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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Nigeria: 2021 Budget – Buhari Upbeat On Economic Recovery, Raises Health, Education Allocations

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday presented the 2021 budget proposal to a joint session of the National Assembly, where he expressed hope that even though the country may be heading for another recession, there will be windows for rapid recovery.

Buhari, who addressed the joint session of federal lawmakers at about 11.23am, unveiled a budget of N13.08trillion for the 2021 fiscal year with a projected deficit of N5.20trillion. Critical sectors such as health, education and the National Assembly (NASS) got higher allocations than in previous budgets.

In the same manner, Works and Housing received higher capital votes.

The president who was accompanied by some members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) to the event, said that while the country was heading for a second recession in four years, the government has put in place plans to ensure rapid recovery in 2021.

He said that the government was working round the clock

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Social media use in distance learning raises privacy concerns

Dive Brief:

  • Connecting with students over social media raises equity and privacy concerns, The 74 reports. Though social media sites give teachers a convenient way to connect with students, children younger than 13 are prohibited from signing up for many social media platforms because they collect user data, which runs counter to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).
  • Students also may not have access to social media or they may have connectivity issues, making content streaming difficult, and the practice can also raise concerns about the potential for educator misconduct. 
  • Parents are concerned about the digital safety of students, as well, according to a report from the Center for Democracy and Technology that found 62% of parents reporting they are at least somewhat concerned about the privacy and security of data collected by schools, and only 40% saying their child’s school explained to them how it protects this information. 
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Seattle startup Skilljar raises $33M as pandemic sparks demand for its customer education software

Skilljar co-founders Sandi Lin (left) and Jason Stewart. (Skilljar Photos)

The third time really has been a charm for Sandi Lin and Jason Stewart.

The entrepreneurs began their startup journey in 2013 when the former Amazon employees launched Everpath, a Techstars Seattle company that tried to build a Yelp for online classes. They soon pivoted and began targeting independent instructors, offering them a platform to host online education.

“I call those my first two failed startups,” Lin said this week.

It was the third evolution of the original idea that really took off. Lin and Stewart saw a lot of interest from enterprise companies needing help building customer education experiences. They ultimately launched Skilljar, which has now delivered more than 10 million hours of instruction and 100 million lessons via on-demand and virtual live training programs hosted on its learning management platform.

Skilljar is set to grow even more after

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BEGiN Raises $50M From LEGO, Sesame and Gymboree to Scale Early Education Services

Researchers estimate that 85 to 90 percent of a child’s brain is developed by the age of five. But studies suggest that less than 4 percent of public education investments go to programs serving children during this critical period.

That disconnect—between the importance of those early years, and the shortage of capital available for supporting programs—was part of what drove Neal Shenoy to launch BEGiN, an early-education media company, in 2012. In other words, he says, “there’s a gap between the most important part of a child’s life, and where we spend the dollars.”

As a result, parents often chip in—to the tune of $42 billion a year, per a recent estimate from the Economic Policy Institute.

Some of that spending has likely helped grow Shenoy’s business, though right now capital isn’t a concern—thanks to a $50 million Series C investment from some of the biggest players in the children’s

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Sunstone Eduversity raises Rs 24 Crore in Series A to accelerate the adoption of industry-ready higher education in India



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Sep 30, 2020 16:50 IST

New Delhi [India], September 30 (ANI/NewsVoir): Sunstone Eduversity (owned by Sunstone Education Tech Pvt Ltd) an edtech startup offering industry-ready higher education programs with Pay after Placement, has raised Rs 24 crore in Series A funding.
The funding was led by Saama Capital, with participation from Ashish Gupta, MD – Helion Advisors, Pankaj Bansal, Co-founder & CEO – PeopleStrong. Existing investors, Prime Venture Partners, Rajul Garg and Purvi Capital also participated in the round.
The company will use the fresh capital to invest in its technology platform, hiring and curriculum. Sunstone is also planning to use the funds to strengthen its efforts in creating industry-ready professionals and building its network of colleges across multiple cities.
Sunstone takes complete accountability of a student’s career by operating on a pay after placement model. Students pay a nominal registration amount as an upfront fee and

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Vancouver-based online course education startup Thinkific raises $22M

The Thinkific team. (Thinkific Photo)

Thinkific, a Vancouver, B.C.-based online education startup, today announced a $22 million round led by Vancouver firm Rhino Ventures.

Founded in 2012, the company helps 50,000 instructors create their own online courses and teach users on topics ranging from guitar lessons to fitness classes to business coaching.

Thinkific course creators have earned more than $650 million this year alone. The startup, ranked No. 36 on the GeekWire 200, reported nearly 150% year-over-year revenue growth and plans to hire 350 people over the next 18 months. It currently employs nearly 200.

Thinkific co-founder and CEO Greg Smith said the pandemic caused a 200% increase in online courses created on the company’s platform since March.

“Even before the pandemic hit, we were witnessing significant growth, but we’ve now seen the course creation industry change forever,” he said in a statement. “A massive number of entrepreneurs are rapidly

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Puyallup teacher’s union raises PPE concerns as students return to class

Puyallup teachers will be in class to prepare on Monday in order to welcome special education students on Tuesday.

PUYALLUP, Wash — Some Puyallup teachers will be back in their classrooms Monday as they prepare for the return of special education students.

Those students will head back to the classroom Tuesday, but the union that represents the more than 1,400 teachers in the district said they have some concerns about returning students and staff to classrooms.

“We are very concerned about the (personal protective equipment), and that’s a concern that we had on Friday,” said Puyallup Education Association President Karen McNamara. “There has been some emailing back and forth this weekend.”

Teachers will be in the classroom on Monday without students, but the union wants to make sure all the pieces are in place to keep everyone safe, which includes making sure there is enough personal protective equipment.

“They’re telling

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Puyallup teacher’s union raises PPE concerns as students return class

Puyallup teachers will be in class to prepare on Monday in order to welcome Special Education students on Tuesday.

PUYALLUP, Wash — Some Puyallup teachers will be back in their classrooms Monday preparing for the return of Special Education students. 

Those students will head back to the classroom on Tuesday, but the union that represents the more than 1,400 teachers in the district said that they have some concerns about returning students and staff to classrooms.

“We are very concerned about the PPE, and that’s a concern that we had on Friday. There has been some emailing back and forth this weekend,” Puyallup Education Association President Karen McNamara explained.

On the first day, teachers will be there without students, but the union wants to make sure all the pieces are in place to keep everyone safe, which includes making sure there’s enough PPE.

“They’re telling us the cloth masks are

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