Bark Technologies Joins Forces with Stratix Corporation to Launch Smartmobile Education Technology Program

Bark Technologies | August 12, 2020

Of the numerous challenges educators have faced throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, none has shed more light on digital inequity than distance learning. That divide is now being addressed — one student at a time — thanks to a new partnership between Stratix Corporation and Bark Technologies. Stratix is a leading provider of managed mobility services in the U.S., and Bark's comprehensive online safety solutions provide content monitoring, screen time management, and web filtering to millions of families in the U.S. — as well as free monitoring and filtering to schools. Working together to serve Detroit Public Schools, the two Atlanta-based companies will deliver 1:1 remote learning capabilities for 22,000 K-12 students across 12 different districts just in time for the start of the 2020 back-to-school season. Students will receive a Chromebook (and accessories) configured with G Suite for Education and carrier-activated hotspots upon request. The devices will also be outfitted with Bark's online monitoring and filtering tools — powered by its sophisticated AI — to help keep students safe. The program includes ongoing repair and support for students and their devices.

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HCLTech Partners with Purdue Global for Higher Education Program

HCL | October 14, 2022

HCLTech, a leading global technology company, and Purdue Global announced a new partnership to provide HCLTech employees opportunities to further their education. HCLTech employees and its apprentices based in the United States will be able to pursue courses at Purdue Global to enhance their technology skills. HCLTech’s existing Apprenticeship Program creates new career pathways for aspiring tech professionals by providing employment training opportunities and an education pathway for non-degreed individuals. Purdue Global joins Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) on HCLTech’s preferred academic partner list.As part of this new partnership, HCLTech will cover the tuition expenses incurred by apprentices for undergraduate degree programs at Purdue Global via the Purdue Global Advantage Tuition Grant (ATG), which provides 100% tuition-paid benefits on undergraduate degree programs, with books and course materials included and resource fees waived. Full-time HCLTech employees in the U.S. will be eligible to receive a 20% tuition reduction benefit on undergraduate programs and certificates and a 14% tuition reduction benefit on graduate degrees or certificate programs. “At HCLTech, we are driven by our purpose of supercharging the potential of our people, We’re incredibly proud of the work we’ve done with our Apprenticeship Program, rapidly strengthening our hiring efforts and helping high school and entry-level graduates enter the fast-growing tech industry. Our expanding academic collaborations and investments in early career offerings represent a major opportunity for us to help our people upskill and advance their education and careers.” Ramachandran Sundararajan, Chief People Officer,HCLTech The HCLTech Apprenticeship Program, which launched in September of 2021 as part of the company’s Rise at HCLTech early career and training program, gives high school graduates who do not have a college degree the ability to pursue a career in software development and testing, digital and cloud services, infrastructure delivery and engineering. The program - described as ‘groundbreaking’ by a Technology Business Research Inc. special report - allows participants to work while furthering their education through 12 months of training and on-the-job learning designed to fast-track their careers. The entrance of these opportunities into the U.S. and North American market will serve to draw even more talent into the workforce. Entry-level positions are currently available at multiple global innovation and delivery centers including locations in California, Connecticut, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas.We are thrilled to be partnering with HCLTech, a leader in next-generation global technology and an award-winning employer, in providing higher education opportunities for their employees,” said Jon Harbor, Purdue Global Provost. “HCLTech’s Apprenticeship Program provides an outstanding earn-and-learn pathway for trainees, and all employees will gain access to a wide range of Purdue Global degrees and certificates that will advance their skills and careers. About HCLTech HCLTech is a global technology company, home to 211,000+ people across 52 countries, delivering industry-leading capabilities centered around digital, engineering and cloud, powered by a broad portfolio of technology services and products. We work with clients across all major verticals, providing industry solutions for Financial Services, Manufacturing, Life Sciences and Healthcare, Technology and Services, Telecom and Media, Retail and CPG, and Public Services. Consolidated revenues as of 12 months ending June 2022 totaled $11.8 billion. To learn how we can supercharge progress for you, visit hcltech.com. About Purdue Global Purdue Global delivers personalized online education tailored to the unique needs of adults who have work or life experience beyond the classroom, enabling them to develop essential academic and professional skills with the support and flexibility they need to achieve their career goals. It offers personalized paths for students to earn an associate, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree, based on their work experience, desired pace, military service, previous college credits and other considerations – no matter where they are in their life journey. Purdue Global is a nonprofit, public university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It is affiliated with Purdue University’s flagship institution, a highly ranked public research university located in West Lafayette, Indiana. Purdue University also operates regional campuses in Fort Wayne and Northwest Indiana, as well as serving science, engineering and technology students at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus.

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YuJa Inc. Strengthens Enterprise Ed-Tech Product Portfolio, Adding Features and Capabilities

YuJa Inc | September 20, 2022

Ed-tech solution leader YuJa, Inc. released a number of new and updated features across its portfolio of products this quarter. Products include: the YuJa Enterprise Video Platform, YuJa Video Conferencing Platform, YuJa Panorama for Digital Accessibility, YuJa Himalayas for Enterprise Archiving, YuJa Engage Student Response System, and YuJa Verity Test Proctoring “At YuJa, we know that enterprise education technology continues to evolve. Our mission is to evolve with it so we can help institutions of all sizes easily manage technology tools that power their learning experiences,Everyone from our engineers, to sales and support teams works to ensure our software solutions are meeting and exceeding the expectations of the institutions we serve.” Nathan Arora, Chief Business Officer at YuJa, Inc. Highlighted feature introductions and updates are listed below. YuJa Enterprise Video Platform YuJa’s flagship product, the YuJa Enterprise Video Platform, now offers a new CampusTube video experience, a new Cielo24 human captioning enterprise connector, dynamic feedback for video quizzes, new API, and many WCAG 2.1-aligned accessibility improvements to enrich your Video Platform experience. Other updates include in-depth Live Stream statistics across the Hardware Hub, Software Capture and RTMP initiated live streams, new customizations for the Canvas LTI 1.3 integration, a new Sub-Admin Captioner role, consent forms workflows, and a new Facial Analysis tool. In addition to the Video Platform, other products also saw a number of updates to enhance user experience and product capabilities. YuJa Panorama for Digital Accessibility YuJa Panorama for Digital Accessibility now has dynamic accessibility suggestions for WYSIWYG text regions, language translation support for Text-to-Speech, increased options for Website Accessibility, enhancement to Panorama’s ability to generate Accessibility Reports, and more, making it simpler to gauge accessibility and fix issues. Additionally, YuJa Panorama’s website accessibility tool has been updated and can now be integrated into the LMS at the institution and course levels. YuJa Media Capture Portfolio YuJa Software Capture for PC now has a Microsoft PowerPoint Ribbon add-on that enables users to auto-sync the start and end of the recording during their presentation session in just a few simple clicks in PowerPoint's configuration tab. YuJa Video Conference Platform The Video Conference Platform now offers virtual backgrounds, enhanced sharing capabilities and provides meeting owners the option to manage the waiting room and admit participants individually or all at once. YuJa Himalayas for Enterprise Archiving YuJa Himalayas for Enterprise Archiving now offers a Recurring Jobs tab to manage upcoming archive jobs, a more accurate representation of file sizes, and an enhanced user interface to make the data archiving and compliance process seamless. 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.

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Visions In Education Charter School Secures Copyright Protection for Unique, Comprehensive Information Management System

Visions In Education | October 28, 2022

In September 2022, Visions In Education, a Sacramento-based charter school serving over 6,500 students throughout Northern California, applied for and received copyright protection for its Launchpad Student Support System. This unique system, built from the ground up by Visions, ensures that technology is an asset for the school, not a complicated patchwork of programs and systems that can often overwhelm and confuse users. "As a non-classroom-based charter school, the effective use of technology is critical to our core mission of serving students," said Tom Tafoya, Visions' Chief Operating Officer who has been with the school for 18 years. "About 15 years ago, we really started seeing an acceleration of different programs and platforms being launched to assist students, parents, teachers and administrators. It was great to see so much technology being developed for the education space but it quickly became clear that all those different products had the potential to overwhelm users. Visions began exploring how it could spend its own time and technology resources to better integrate these different products into a single ecosystem, minimizing the need for end users to organize and maintain the different products. The Launchpad Student Support System creates a single point of entry for users regardless of the programs and platforms they are accessing, continued Tafoya. This was a significant investment for us considering the technological expertise involved and the responsibility to ensure that the data collected and shared through Launchpad was secure and protected. It's amazing to look back years later and see how Launchpad has evolved as such an important part of how we serve students now. The Launchpad Student Support System is the single point of entry for parents to access student records, order curricula and supplies, manage events and more. Visions has partnered with major curriculum and supply vendors including Amazon, Staples, BNC K-12 powered by MBS, Bookshark, Lakeshore Learning, Rainbow Resource Center and TextbookX to create custom integrations within Launchpad. Staff use Launchpad to track enrollment and attendance, manage vendors, monitor and track student requests and streamline communication between different school audiences. Launchpad was also critical in Visions winning a Pivotal Practice Award from California Department of Education for its ability to quickly and effectively distribute technology to families and staff as the COVID-19 pandemic limited in-person interaction. "We were incredibly proud of the fact that we were able to quickly adapt to meet the challenges of the pandemic with minimal disruption to our students and staff,Because Launchpad was already such an integral part of our work, we were able to avoid the struggles of maintaining student engagement and attendance that impacted so many other schools." Dr. Steve Olmos, Visions' CEO. After spending considerable time and resources building and refining Launchpad, it only made sense to seek copyright protection for this critical asset. As such, all versions of the software code have been copy written and the name of the software has been trademarked. This IP protects Visions significant investment in the system going back to 2011. About Visions In Education Visions In Education is a free, public charter school that serves over 6,500 TK-12 students in Amador, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, Sutter and Yolo counties. Visions offers students flexible and personalized service in their Independent Study, University Prep and Home School programs.

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HCP Becomes the First CHAP-Verified Educational Provider for Home-Based Care

Home Care Pulse | November 24, 2022

Based on Community Health Accreditation Partner's (CHAP) rigorous standards of excellence, HCP has been recognized as the first CHAP-verified educational provider for home care, home health, hospice, and residential care. CHAP performed a critical review of sample courses from HCP's compliance and professional development suites to ensure the applicable content within those courses met CHAP standards in addition to CMS regulations. CHAP determined that HCP content complies with the requirements stated in the CHAP Standards of Excellence. HCP Training allows agencies to create high-quality employee onboarding experiences, provide annual training that complies with requirements, and enhance employees' skills with professional development content. CHAP is honored to recognize HCP as the first educational provider to earn the elite status of CHAP verification," said Daniel Stephens, SVP, Center for Excellence. "The educational materials they bring to community-based healthcare providers are of the highest level, and we are proud to collaborate and partner with them. Going through the rigorous vetting process to ensure that their education meets the highest standards and lines up with CHAP's standards of excellence, shows that HCP has committed to providing excellence to the community-based providers they serve. "In addition to being the only training company to partner with CHAP, HCP is honored to have our training content verified by the CHAP Center of Excellence,Meeting their high standards proves HCP's commitment to quality training and helps the agencies we work with exceed patient care needs, meet compliance requirements, and improve outcomes across the board. It's exciting to expand our partnership with an organization equally as dedicated to providing a comprehensive care experience that surpasses client, patient, and family expectations." Linda Leekley, Chief Clinical Officer at HCP. About HCP HCP leads the home-based care industry in experience management, training, and reputation management. Through its Care Intelligence Platform, HCP empowers providers in home care, home health, and hospice to attract and retain employees during workforce shortages. HCP also conducts the annual Benchmarking Report, the most comprehensive survey of providers in North America, and administers Best of Home Care awards to agencies that achieve best-in-class satisfaction scores.  For more information, visit https://www.homecarepulse.com/.  About CHAP CHAP is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body for home and community-based health care organizations. Founded in 1965, CHAP was the first accreditation organization to recognize the need and value for accreditation in community-based care. As a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)–approved accrediting organization, CHAP has the regulatory authority to survey agencies providing home health, hospice, and home medical equipment services to determine if they meet the Medicare Conditions of Participation and DMEPOS Quality Standards. CHAP's purpose is to define and advance the highest standards of community-based care.

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