Perspectives/IIT Math and Science Academy Calls on Chicago Companies to Meaningfully Engage with Schools to Help Close Technology and Access Gaps in Education

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today Perspectives/IIT Math and Science Academy (MSA) is calling on the Chicago business community to increase its engagement with schools to help close the inequality gap that exists in under-resourced areas. Perspectives MSA credits its readiness for the 2020-2021 remote school year to its deep, meaningful relationships with several Chicago companies that have engaged by providing employee support and financial resources.

“Our corporate supporters have embraced understanding the communities Perspectives serves, and they partner with us on solutions that have led to better mental and physical resources for students, a double-digit increase in graduation rates and reduced level of suspension,” said TyNeisha Banks, principal of Perspectives. “We urge Chicago corporations to engage with us and other under-resourced schools to, eventually, erase the inequality gap altogether.”

When COVID-19 forced schools to close in March, the challenges for students of under-resourced communities were amplified, as families lacked the resources

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Colorado Free Application Day aims to improve access to higher education, training | Colorado Springs News

All 32 public higher education institutions in Colorado will waive their application fees for in-state residents Tuesday, saving incoming freshmen and transfer students some hard-earned cash.

The Colorado Department of Higher Education’s third Colorado Free Application Day aims to improve access to higher education and training, the department said in a news release Thursday.

Students can fill out one or more admissions applications to institutions across the state, including public technical schools, community colleges and universities. The CDHE has posted on its website admissions application and fee waiver information for each college and university that will allow students to apply for free on Tuesday only.

The day caps off Colorado Applies Month, a five-week statewide program that encourages high school juniors and seniors, and adults, to select an education or training option best for them, and apply to that program, according to the release.

“Earning a certificate or degree gives

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Las Vegas-based Companies Band Together to Expand Access to Education Platform During the Pandemic

LAS VEGAS, Sept. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — WithSocrates and Context Networks, both Las Vegas-based technology companies, today announced a partnership that will expand the availability of the Socrates Learning Platform to more students.

WithSocrates is the creator of the award-winning Socrates Learning Platform, which personalizes learning for students. Socrates was created with sponsorship from the National Science Foundation. Socrates uses artificial intelligence to personalize learning for each student, adjusting in real-time to their needs across over 2000 detailed topics of knowledge. Socrates makes learning fun through 18 gamification elements, encouraging children to learn and progress more. 

Context Networks, Inc. is the world’s first omnichannel marketing system to unify high-contextualized marketing messages across all physical and digital displays, helping casinos and lottery and iGaming operators drive new revenue streams by building more direct and meaningful relationships with their customers.

The partnership between the two companies will

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New PHA initiative gives education access to the most underserved |

The Philadelphia Housing Authority(PHA) has partnered with the School District of Philadelphia, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Philadelphia and the City of Philadelphia to make sure its residents have everything they need for successful virtual learning.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Philadelphia CEO Lisabeth Marziello said this partnership allows PHA and the Boys and Girls Club to come together for a common mission.

“We both want to make sure that kids and families are getting the things that they need to be the most successful and Boys and Girls Clubs of Philadelphia have been here for over 130 years and we’ve always strived to make sure that we’re helping kids to become the most productive and caring and responsible citizens that they can be. And this is one of those opportunities,” Marziello said.

PHA Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Development and Operating Officer Lopa P. Kolluri said PHA

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Strategic Education, Inc. and Noodle Partners Unite to Provide Employers with Access to a Variety of Education and Upskilling Programs from the Nation’s Leading Universities

HERNDON, Va. & NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Strategic Education, Inc. (Strategic Education) (NASDAQ: STRA), the parent company of Strayer and Capella Universities, and Noodle Partners, which helps a growing network of colleges and universities use technology and shared services to lower costs while raising capacity and faculty-to-student engagement, announced today that they will join forces to provide employers with a seamless approach to administering tuition assistance benefits. The partnership is designed to ensure the effectiveness of such benefits and to give covered employees access to affordable, relevant education options from top public and private schools.

Using WorkforceEdge, a complete employee education management platform, employees can connect to a wide variety of online undergraduate and graduate programs in Noodle’s network of top public and private universities, and the affordable programs within Strategic Education’s portfolio, including Strayer University and Capella University. WorkforceEdge also serves as the portal for employers to administer and

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NanoString Launches Whole Transcriptome Atlas under GeoMx Technology Access Program and Names First GeoMx Premier Access Sites


NanoString Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:NSTG), a leading provider of life science tools for discovery and translational research, today announced the establishment of the GeoMx Premier Access Sites, a global service network that will provide access to the GeoMx Cancer Transcriptome Atlas and future GeoMx commercial assays. The company also announced the availability of the new GeoMx Whole Transcriptome Atlas through the Technology Access Program (TAP) for the GeoMx Digital Spatial Profiler (DSP). Together these initiatives provide expanded access to next generation sequencing readout on GeoMx DSP.


The GeoMx Premier Access Site (GPAS) partners will enable a broader user base to try the Cancer Transcriptome Atlas (CTA) and evaluate the applicability of GeoMx DSP in their research. Eight global sites have been selected and include Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, University of Minnesota, University of Pittsburgh, University Medical Center Utrecht, University of York, FynnBio and Griffith University. Each site will

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QuickStart Secures $10M to Grow Outcomes-Based Tuition Finance Program and Increase Access to Technology Education

NEW YORK, Sept. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — QuickStart Learning, Inc., an IT skills workforce readiness and certification training provider, today announced a close of $10M in growth financing to expand its Income Share Agreement program. The capital will allow QuickStart to scale access to its Web Development, Data Science, Data Analysis, Cybersecurity, and Cloud Computing bootcamp and certification programs by helping individuals achieve their professional potential through an outcomes-aligned form of education finance. 

“Demonstrating a clear return on investment differentiates QuickStart from competitors in the space. Income Share Agreements provide a definitive indicator of a high-ROI educational program, while increasing access to that program simultaneously,” said Ed Sattar, QuickStart’s CEO. 

QuickStart has partnered with Leif, the market’s full-service Income Share Agreement Management Platform, to launch and manage the program. “Leif provided the technology and expertise to quickly launch our ISA program, allowing us to focus on maintaining our

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Panel: New Mexico’s Outdoor Future Tied to Access, Education | New Mexico News

By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The key to boosting the economics of outdoor recreation in New Mexico will require educational initiatives for school children as well as improved access and a new workforce, state officials said.

State Forester Laura McCarthy, Outdoor Recreation Division Director Axie Navas and others touted the state’s potential for growing its outdoor industry during an online panel discussion Thursday. They said efforts are underway to develop what they called a cradle-to-career outdoor education plan.

McCarthy said in developing her agency’s plan for the next decade, she realized that for every strategy that was proposed, more workers were going to be needed. She said the hope is that officials can connect residents not just with outdoor experiences they might pursue with their friends and family but with careers.

“Because the need for restoration of the places that we recreate in is so

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Skills training means access to tech careers. Amid COVID-19, how are workforce dev programs adapting?

When he was 8 years old, Myles Young enjoyed taking apart his mother’s computer. Over time he’s continued to experiment and learn more about what makes them work.

When applying to join the next cohort of IT training nonprofit Tech Impact, “I told the interviewers that I wanted to be with likeminded individuals to get different ideas,” he said. “It’s always been me trying to figure out what I wanted. I want to poke other people’s minds that have the same interest as me and get what their experience is like.”

While he’s work with tech professionally before, Young hopes to receive more hands-on training at Tech Impact relative to working with computer hardware, as well as building new relationships with his peers.

Of course, he’ll also be navigating that training — and then hopefully applying that training to a career — virtually.

As we continue to navigate this

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New ASU Initiative to Accelerate Innovations in Higher Education that Expand Access and Empower Learners

TEMPE, Ariz., Sept. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — With a shifting landscape facing learners of all kinds, Arizona State University (ASU) today announced a new initiative that will accelerate the university’s efforts to redesign American higher education. The initiative is supported by the Stand Together community through financial commitments by the Charles Koch Foundation (CKF), the Morgridge Family Foundation (MFF), Michael and Beth Kasser, Ambassador Frank and Kathy Baxter, Mike and Cindy Watts, the O’Neil Family Foundation, and Gary and Claudia Phillips.

“The work advanced through this partnership will drive a culture change and the commitment to redesign and restructure higher education that we embrace at ASU and that is critical to the success of students across the country,” said ASU President Michael M. Crow, who outlines his vision for higher education in his new book, The Fifth Wave: The Evolution of American Higher Education. “The public health pandemic that

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