, Executive Director: "Blind Institute of Technology (BIT) assists the hardest-to-serve communities with our fully remote and fully accessible programs. BIT is serving the blind, deaf, neurodiverse, and other people with disabilities to participate in equitable opportunities to further their futures in the workplace. With Cognizant's support, BIT can reach so many more individuals!" Code.org — Hadi Partovi, CEO: "In today's world, it is essential that all students have the opportunity to learn computer science. Cognizant's support will help enable our work to make computer science a fundamental part of the K-12 education system and ultimately increase access and participation for young women and students traditionally underrepresented in the technology fields." Dalhousie University — Dr. Andrew Rau-Chaplin, Dean, Faculty of Computer Science: "Dalhousie University is excited to partner with Cognizant. As a civic university, Dalhousie strongly shares the belief that those who create and influence our digital world should be representative of the whole of society. This investment will enable us to build on the work we have done through our WeAreAllCS diversity initiative to improve access to technology education and opportunities for those who have historically been underrepresented in the field. Through this partnership we will also be expanding our innovation and entrepreneurship programming, better connecting our students with industry, and the growing digital ecosystem." DonorsChoose — Alix Guerrier, CEO: "Cognizant is fostering a love for tech and computer science among public school students, by providing their teachers with the resources they need. Through their partnership with DonorsChoose, Cognizant is empowering future STEM leaders sitting in U.S. classrooms today." Girlstart — Shane Woods, Executive Director: "Thanks to support from Cognizant, Girlstart can provide free year-round STEM programming for 2,000+ girls in grades 4-8. Support for K-5 science has been greatly reduced over the past few years. Girlstart provides additional learning time outside of the school day and during the summer designed to bridge learning gaps by exposing girls to hands-on STEM lessons and activities. Our participants perform better on science and mathematics tests and have an increased interest in STEM education and careers thanks to our women in STEM guest speakers. We are grateful to Cognizant for making our work and progress possible!" JA Central Ontario — Jennifer Holmes Weier, President and CEO: JA Central Ontario is proud to renew our partnership with Cognizant. Here at JA Central Ontario, we envision a world in which young people have the skillset and mindset to build thriving communities. This vision is strongly aligned with Cognizant's aim of creating a world where all communities can participate in and benefit from the digital economy. We're looking forward to continuing our work together to inspire and prepare young people across Central Ontario as they look ahead to the future. Marcy Lab School — Reuben Ogbonna, Executive Director: "We are thrilled to be supported by our partners at Cognizant who share our mission of building equitable pathways to high-paying tech careers for underrepresented young adults. As tech sector jobs continue to be an engine for economic mobility in New York City, we see disproportionate numbers of Black and Latinx individuals locked out of these opportunities early in their careers. With Cognizant's generous support, we will be able to increasingly impact these numbers, graduating classes that are nearly 100% students of color and ensuring they are placed in competitive tech roles, thereby radically diversifying the tech landscape and creating generational wealth for our students and their families. NCWIT — Terry Hogan, President and Chief Technology Officer: "Professional school counselors play a central role in encouraging girls, women, and other underrepresented groups to pursue computing. Through their interactions with students, educators, parents, and guardians, counselors are in a unique position to enact change. But research shows, they face barriers when it comes to advising about computing education and careers. NCWIT's Counselors for Computing program equips counselors with tools that help students see themselves in computing. Counselors are a key lever on the path to a more inclusive tech industry, and Cognizant is helping NCWIT reach more counselors in more locations." Road to Hire — Kacey Grantham, CEO: "Road to Hire is grateful for Cognizant's continued commitment to supporting young adults on the path to high-growth, high-earning careers. Due to this collaboration, Road to Hire's reach will expand this year to more than 1,600 young adults of color underrepresented in tech. This work could not be done without excellent partners such as Cognizant. Turing School of Software and Design — Jeff Casimir, Executive Director: "Turing's mission is to unlock human potential by training a diverse and inclusive student body to succeed in high-fulfillment technical careers. Since our founding in 2014, Turing has helped over 1,800 people navigate the path to thriving tech careers. With support from Cognizant, we've been able to increase outreach efforts to recruit larger numbers of women, veterans, and BIPOC students. We've implemented new programs and coaching systems that have driven the graduation rate above 85%, time-to-hire under 60 days, and average starting salaries above $85,000. Our community thanks you! University of Montana — Seth Bodnar, President: "Sitting in the aboriginal territories of the Salish and Kalispel people, the University of Montana has long supported Native American access and success in higher education. We are grateful to Cognizant for its generosity and partnership in helping foster inclusive prosperity in Montana. Its support for the MT AIMS and Indigenous First Year Experience programs will help build pathways to higher education and meaningful careers for Montana's Native American students. University of Toronto — Chris Yip, Dean, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering: "This continuing partnership will help U of T Engineering to strengthen and grow programs that inspire and empower the next generation of engineering leaders — especially young women, Black students, and others who are underrepresented in the profession today. As engineers, we do our best work when we have diverse voices around the design table. We are proud to partner with Cognizant to lead the kind of change that will build a brighter future for us all. Work Shift — Elyse Ashburn, Co-founder and Editor: "The way Americans work and learn is shifting dramatically, and we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to ensure that those changes expand economic opportunity for people who have traditionally been left behind. Cognizant recognizes that independent journalism like what we do at Work Shift will play a critical role. We can't improve our systems of education and work without an honest accounting of what's working, what isn't, and what might. About Cognizant Cognizant engineers modern businesses. We help our clients modernize technology, reimagine processes and transform experiences so they can stay ahead in our fast-changing world. Together, we're improving everyday life.

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Fullstack Academy Joins Blackstone-backed Simplilearn

Fullstack Academy | November 30, 2022

Fullstack Academy, a trailblazer in tech education, announced today it has been acquired by Simplilearn, the world’s leading online learning bootcamp offering digital skills training and courses to working professionals globally. Simplilearn is based in San Francisco and Bangalore, India. Backed by Blackstone, Simplilearn has had exponential recent growth, launching new programs and scaling its operations to successfully serve over 70,000 active monthly learners and over 500 enterprise clients. Simplilearn is dedicated to bridging the digital skills gap by providing learners across all career stages with the professional skills needed to succeed and keep pace with the rapidly evolving digital economy. News of Simplilearn’s acquisition of Fullstack Academy comes after a recent new funding round led by GSV Ventures to boost growth plans in India and international markets. This acquisition establishes the edtech company as the largest digital skilling company in the United States. Fullstack Academy will continue its current brand and bootcamp offerings and operate as an independent business unit within Simplilearn. Fullstack is poised to undergo continued growth, building on its 10-year history and experience in the U.S. bootcamp space.Since its founding, Fullstack has expanded its offerings, introducing new bootcamp programs and disciplines within Fullstack Academy, the Grace Hopper Program, government programs, and twenty university and industry partners, growing to over 7,000 alumni across the U.S. In 2022, Fullstack Academy was designated an AWS Authorized Training Partner, enabling delivery of official AWS Training and Certification in high-demand skills areas such as cloud computing. Fullstack was selected to join the 2023 Amazon Career Choice program, offering bootcamp programs to eligible Amazon employees across more than 30 metropolitan areas. Additionally, Fullstack Academy was selected by LinkedIn Talent Solutions as the winner of its 2021 LinkedIn Talent Awards for Best Acquisition Team in the Education category. Simplilearn credits Fullstack Academy’s established reputation for quality outcomes, positive student feedback, trusted partnerships, and talented employee base as the primary factors behind its acquisition of the tech bootcamp provider. Following the acquisition, all of Fullstack’s employees will remain in their roles as part of the combined organization, bringing Simplilearn’s total employee count to over 2,500. Under the agreement, Fullstack Academy will keep its name, leadership team, and staff. It will continue to serve its students and partners as it does today, with no changes to its bootcamp delivery or offerings. Fullstack Academy CEO Jerrad Tausz will remain as the chief executive for the company’s operations. “This acquisition marks an exciting opportunity for our organization,Simplilearn is the world’s No. 1 online bootcamp. Together, we share an aligned mission of transforming lives by helping students from all backgrounds and skill sets learn the technical skills needed to secure in-demand jobs. We are very confident in the future success of our organization and excited about what the change of ownership will bring to all staff, students, partners, and alumni. I look forward to leveraging our shared vision with Simplilearn to bridge the digital skills gap in the U.S. market.” Tausz, CEO of Fullstack Academy. Founded in 2010, Simplilearn offers over 100 programs that teach early- to mid-career professionals the digital skills needed for careers in cloud, DevOps, data science, artificial intelligence and machine learning, digital marketing, and cybersecurity, among other industries. Simplilearn also partners with top global and Indian universities and corporations, such as Caltech CTME, MIT Schwarzman College of Computing, UMass Amherst, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, IBM, and Amazon, to provide training to help individuals and organizations keep up with the constantly changing demands driven by digitization. More than 3 million professionals globally have studied with Simplilearn to date. Bootcamps have been an extremely popular concept in the edtech industry, and there is no denying that learners are looking for the holistic learning experience that bootcamps offer. Through Fullstack Academy’s strong footprint in the U.S. with its bootcamps and elite partnerships with top universities, we are confident that this collaboration will enable us to accelerate our global expansion plans. It is amazing to find a business whose vision is similar to ours and complements our pedagogy and belief system. We are certain to leverage each other's capabilities in a prolific way to attain synergies,” said Krishna Kumar, Simplilearn Founder and CEO. Tyton Partners acted as financial advisor and DLA Piper acted as legal advisor to Fullstack Academy and its parent company. About Fullstack Academy Fullstack Academy is a national tech education provider based in New York City. Founded in 2012, it offers web development, cybersecurity, data analytics, DevOps, and product management bootcamps. Fullstack Academy also offers the Grace Hopper Program, an immersive software engineering course for women and non-binary students, in addition to partnerships with leading universities nationwide, including Virginia Tech, Caltech CTME, and Louisiana State University. Graduates have been hired by Google, Facebook, Amazon, Fortune 100 firms, and startups.

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Service-learning model for families receives Congressional Resolution

National Center for Families Learning | November 28, 2022

Creating a community garden; making the route to school safer for pedestrians; organizing donation drives to benefit elderly community members—the common thread that is woven throughout these projects is that they were all carried out by families using a service-learning model developed by the National Center for Families Learning. NCFL is a national nonprofit that supports family success and well-being through education by partnering with communities on initiatives where families develop their literacy and leadership skills. Family Service Learning is a co-designed, research-based learning process in which families identify problems within their own communities and carry out service projects to address them. Challenges within communities are best solved by those who are closest to and experiencing those issues, and the most impactful solutions are co-designed with and by families. On November 14th, Representative John Yarmuth (D-KY) introduced a Congressional resolution that designates November 14-18, 2022, as National Family Service Learning Week. For the 7th consecutive year, members of Congress on both sides of the aisle have recognized Family Service Learning as a dynamic tool for families to not only work towards meeting their educational and career goals, but also improve the communities in which they live. I am proud to once again introduce this resolution formally recognizing Family Service Learning Week and the meaningful impact this model has had on education and community-building throughout our country," says Rep. Yarmuth. "As my final term in Congress comes to a close, it has been an honor to represent the Louisville-based National Center for Families Learning and help champion the remarkable work they do. Research shows that we can strengthen families and build a better future for all by tackling these issues simultaneously, with a comprehensive approach that helps learners of all ages. Family Service Learning was developed in 2013 and continues to serve as a vehicle for families to explore their strengths, develop or sharpen skills in leadership, advocacy, and employability, envision solutions to community issues, conduct root-cause analysis, and establish and sustain new community partnerships. Results from an independent evaluation of Family Service Learning have found that Family Service Learning can: Increase formal learning, including content knowledge research and academic skills; Increase technology skills; Increase opportunities to develop work-based skills; Elevate family voice and build social capital through networks of participating adults; Expand self-efficacy and self-confidence. "For seven straight years Family Service Learning has received Congressional recognition, attesting to the value and importance of creating learning opportunities that extend beyond school walls and are grounded in local challenges and inequities facing communities across the country, Positive shifts occur across communities when there's a focus on the lived experiences of individuals who have the potential to shape and influence better conditions, policies, and practices for this generation and the next. When parenting adults grow their leadership capacity and become drivers of change in their neighborhoods, communities are elevated by their influence and ultimately thrive." NCFL's President and CEO, Dr. Felicia Cumings Smith. Education solutions, such as Family Service Learning, are embedded into NCFL's research-backed model programming and pathways in family literacy, family engagement, and family leadership. The organization believes that creating a family learning system of these pathways is key to building and supporting a thriving, equitable community. NCFL recently unveiled its 60x30 vision that by 2030, coordinated and aligned Family Learning Systems will be established in 60 communities throughout the country.

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Grade 4 students examine energy by using models of electrical systems to analyze patterns that demonstrate that energy moves and changes. And in a middle school science class, students make a model to simulate an earthquake, gather data on its effects on land and human-built structures, and then analyze the data to inform the design of earthquake-resistant buildings.

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