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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DC charters offer innovations in pandemic-era education

WASHINGTON (AP) — Returning to school in the nation’s capital during the pandemic has proven to be an ongoing experiment in learning — and not just for students.

Tall, three-sided partitions were set up at Meridian Charter School to protect students against COVID-19 — until administrators learned that the enclosures wouldn’t do much to prevent spread of the virus. Now the cardboard is optional, but more than half of the students still use them as personalized organizers — taping up calendars, decorations and schedules.

“It’s all a learning experience, and it’s all playing out in real time,” said Matt McCrea, Meridian’s head of school.

While most of Washington’s 52,000 public school kids are dealing with computer screens and Zoom rooms in a remote learning environment, about a dozen charter schools have essentially chosen to become medical-educational experiments, offering in-person instruction for select groups of students.

Smaller and more nimble than

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Halls of Learning to offer online STEM courses

HALLS of Learning Jamaica (HOL) has announced that, starting this school year, it will be facilitating a variety of online courses in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to help supplement in-school learning while providing Jamaican students with useful skills and exposing them to opportunities within these fields.

The education services company is utilising online resources and events from technology giants Amazon and IBM to give students access to global opportunities.

“We are leveraging existing learning platforms that teach skill sets beyond our face-to-face courses and for an older demographic,” said Marvin Hall, founder of Halls of Learning.

The online courses on offer include: robotics, computer science, coding, math, reading, and typing for primary and secondary level students.

One course, AP Computer Science Principles, for eleventh and twelfth grade students will provide college credits for universities in North America, if completed successfully.

This course, along with another, Introduction to

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UTSA’s growing online degree programs offer students flexibility | UTSA Today | UTSA

UTSA’s growing online degree programs offer students flexibility

OCTOBER 9, 2020 — UTSA continues to see growth in its online degree programs. Currently there are 340 students enrolled in these fully online degree programs, which is an increase of 66% over last year’s enrollment. Growth is expected to continue in the spring, when a new degree program will be added.

The COVID-19 pandemic’s current disruption of education around the world demonstrates the value that comes from the flexibility of online courses.

“The pandemic has shined a blinding light on the need for online courses and the fact that online courses can be taught at the level of traditional courses,” said Suzana Diaz Rosencrans, assistant vice provost for online programs. “You don’t have to sacrifice quality to do that. I see the pandemic accelerating the timeline of online degrees offered.”

Not to be confused with the high percentage of courses currently being offered online at UTSA in response to

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Huntington Learning Center Partners With Fortune 500 Companies to Offer Education Support to Employees’ Families

ORADELL, N.J., Oct. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Huntington Learning Center has announced that it will partner with Fortune 500 companies nationwide to provide in-person and virtual academic programs including the recently launched study hall, tutoring and test prep programs, homework help, and academic performance coach program to their employees’ families. This expanded business-to-business offering will allow companies to tap into Huntington’s proven learning methods and provide much-needed support to their employees, many of whom are struggling to manage a full-time workload with family obligations.

“Huntington Learning Center is a family-founded, family-run, and family-focused company. Since the onset of the pandemic, we’ve heard from thousands of parents that they need more resources, and we, like the Fortune 500 companies we’re partnering with, are rising to the occasion to help meet that demand,” said Anne Huntington, President of Huntington Learning Center. “With approximately 300 locations across the nation, we’re uniquely

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Meet Jyla and Citlali: kindergartener and high school senior offer lens into online learning

When the coronavirus pandemic shuttered schools last spring, teachers and families braced for a brief interruption of a few weeks.

Instead, the abrupt and often stumbling shift to virtual learning bled from one school year to the next. For half a year, students have entered classrooms through computer screens and connected with schoolmates on video conferences, while teachers improvised online lessons.

Schools scrambled to reimagine education for an era of quarantine, and entered the fall semester better prepared to stream math, science and reading lessons into millions of homes. Despite those ubiquitous live feeds, it’s unclear how well students are learning.

Are online lessons capturing their attention, or leaving their eyes glazed-over from long hours of screen-time? Do they understand teachers’ instructions, and know how to pose questions if they don’t? Do younger students and those with disabilities risk falling behind developmentally? And are those nearing graduation destined for uncertain

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Ministers to offer ‘free college courses and digital boot camps’ in post pandemic jobs plan

Digital ‘boot camps’ will be offered to help people retrain and reskill after the economic fall-out of the coronavirus crisis, Boris Johnson is set to announce Tuesday.

The courses will be extended to sectors like construction and engineering next year.

Adults without an A-Level or equivalent qualification will be offered a free, fully-funded college course from April – and can study at a time and location that suits them.

Higher education loans will also be made more flexible, allowing adults and young people to space out study across their lifetime. There will also be more apprenticeships, especially in technical areas.

Mr Johnson is planning to say: “As the Chancellor has said, we cannot, alas, save every job.

“What we can do is give people the skills to find and create new and better jobs.

“So my message today is that at every stage of your life, this Government will help

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Shoreline Adult Ed to Offer Virtual Retirement Planning Classes

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(North Branford, CT)- You’ve worked hard over a lifetime for your money. Do you know if it’s protected? Shoreline Adult Education is offering 9 courses to help seniors and their families plan for retirement. All virtual workshops are under $50 and taught by local experts. Technical assistance is available for those who need it. Browse the class listing below. To register, follow the links or call call (203) 488-5693 or email Cara at [email protected]

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Howard University to Offer Criminal Justice Course to High School Students in Pilot Program of the National Education Equity Lab

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Howard University has joined forces with the National Education Equity Lab (Ed Equity Lab) to inspire and inform New York City youth who will participate in a Howard University credit-bearing course on criminal justice. The course will be offered to 100 eleventh and twelfth graders in five NYC Title 1 underserved high schools, which begins this week.

Howard University President Wayne A. I. Frederick praised the effort as necessary during this moment in history.

Howard University is proud to collaborate with other colleges and universities committed to advance educational and racial justice for the countless talented students in historically underserved high schools throughout our nation,” said President Frederick.  “There’s never been a more important moment for colleges and universities to boldly step up to advance opportunity equity than now.”

The first Howard course is “Introduction to Criminal Justice,” taught by the popular

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Education Opens Doors: A teacher and her daughter offer their own proof program works

“The evidence is clear. Our kids thrive after using this,” said DISD teacher Taylor Gnikpingo about the Education Opens Doors program and curriculum.

DALLAS — Teachers in Dallas Independent School District say the proof is in the pudding when it comes to a successful college preparatory guidebook. And for at least one teacher, that proof includes her own successful daughter.

Tamala Gnikpingo is in her 26th year as an educator at Dallas ISD. This year, she returns to the 8th-grade classroom at Stockard Middle School, teaching U.S. history.

“I love 8th grade,” she said. “It’s just a fun, magical age where the kids are so willing to explore and discuss and really start to look at their future.”

But what else she loves is the fact that her students, starting as early as the 8th grade, have a proven road map to chase that future.

It’s a book and a

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