Postsecondary Learning

ADULT LEARNING

Learning is a life-long practice. Here's how new technology and tools are helping adults learn new skills.


Minerva Adds 24 Faculty to Growing Team
FOR THE WISER: Minerva is the Roman goddess of wisdom, and the eponymous “startup college” is adding some expert knowledge to its ranks. The Minerva Schools at KGI, the San Francisco-based company that claims its reinventing college for the digital age, signed on 24 new faculty members for the new academic year...

General Assembly Lays off 7 Percent of Staff to Focus on Enterprise Clients
A SMALLER ASSEMBLY: General Assembly has laid off 50 people, roughly 7 percent of its 765-person staff, the Wall Street Journal reports, as it refocuses its business. In 2015, The coding bootcamp raised $55 million in venture capital to start a program in which employers could provide tuition assistance to employees looking to grow their technical skills...

Plagiarized Material Found in Trump Institute Publication, Both Editor and Trump Deny Knowledge
Trump Institute—separate from Trump University—is a personal wealth seminar business run not by Donald Trump but by Irene and Mike Milin, who own 93 percent of the company. According to the New York Times, the couple has been offering similar classes since the 1980s and been dogged by government and customer complaints for just as long...

Udacity Expands to China and Launches Meetup Service for Students
SMALL DEGREE IN A BIG MARKET: Udacity expanded on two fronts on April 18. First, the company made 100 free computer science courses available at youdaxue.com to aspiring Chinese developers and providing localized support for its "nanodegree" program. In the latter program, would-be engineers earn credentials in specific areas of engineering that prepare them for software engineering and other technical jobs...

Employment Platform Skillful Goes Live in Colorado
STATEWIDE SKILL-UP: Coloradans looking for work just might be in luck this St. Patrick's Day. The state went live with Skillful, a platform to connect job-seekers with educators who can help them get training and acquire new skills. It's geared toward "middle-skill job seekers"—individuals with a high-school diploma, but not a four-year degree...

mLevel Raises $5.3 million to Train Adults
Chicago-based mLevel, a "casual learning platform" that companies can use to train employees, said it has raised $5.3 million in Series A funding from BIP Capital (part of Buckhead Investment Partners.) The company, led by CEO Dave Cutler, enables employers to create learning games and activities (often on mobile platforms) using its templates so that staff can learn specific skills...