McKissock LLC | November 22, 2022
McKissock Learning, the leading national provider of online education for real estate appraisers, today announced its commitment to launch a Practical Applications of Real Estate Appraiser (PAREA) Experience Program to support the diversification and growth of the appraisal profession.
“As a leading appraisal education provider, we know firsthand how difficult it can be for aspiring appraisers to find a supervisor and realize their dream, We believe this is a great opportunity to demonstrate our dedication to the profession with a critical initiative to ultimately contribute to a more diverse and expanded appraiser community.”
Kevin Hecht, Appraisal Training and Development Manager at McKissock Learning.
Slated to launch in the fall of 2023, the McKissock PAREA Experience Program combines technology-based training with real-world field experience and will allow participants to qualify for up to 100 percent of the experience hours required to sit for an appraisal exam in participating states. McKissock’s PAREA Experience Program is made intentionally for people who complete the required education only to find they cannot move forward in their goal of becoming licensed appraisers because they can’t find a supervisor,” said Alan Hummel, Principal at The Hummel Group and certified appraiser for 35 years. “It is a powerful instrument to diversify and expand the profession. Consistent with The Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB) policies, McKissock’s PAREA program will allow participants to apply appraisal concepts and general principles to real-life situations, problems, and activities. Participants can access training modules, simulations, and assignments through McKissock’s dynamic learning platform, allowing for mentor-led and self-study activities. In addition to simulated learning experiences, McKissock will also require students to complete real-life personal experience activities in their local markets, such as inspecting properties in their area and verifying information with local stakeholders such as realtors, contractors, and lenders. Participants will be expected to author and produce appraisal reports on various property types, each of which must pass a mentor’s review and be fully compliant with USPAP standards. Our mission at McKissock Learning is to support the advancement, diversification, and growth of the real estate appraisal profession. We are committed to providing PAREA participants with quality training and practical experiences to enable them to become licensed and successful appraisers,” said Renee Altier, President of Valuation and Property Services, Colibri Group, the parent company of McKissock Learning.
About McKissock Learning
McKissock Learning is a top national provider of education for licensed real estate property appraisers, agents, brokers, home inspectors, land surveyors, and professional engineers. For more than 30 years, McKissock has provided appraisal qualifying and continuing education, as well as professional development courses to support appraisers through all stages of their careers. McKissock Learning is part of Colibri Group, which provides learning solutions to licensed professionals who strive to be among the best in their fields.
Cornerstone | October 20, 2022
Cornerstone OnDemand, Inc., a leader in talent experience solutions, today announced the release of its new Talent Experience Platform (TXP) designed to help talent leaders unlock the limitless potential of their workforce and streamline the way they do it. The Cornerstone TXP unites the company’s expanded portfolio of growth-centric learning and talent solutions with human-centered experiences, deep talent intelligence, and an open and agile architecture. Talent leaders can use solutions across the Cornerstone TXP to create inspiring and aligned growth opportunities for their people, while optimizing decision-making and improving agility for their organizations.
The Cornerstone TXP is designed to deliver on four key elements critical to people, talent and business transformation:
Holistic people growth experience – a personalized, end-to-end experience for users that seamlessly connects development (learning, content, and skill building) to new growth opportunities (marketplace of careers, communities of practice, mentors), ensuring alignment between talent strategy and business outcomes; while meeting the engagement and empowerment expectations of their people
Intelligent tech fabric – an AI-powered engine that collects, analyzes, and surfaces skills, content, and people data to help leaders manage talent pools, visualize skills, match supply and demand, map skills to performance and intelligently elevate content curation and management
Best-in-class learning and talent management – continued innovation and enhancement of the company’s foundational management systems, delivering the advanced capabilities that learning and talent leaders need to efficiently enable compliance, align business processes and maximize agility
Future-proof architecture – a friendly, flexible, open architecture designed for cross-portfolio integration and seamless connectivity to HR and business applications across the ecosystem – from productivity tools to back-office ERP systems – to give our customers the optionality of best-of-breed capabilities
“In today’s tumultuous macro climate, companies are scrambling to retain, reskill, and remobilize their employees to meet new demands for growth and transformation on an ever-evolving and increasingly competitive playing field,We believe we’re at an inflection point and the traditional HR technology landscape is ripe for reinvention. With Cornerstone’s new Talent Experience Platform, we’ve created a whole new blueprint for the way talent leaders can champion transformation in their organizations and inspire their people to grow and thrive in harmony with business objectives.”
Himanshu Palsule, CEO, Cornerstone
Cornerstone’s TXP is available now, with roadmap offerings in early 2023 to include:
Opportunity Marketplace – an innovation built on the foundation of EdCast, and leveraging Cornerstone’s historic expertise in skills, recruitment marketing and candidate engagement, the Cornerstone Opportunity Marketplace extends the learning, performance and development experience by connecting career growth and mobility opportunities to employees. This talent marketplace offers the most holistic development and growth experience for people while giving talent leaders the ability to tightly connect their learning initiatives to broader skilling and growth initiatives. With a structured approach to acquiring skills, exploring careers, engaging in gigs and job rotations, and connecting with mentors and experts, employees will be able to visualize and build a flexible path for a fulfilling career inside their organizations. Personalized career opportunities based on employees' skills and aspirations are presented to help them make their next move and continue their professional growth. Opportunity Marketplace also enables organizations to create innovative talent sourcing models that effectively address skills and labor shortages. Opportunity Marketplace will be available for limited beta in Q4 2022 and will be generally available in Q1 2023.
Content Studio – Cornerstone’s Content business will be expanding its portfolio with the release of Cornerstone Content Studio, a solution that will enable both learning and business leaders to improve the way they discover, curate and deliver content to their people. Content Studio is designed to improve content discovery, match content to people’s preferences and skills initiatives, elevate content analytics and streamline content management. Cornerstone Content Studio will be available to all customers and is designed to work with content from anywhere.
Skills Innovations – Keeping up with its approach to an open ecosystem, the company will be opening up its proprietary skills data to create the industry’s first open skill ontology. Customers will be able to establish an organization-wide skills ontology so they can utilize and extend it without being beholden to other skills ontologies offered in the market. Additionally, Cornerstone will be launching Cornerstone Skills Studio, a new product that builds on the technology foundation of the Cornerstone Skills Graph and EdCast’s SkillsDNA. This new product will enable talent leaders to better understand their people with tools that help analyze current skills, identify skill gaps, create development goals, and understand how employee skills trend over time. Cornerstone Skills Studio will also feature a new capability called the People Matrix to help organizations define critical skills for every role and visually identify qualified talent across their business (currently in beta and launching to all customers in early 2023).
The announcement comes as significant economic, geopolitical and social events converge to accelerate the global transformation and modernization of the workplace. Amid this shift, demand has grown for new technologies that can help business leaders engage an increasingly diverse and demanding workforce, close critical skill gaps, retain top talent, improve organizational agility and elevate people and talent decision-making. Cornerstone’s Talent Experience Platform transcends conventional thinking about the way we learn, grow and leverage technology at work. It's a groundbreaking concept that will help our customers future-proof their organizations, said Karthik Suri, Chief Product Officer, Cornerstone. “Our TXP is built on the vast talent and industry expertise we have here at Cornerstone and draws on the technological strength of our entire portfolio, including the foundational strength and depth of Cornerstone, Saba and SumTotal, the experiential focus and data-centricity of EdCast, and the aspirational thinking of the entire team around open architectural design, deep insights responsibly mined from our vast data set and the power of AI.
Cornerstone powers the future-ready workforce with a next generation talent experience platform designed to unite technology, data and content and inspire a work environment of growth, agility and success for all. With an AI-powered, skills-forward, experiential platform, built on an open architecture designed for neutrality and scale, we help organizations modernize their learning and development experience, deliver the most relevant content from anywhere, accelerate talent and career mobility and establish skills as the universal language of growth and success across their business. Cornerstone serves over 7,000 customers and 100 million users and is available in 180 countries and 50 languages.
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.
Indiana Wesleyan University | October 10, 2022
Leadership In Flight Training (LIFT) Academy, one of the largest and most innovative flight training schools in the United States, announced today a partnership with Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) to create two new education paths for aspiring commercial airline pilots. Starting this November, students will be able to combine LIFT’s nationally recognized flight training with IWU’s strong academic curriculum to earn two- and four-year degrees while also obtaining their commercial pilot’s license while also completing flight training at LIFT. Graduates of the program can move directly from their studies to a defined pathway to the flight deck of a Republic Airways Embraer aircraft. We are truly thrilled to be partnering with IWU on this initiative,” said Ed Bagden, LIFT’s Director of Operations and Academic Programs. “IWU shares our passion for learning and for creating curricula that instills strong values and lifelong skills. Students enrolling in either of these programs will emerge with an associate or bachelor’s degree as well as the experience and training to become a commercial airline pilot.
“Partnering with LIFT makes sense,This partnership empowers students to pursue both academic and flight instruction in a strong, supportive and cost-effective learning environment. LIFT has created an effective flight training curriculum; the data show that graduates of its programs outperform their peers in the classroom and on the flight deck. Plus, LIFT’s ties to its parent, Republic Airways, results in a smooth and integrated pathway from the classroom to the right seat of one of the most advanced commercial aircraft in the world.”
Andy Miller, IWU’s Vice President for Innovation and Partnerships
Under the program’s terms, students can earn their associate and bachelor’s degrees online from regionally accredited IWU, while simultaneously working toward their commercial pilot’s license and other FAA ratings. Flight training occurs early in both programs so students can build flight hours and experience while they finish their degree. The associate-level professional pilot program is a two-year program designed to let students pursue professional pilot jobs and other careers in the aviation industry. The bachelor’s program takes approximately four years to complete and provides students with an undergraduate degree in aviation management. At the end of either program, students will graduate with:
An FAA-issued private pilot certificate
An FAA-issued instrument rating
An FAA-issued commercial certificate
An associate or bachelor’s degree from IWU
LIFT’s training fleet is one of the largest and newest in the flight training environment. Students operate an efficient, lead-free fleet of Diamond DA40-NG single-engine aircraft and Diamond DA42-VI twin-engine aircraft with advanced Garmin G1000 avionics throughout each flight hour of their training curriculum. Flight training from zero experience through all ratings necessary for the airlines can be completed through the Republic Airways Career Pathway Program. LIFT is the only flight training program that has a curriculum built specifically around procedures at its related regional airline, Republic Airways. As a result, students receive the highest quality instruction using state-of-the-art technology and aircraft from day one in the program. Once students have reached the FAA-required flight hours through time-building, they will have a defined pathway to a pilot position at Republic.
About LIFT Academy
Leadership In Flight Training (LIFT) Academy is a U.S.-based commercial aviation pilot training school owned by Republic Airways. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, LIFT revolutionizes commercial aviation training, utilizing state-of-the-art, eco-friendly training technologies and systems to educate future aviators. Students receive instruction from experienced pilots, under FAA and industry standards, with the most advanced equipment and curriculum that combines flight, flight simulator, online and in-classroom training.LIFT Academy students train on a fleet of advanced new aircraft and flight simulators produced by Diamond Aircraft Industries, including the DA40 single-engine, the DA42 twin-engine aircraft and the DA20 single-engine, as well as Diamond Flight Simulation Training Devices built to achieve the most realistic cockpit simulation environment. LIFT offers its graduates a defined pathway to a pilot career at Republic Airways.
About Indiana Wesleyan University
Indiana Wesleyan University celebrates 100 years as a Christian, global, comprehensive university providing liberal arts and professional education to approximately 10,000 students worldwide. IWU is one of the largest faith-based universities in America with rich undergraduate, graduate, master's, and doctoral programs in such highly acclaimed academic units as the School of Nursing, School of Physical and Applied Sciences, College of Adult, and Professional Studies, and School of Arts and Humanities. An early leader in adult and online education, IWU is known for excellence in innovation. Students live and learn on the beautiful 350-acre IWU-Marion traditional campus and study through IWU-National & Global programs offered online and at education centers in Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University, founded by the Wesleyan Church denomination and IWU, prepares Christian leaders to engage in missional ministry locally and globally. Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. It is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. For more information, visit indwes.edu.