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New Partnership with International Education Solutions Launches Pacific Prime

businesswire | January 11, 2021

Protection business Pacific Prime has declared their most recent association with International Education Solutions (IES), a supplier of inventive answers for global schools in the Asia Pacific district.

Pacific Prime has given inclusion to more than 250 worldwide schools and instructive foundations internationally, acquiring specific ability in the area and an inside and out information on its danger scene.

Neil Raymond, CEO and Founder of Pacific Prime, says: “Schools face a growing number of challenges in today’s post-pandemic world, which makes school risk management and insurance solutions a must. As such, we are very excited about working closely with IES and reaching a wider network of schools through them, as well as sharing our best practices.”

Richard Gaskell, CEO and Co-Founder at IES, says: “IES came about through our re-imagining of what international education looks like in the post-pandemic era. Education is not going to go back to the way it was before the pandemic, and we need to evolve our thinking to support schools and parents with a range of blended solutions. We are very proud to have Pacific Prime as our insurance partner.”

About Pacific Prime

Pacific Prime is an award-winning health insurance broker and employee benefits specialist. The brokerage has grown to acquire a global presence over the last two decades, offering best-value insurance products and services to its individual and corporate clients.

About IES

International Education Solutions (IES) is a provider of B2B and B2C solutions for international schools. IES is part of the Canadian International Education Organisation (CIEO) group, which operates schools in China, Hong Kong and Thailand that serve more than 20,000 students.

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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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Bloomz Wins Tech & Learning Award of Excellence - Back to School 2022

Bloomz | December 07, 2022

Tech & Learning strives to be the go-to resource to help K-12 educators and administrators use technology to enhance the student experience and drive innovative learning. Tech & Learning's publications, websites, newsletters, and virtual and in-person events provide factual and evaluative information on trends, products, and strategies to education leaders who purchase technology products in their districts and schools. Tech & Learning was back again with the Awards of Excellence: Back to School Awards. These awards were established to help readers find the most impressive products and solutions to support their work in any learning environment. This year, the parent communication app Bloomz was selected as the winning product for 2022! Bloomz is the unified parent-teacher communication app that increases parental engagement by connecting parents and teachers with one intuitive app. Bloomz handles everything from school messaging to student portfolios and text translation. Fans of Bloomz point to their comprehensive dashboard and a wide variety of tools to help teachers and administrators reach their goals. One reason for this year's award selection was Bloomz's advanced PBIS toolset, allowing admins and teachers to track, analyze and reward students' behavior in and across the school. Schools can leverage Bloomz's PBIS capabilities to increase student engagement and work ethic among students and helps parents engage in their children's education. The app was designed to enhance the school community through open communication and positive reinforcement. For this "Tech & Learning Award," Tech & Learning reviewed products that can offer schools versatility, value, and solutions to specific problems to support innovative, practical teaching and learning. From security solutions to LMSs to hardware and software, this new award recognizes both new and legacy technology that supports effective teaching and learning practices in the new school year.

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University of Phoenix Leadership Presenting at 1EdTech Digital Curriculum and App Innovation Summit

University of Phoenix | November 09, 2022

University of Phoenix announces that Eve Krahe-Billings, Ph.D., dean, Academic Innovation and Evaluation, Mary Elizabeth Smith, director, Learning Innovation Strategy, and Shelly Hodges, senior director, College Operations, are leading a session on the collaborative work of the University’s journey toward university-wide skills-aligned curriculum at the 1EdTech Digital Curriculum & App Innovation Summit held November 7-10, 2022, in Baltimore, Maryland. 1EdTech's new Digital Curriculum and App Innovation Summit is intended to showcase prime examples of how educational institutions leverage technology to make life easier for educators while also improving student learning experiences and outcomes. Krahe-Billings, Smith and Hodges will lead the session, Curriculum to Careers: Radical Collaboration in Assessment + Analytics + Design on November 9, 2022, at 8:30am EST. As University of Phoenix leadership in student learning assessment, data analytics, and learning experience design, they will detail the University’s journey toward university-wide, skills-aligned curriculum, and the steps taken to successfully vision, design, and implement a skills-aligned curriculum framework focused on career identification and development across all academic programming at the University. “University of Phoenix is a place that, knowing our students and the value they place on the practicality of education, has emerged from a pandemic period with over 85 percent of programs open for new enrollment revised, skills-tagged, and ready for use by students,I look forward to sharing how our highly collaborative process made this both possible and successful.” Krahe-Billings, Dean of Academic Innovation and Evaluation As Dean of Academic Innovation and Evaluation, Krahe-Billings' accountabilities are divided between identifying and vetting emerging trends and current best practice across higher ed for use at the university and oversight of all student learning assessment, leading teams devoted to academic and institutional assessment as well as the tech systems that ingest and aid in analysis of data. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of University Administrators and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Arizona Humanities Council. Hodges has been in higher education for over 20 years in a variety of leadership roles, spanning work within student services, product management, data analytics and operations. In her current role as Senior Director of College Operations within the University of Phoenix, she analyzes data to identify issues and develops recommendations for solutions, working closely with academic leadership to improve operations for the colleges including student experience, retention, graduation rates and progression outcomes. Smith has been involved in educational innovation for over thirty years, working in curriculum development, learning design, faculty development, faculty, and e-learning roles for four universities and several community colleges, as well as two educational software companies. 1EdTech is a worldwide member-based non-profit community partnership of educational providers, state/national departments of education, and edtech suppliers. The 1EdTech community provides collaborative leadership that shapes the foundation of an open edtech ecosystem now and into the future to enable unlimited potential in every learner. About University of Phoenix University of Phoenix is continually innovating to help working adults enhance their careers in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules, relevant courses, interactive learning, and Career Services for Life® help students more effectively pursue career and personal aspirations while balancing their busy lives

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South Texas College Replaces Disparate Ed-Tech Tools with YuJa’s All-in-One Enterprise Video Platform

YuJa | November 10, 2022

South Texas College has deployed the YuJa Enterprise Video Platform to serve its five campuses and two higher education centers located in Hidalgo and Starr counties, along with a virtual campus.Initially, the institution was seeking a solution to replace Ensemble Video, which was acquired and ended development for its educational video platform. YuJa’s Video Platform enables full-scale media management, lecture and video capture tools, course and event live streaming, in-video quizzing, video editing, captioning, and more, all while integrating with Blackboard, South Texas College’s Learning Management System. Because of the features and value YuJa’s portfolio offers, the institution has since expanded to replace VidGrid, which also is phasing out its education offering. “While migrating ed-tech tools can be a challenge, we’ve worked to streamline the process ,Institutions can consolidate tools to replace disparate systems while also creating more cohesiveness, offer more features to course designers and instructors, and provide budget-friendly costing in providing tools designed for education.” Nathan Arora, Chief Business Officer at YuJa, Inc. South Texas College is among a continuously growing number of institutions in Texas that rely on YuJa’s ed-tech tools to serve students with engaging, interactive content, including at Dallas College, University of Texas at El Paso, Lamar University, McLennan Community College, Texas Wesleyan University, Clarendon College, Vernon College, Lone Star College, Texas State University, and others. ABOUT SOUTH TEXAS COLLEGE Founded in 1993, South Texas College offers more than 127 degree and certificate options, including associate degrees in a variety of liberal art, social science, business, math, science, technology, advanced manufacturing, and allied health fields of study. Additionally, South Texas College is the only community college in the State of Texas to offer five baccalaureate degrees. South Texas College has a faculty and staff of more than 2,200 to serve the college’s five campuses, two higher education centers, and one virtual campus. 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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