Innovators in Action
Every thriving ecosystem is made of interconnected elements that support each other and evolve together. Learner-centered ecosystems are no different. As new solutions for connecting education and work emerge around the country, they propel workers and learners to better opportunities. Meet the innovators behind the solutions.
Assess and learn human skills — in just 10 minutes a day. GLEAC, designed by SallyAnn Della Casa, collaborates with schools, businesses, and governments to provide custom, artificial-intelligence-driven training in skills like persuasiveness, thinking on your feet, and creativity.
Climb Hire creates new pathways for hidden talent from historically overlooked communities to obtain highly-coveted tech jobs. The program, led by CEO and founder Nitzan Pelman, combines targeted training and hands-on practice with a special focus on building professional skills like networking.
Launching a career in software engineering takes more than skills. With Code Nation, led by CEO Becca Novak, high school students build their confidence and social capital by learning from mentors in the industry.
Through a rigorous program in technology and leadership skills, i.c. stars prepares its graduates for competitive careers. But the support doesn’t end when the new job begins. The program, led by co-founder and CEO Sandee Kastrul, also provides two years of continued coaching to ensure grads’ long-term success.
SV Academy prepares program grads to break into the technology industry. But the program doesn’t just serve learners. Co-founder Rahim Fazal designed SV Academy with employers’ needs in mind, which has been key to the organization’s success.
Internships are a gateway to promising careers, but they can be tough to squeeze into a schedule already packed with classes, work, and other responsibilities. The University of Cincinnati Co-op combines learning and work, and, as program leaders Gigi Escoe and Helen Chen explain, is fueling better academic and career outcomes.