TALENT DEVELOPMENT

V School Collaborates With Sustainable Startups and Meta to Provide Tech Training Scholarships for Utah Valley Women

V School | June 15, 2022

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Sustainable Startups and Meta have teamed up with V School to offer a $1 million partial scholarship and one full-ride scholarship covering V School’s UX/UI design and web development programs online. The applications for the scholarships are open through November 1st this year. The winners of the scholarship will be announced on 8th November.

"This is a truly life-altering opportunity for women in Utah Valley to break into tech and start building the lives they deserve. We are so grateful to Meta and Sustainable Startups for their commitment to closing the skills gap and for partnering with us on this cause."

- MO Reeder, V School Co-founder

V School’s pioneering programs are mastery-driven, while graduation is completed only once students land an impressive job  instead of merely completing the coursework.

According to a V School graduate, V School feels like a one-of-a-kind community where their whole goal is to get you prepared for a job and do everything in their power to make you more marketable.

You Belong in Tech Scholarship Eligibility. The You Belong in Tech Scholarship of value $21,000 value requires applicants to be women residing in Utah Valley to be eligible. They must apply by November 1, 2022.
Partial Scholarship Eligibility

In addition to the You Belong in Tech Scholarship, V School is offering $4,000 per student or $1M in partial scholarships to qualified applicants in the United States and Canada.

Spotlight

Hello everyone! Welcome back to the LMS Portals. In this video, we're happy to present the five tips for starting a corporate e-learning company. eLearning is a fast-growing market that offers a tremendous business opportunity.  The eLearning market, valued at roughly $200 billion in 2019 is expected to exceed $375 billion by 2026.  A significant segment within this market is corporate eLearning, which refers to the use of eLearning technologies for employee training and development.
The growth of the corporate eLearning market presents a significant opportunity for companies that can provide the technologies, content, and services required to run effective programs. For anyone looking to get into this highly lucrative market, this video covers five tips to consider and reviews the benefits of the LMS Portals platform for corporate eLearning companies.


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EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY

Altium, IPC Education Foundation, and Arduino Announce Student Electronics Design Competition

Altium. | August 19, 2022

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EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY

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TALENT DEVELOPMENT

Free Quantum Computing Training Course Launched by the Linux Foundation and World Bank

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Hello everyone! Welcome back to the LMS Portals. In this video, we're happy to present the five tips for starting a corporate e-learning company. eLearning is a fast-growing market that offers a tremendous business opportunity.  The eLearning market, valued at roughly $200 billion in 2019 is expected to exceed $375 billion by 2026.  A significant segment within this market is corporate eLearning, which refers to the use of eLearning technologies for employee training and development.
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