Podium Education Raises $12M to Help Colleges Offer For-Credit Tech Programs

With the labor market and college campuses reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic, the arrival of new online learning platforms teaching in-demand tech skills to undergraduates comes at a fortuitous time.

That’s the case for the builders of these tools as well, like Podium Education . Since launching at the start of 2020, the Austin, Texas-based startup has partnered with over 20 colleges and more than 1,000 students. And announced $ 12 million in Series A funding.

Podium’s premise is simple: offer online classes, with sophisticated design and production, taught by leading experts in technology fields that are attractive to companies hiring in the modern jobs market. It aims to equip all students, regardless of academic focus, with digital competencies.

“We believe that soft skills plus hard skills create the talents that the workplace demands,” said Brooks Morgan, Podium Education co-founder and CEO. “Whatever your passion is, whatever it is that

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People in Business: Bruce Dixon named chief executive officer of the Tech Foundry

Springfield – The Tech Foundry, a nonprofit whose mission it is to support the region’s growing need for a qualified technology workforce and elevate underrepresented groups into sustainable careers in information technology, has named Bruce Dixon as their new chief executive officer. Dixon will work alongside an 11-member board, lead a five-member staff, and drive strategic business partnerships and curriculum development to propel the already thriving organization forward.

Founded in 2014, the Tech Foundry has offered internships, networking opportunities and instruction to traditionally low-income, underserved populations, preparing graduates for entry-level IT workforce in the Pioneer Valley. These programs are offered free of charge to participants through generous donations from area businesses and members of the local community.

Dixon previously served as the chief executive officer of the Connecticut Pre-Engineering Program, a social venture that inspires and prepares underrepresented students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It’s this

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GeekWire Summit Preview: A glimpse of the future of tech, health, education, jobs and more

Our signature technology conference, the GeekWire Summit, kicks off next week. Now in its ninth year, this annual event is known for offering a glimpse of the future through the eyes of leaders in technology, science and business, and in these challenging and uncertain times, this annual tradition has never been more important.

You may have seen the news that Bill Gates has joined the lineup for an hour-long interview on Oct. 15. But the Microsoft co-founder and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation co-chair is just one element of a larger lineup. In this post and special episode of the GeekWire Podcast, my colleague John Cook and I offer a sneak preview of what’s in store.

The GeekWire Summit will be held virtually over three weeks, from Oct. 13 to 29, with sessions taking place twice weekly, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from late morning to early afternoon. The full content

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The Tech Dilemma: unfilled jobs, few workers, lack of confidence in STEM education

As companies grow and become more valuable, they’re able to hire and invest in new products and technologies. But they need skilled workers to grow.

This is the Tech Dilemma: Too many jobs, not enough workers. Not exactly what you’d expect with the country walking a pandemic tightrope with over 8.4% unemployment (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics).

For instance, many of the FAANGs, or five of the most prominent American tech companies – Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Alphabet (formerly known as Google) – are collectively adding employees to handle the influx of demand attributed to eCommerce.

Amazon recently announced that they are ramping up investments in corporate and tech jobs, looking to hire 33,000 new employees with annual compensation packages at $150,000, according to CNN Business. And Netflix founder and co-chief executive officer Reed Hastings said the company has been and will keep hiring through the uncertainty of

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iD Tech is Revolutionizing STEM Learning with Fun, Personalized Online Math Lessons

The best-in-class tech education company revolutionized summer back in 1999 by blending fun STEM learning with the traditional camp experience, and then again by bringing that entire experience online when COVID arrived.

Both the in-person and virtual programs have been tremendously successful given the desire for quality STEM education, yes, but also because the programs are built around student interests in order to maximize inspiration and engagement.

Today presents a new challenge. With in-person school attendance being pushed back for a number of districts, and knowing that even when kids do return to the classroom the new learning environment will take some getting used to, it’s anyone’s guess as to how long it will be before student life is once again “normal.”

This prolonged uncertainty and disruption is requiring kids and teens to adapt to new learning scenarios, which means valuable knowledge might be left vulnerable, and important skills potentially

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iD Tech is Revolutionizing STEM Learning with Fun, Personalized Online Math Lessons | News

CAMPBELL, Calif., Oct. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — iD Tech, the global leader in STEM education, has launched online math tutoring as part of their popular Online Private Lessons—live, one-on-one remote instruction customized to students’ interests, skill levels, and goals. Sessions are led by subject-matter experts – who serve as mentors as much as they do teachers – and are being rolled out to meet the growing need for new and dynamic learning experiences that are also relevant and personal in nature.

The best-in-class tech education company revolutionized summer back in 1999 by blending fun STEM learning with the traditional camp experience, and then again by bringing that entire experience online when COVID arrived.

Both the in-person and virtual programs have been tremendously successful given the desire for quality STEM education, yes, but also because the programs are built around student interests in order to maximize inspiration and engagement.

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Bharti Foundation in talks with potential partners for tech support across education initiatives



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Bharti Foundation on Friday said it is in talks with potential partners for technological support across its education initiatives, as the philanthropic arm of Bharti Enterprises looks to bring in new tech tools to aid students in learning amid pandemic, over the coming months.

Bharti Foundation Chief Executive Officer Mamta Saikia said focus in the next few months to a year will be on strengthening content, including online digital repository, bringing smart TV-based teaching into classrooms (for which plans are underway), and further streamlining virtual pedagogy and processes.

Established in 2000, Bharti Foundation implements and supports programmes in primary, secondary and higher education as well as sanitation. The flagship Satya Bharti School Program provides free quality education to thousands of underprivileged children in rural India across six states, with a focus on the girl child.

The impact of quality education has been scaled up by

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Online learning challenges: Inaccessibility to tech and academic dishonesty

A new survey from Manifest shows that learning tools and apps could help alleviate remote learning concerns for US high school and college students.

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Without a national, or even regional mandate regarding remote, in-person, or hybrid e-learning for US high school and university students, the fall semester has left many students and parents confused. Some schools returned to fully in-person classes (which hasn’t gone entirely well for some, such as New York’s Albert Magnus High School, which began in-person orientation two-days before the school’s Sept. 10 opening, only to unceremoniously go remote that day when COVID-19 came to campus). 

Last spring the coronavirus pandemic pushed schools to quickly shut their doors and shift to online. Globally, 95% of schools were closed. But despite current news reports of the opening and closing of schools, a new survey from Manifest revealed that 62% of US students are studying online

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School spend on remote learning tech growing exponentially

An extensive market intelligence report details what kind of distance learning technology academic institutions are buying as well as activity from major ed tech providers.

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Academic institutions—both K12 and higher ed—account for the fastest growth and the largest market share in an analysis of remote learning technologies and how they’re used by enterprises, academic institutions, government organizations and individual users.

Conducted by Future Market Insights, the study forecasts the market for remote learning technology to have a compound annual growth rate of 14.7% between 2020 and 2030. Remote Learning Technology Spending Market, the related report, provides perspective on how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the purchasing of software and services and what companies are investing heavily in these areas.

The growth of remote learning has promoted the adoption of technologies that provide learning materials online and those that mimic classroom environments. Advancements in web

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New Education Policy must focus on greater marketable skill formation for tech vertical



Therefore, India's technology vertical has a stake in how the NEP 2020 will shape both the future of learning and the quality of human capital that it needs.


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Therefore, India’s technology vertical has a stake in how the NEP 2020 will shape both the future of learning and the quality of human capital that it needs.

By Sandeep Goel

The launch of the New Education Policy amidst the COVID19 pandemic brings the strategic interdependence between learning and technology to the forefront. Like other verticals that the pandemic has impacted, education also needs to embrace digital transformation. The COVID19 crisis has amply demonstrated the kind of resilience that digital readiness can provide to the economy by enabling stakeholders to stay connected. In the long run, technological progress will continue to be the most significant enabler of economic growth. Therefore, India’s technology vertical has a stake in how the NEP 2020 will shape both the future of learning and the quality of human capital that it needs. The NEP 2020 must prioritize the following

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