CORPORATE EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Wilson Language Training | February 15, 2022
Wilson Language Training (“Wilson”) today announced its partnership with Alpine Investors (“Alpine”), a people-driven private equity firm committed to building and supporting enduring companies. Alpine’s partnership will help to further accelerate Wilson’s vision of achieving ‘Literacy for All’ by expanding its reach to more students and educators. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Wilson Co-Founders Barbara and Edward Wilson will remain significant equity owners with ongoing leadership roles in the company, as well as members of the Wilson Board of Directors.
Founded in 1985 by Barbara and Edward Wilson with the goal of improving instruction for students with dyslexia, Wilson is a pioneer and leader in championing the science of reading and continues to empower administrators, teachers and students in pursuit of its mission. Over more than three decades, Wilson has trained nearly 300,000 educators, and certified over 25,000 teachers nationwide in the Wilson Reading System®(WRS), the company’s industry leading teacher certification program that prepares teachers to implement WRS with individuals with dyslexia who struggle to read and spell.
Demand for Wilson’s programs is accelerating significantly due to the increased national recognition of programs founded in the science of reading and the continued introduction of new state dyslexia laws across the country. Through this new partnership, Alpine will provide the support, expertise and resources to help Wilson increasingly scale its impact to meet the growing demand for its programs and professional learning services from educators and districts across the country.
“We are incredibly excited about the future of Wilson as we continue to expand our ability to reach more students, teachers and administrators in pursuit of our vision of achieving ‘Literacy for All,’” said Barbara Wilson, Co-Founder of Wilson Language Training.
“With Alpine, we are thrilled to have found a long-term partner that is not only completely aligned with our mission and conviction in structured literacy and the science of implementation, but that also has extensive experience partnering with education and founder-led companies like ours. Going forward, Alpine will provide us with the added resources, knowledge, and expertise to continue to meet the evolving needs of our customers as we extend the impact we can have across the education community,” continued Wilson.
“Barbara and Ed Wilson have built an exceptional company, and we look forward to helping them continue to advance their high-quality program pedagogy, professional learning and commitment to implementation science that have helped countless students learn to read and write over the last three decades. We have a deep respect for Wilson’s mission, vision and culture and are excited to partner together to further invest in their people, programming, professional learning, technology and COMPASS Plan delivery so that they can continue to increase the impact of their mission for students and educators.”
Dan Sanner, Founding Partner at Alpine Investors
Wilson joins Alpine’s growing portfolio of education companies, which has included but is not limited to Riverside Insights, Perennial EdTech and McKissock Learning.
For Alpine, Morrison Foerster acted as legal and debt counsel. For Wilson, Bigelow LLC served as financial advisor and Verrill acted as legal counsel.
About Wilson Language Training
For the past three decades, Wilson has advanced its vision of “Literacy for All” through multisensory structured literacy programs and professional learning backed by a commitment to the science of reading and implementation. Wilson is an expert in the field of dyslexia and a forerunner in delivering foundational skill instruction for students in K-3 general education classrooms and those beyond elementary grades who struggle to read and spell. The Wilson Reading System ® (WRS), Fundations®, and Just Words® programs build a solid foundation for beginning readers and reduce the literacy gap for struggling students, including those with dyslexia. Wilson’s certifications result in Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner and Therapist credentials, which have been awarded Accreditation Plus by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA). Nearly 300,000 educators have participated in Wilson courses and workshops, and 25,000 have earned WRS Level I Certification.
About Alpine Investors
Alpine Investors is a people-driven private equity firm that is committed to building enduring companies by working with, learning from, and developing exceptional people. Alpine specializes in investments in companies in the software and services industries. Its PeopleFirst strategy includes a CEO program which allows Alpine to bring leadership to situations where additional or new management is needed post-transaction. Alpine is currently investing out of its $2.25 billion eighth fund.
CORPORATE LEARNING SYSTEMS
Education at Work | March 14, 2022
Education at Work (EAW) and University of Phoenix have announced an agreement that creates an opportunity for University of Phoenix students and alumni to potentially be hired by EAW. The agreement also includes a tuition program for eligible EAW employees seeking degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral level. With this alliance, Education at Work employees may be eligible to receive tuition reimbursement for their degree, allowing them to continue their educational journey and pursue upskilling while maintaining their current employment and career path.
In a tight labor market, collaboration between higher education and training companies offers a strategy to enhance employee education and training opportunities to retain and grow talent.
Education at Work contracts with Fortune 300 technology, financial services, and healthcare organizations to hire students, provide them with a career-ready skill set, and help cover the cost of their education.
“Through our current university partnerships, we have proven the Education at Work experience is a differentiator for university students. Students going through the Education at Work program have higher retention and graduation rates, report higher proficiency in their career skill sets, and are more likely to land that big job post-graduation in comparison to their institutional peers,”
- Scott Blevins, senior vice president of partnerships and growth of Education at Work.
Together, EAW and University of Phoenix’s Workforce Solutions teams identified student profiles who would best fit EAW hiring needs. More than 30 University of Phoenix students have been hired through Education at Work, so far, in 2022.
“In working with the University of Phoenix we are bringing resume-worthy job opportunities to their students across the country. All of us at EAW are thrilled by the caliber of the University of Phoenix students who will surely be top performers for our client programs. We look forward to them graduating from the University of Phoenix and leveraging their EAW skill set to take the next step in their career,”
- Jaime Nunez, president of Education at Work.
The new agreement includes tuition assistance up to $5,250 per calendar year for all EAW employees and program participants. Under the tuition cap of $5,250, participating employees may take up to eight undergraduate courses or five master’s courses or three doctoral courses within a calendar year at no charge. The agreement provides additional savings as the university waives the resource fees for credit-bearing single courses, certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral courses for participating employees through program completion.
“With the labor market seeing a great need for skilled workers, we are thrilled to be working with Education at Work to offer employees and program participants the opportunity for higher education, And we are equally excited to bring career opportunities to our eligible students through our work with EAW."
-Raghu Krishnaiah, chief operating officer at University of Phoenix.
The University of Phoenix Workforce Solutions team offers companies and community colleges tailored learning and career pathways to recruit, upskill, reskill, and retain their workforce in an affordable and timely manner. Their flexible solutions are aligned to workplace needs and feature live support, career guidance and support tools, education programs, learning pathways, and credit options, including certificates, workshops, single courses, degree programs, or any combination of these tools.
About Education at Work
Education at Work’s mission is to help college students minimize student loan debt while developing career-readiness skills. EAW partners with universities to employ students in resume-worthy jobs, supporting forward-thinking companies. EAW is part of Strada Collaborative, a nonprofit organization to empower all learners. To learn more, visit educationatwork.org.
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.
ViewSonic | August 13, 2020
ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of visual solutions, announced the VP2785-2K ColorPro™ monitor and X10-4KE LED projector has won in the categories of Computer & Gaming: Monitor, and Home Theater: Projectors, in the 7th edition of the TWICE VIP Awards. The TWICE VIP Awards celebrate the best features, design, and value that new products are bringing to consumers. Voted on by the audience of TWICE, the leading voice in the Consumer Electronic industry, these accolades decipher which companies are truly delivering value.
XANEDU | December 17, 2021
Consistent with its mission to provide high-quality and affordable courseware for the K-12 and higher education markets, XanEdu, an educational products and services company, is pleased to announce the addition of NextLesson to the company portfolio.
NextLesson has engaged over 2 million students and 60,000 teachers in school districts across the country through standards–aligned K–12 projects and lessons that engage students in relevant, rigorous and real-world problem solving. NextLesson's courseware technology saves teachers time through LMS integration, targeted grading automation, question tagging, and online answer submission with standards-aligned rubrics, while delivering an engaging experience for students.
This technology complements XanEdu's strengths in creating and delivering customized content at any scale. Our experts partner with clients on each unique project to build and deliver engaging content that addresses curriculum gaps and district initiatives. For smaller scale customization, a unique platform will launch in 2022 that puts customization at educators' fingertips through a searchable, standards-aligned library of content that enables easy to build supplements to core curriculum.
"I'm thrilled to bring the capabilities and content of NextLesson into XanEdu's K-12 suite of products and services. Their mission to make learning relevant and engaging is a great fit with XanEdu's strengths in customized educational materials. The simple, easy to use courseware and teacher-developed content is a powerful extension of our ability to build customized content and make it accessible to all students via print, digital and now, simple, easy to use courseware that integrates with existing district technology."
Dave Schroeter, VP of K-12 Sales
XanEdu has been increasing student engagement and enhancing learning outcomes since 1999 by delivering innovative solutions across the education spectrum. We are committed to advancing the education tools for tomorrow through innovative products and customized content services at any scale that meet educator goals and students' evolving learning styles while maintaining our commitment to affordability and accessibility. XanEdu is a privately held company headquartered in Ann Arbor, MI.