Digital Learning in ‘Inside Higher Ed’ This Week

Among the topics: a technology boot camp focused on low-income students; Walmart expands employee education program to more fields and more institutions; boot-camp lender is sold.

June 12, 2019
 

Inside Higher Ed published several articles of potential interest to "Inside Digital Learning" readers this week. Among them:

  • Unlike some of its boot-camp peers, Codepath.org specifically focuses on creating pathways to technology jobs for low-income and minority students. The nonprofit, which is subsidized by tech companies such as Facebook, works with more than 25 colleges, including high-profile research institutions such as Virginia Tech, Texas A&M University and Purdue University, as well as smaller colleges and historically black colleges and universities.
  • Walmart has expanded its employee tuition benefits program, adding 14 degrees and certificates in technology fields such as cybersecurity, computer science and network security. The company works with Guild Education to administer the program. Guild, an intermediary and technology platform, has partnered with several nonprofit, regionally accredited universities to offer online credentials to employees of participating companies. Walmart's university partners, operating through Guild, include Southern New Hampshire University, Purdue University Global, the University of Florida, Brandman University, Wilmington University and Bellevue University.
  • Skills Fund, a private lender focused on boot camps, has announced its acquisition by Goal Structured Solutions, a large third-party student loan servicer. Skills Fund issues loans to students of boot camps it has assessed for quality, including employment outcomes. Currently, 400 programs offered by more than 70 schools are eligible for loans from Skills Fund. The company will continue to operate as a subsidiary of Goal Structured Solutions, which manages a loan portfolio valued at more than $26 billion.

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