Symplicity Acquires Orbis
Symplicity Corporation announced the acquisition of Orbis Communications, an experiential learning solution for post-secondary institutions in Canada.
A leading SaaS-based platform, Symplicity is focused on student employability, accessibility and wellness. Orbis, on the other hand, connects post-secondary institutions, companies and candidates, bringing opportunities and students together, as well as facilitating the management of experiential learning programs.
“If there is anything the post-pandemic world of work has shown, it is that it’s not just about jobs—there are endless job boards out there for students. It’s about preparing students for careers through meaningful experiences with work projects and skill development pathways based on the real needs of employers,” said Matthew Small, Symplicity President and CEO. “This acquisition will further enhance the combined company’s rapid growth, by significantly expanding our experiential learning capabilities globally so that we can help address the skill shortage at scale.”
Source: Cision PR Newswire
Conferencing – San Jacinto College
YuJa Expands Texas Presence With San Jacinto College Instructional Media Platform Agreement
Seeking a cloud-based video streaming service that could integrate with their Blackboard LMS, San Jacinto College (San Jac) selected YuJa, Inc. to provide media streaming services districtwide.
“San Jacinto College is pleased to be working with YuJa, Inc.,” said Niki Whiteside, assistant vice chancellor of instructional innovation and support. “We are always looking for exciting and innovative ways to bridge the communication gap with our students, faculty and staff. This partnership will allow San Jac to educate, engage and inspire our community as they work to meet their educational aspirations.”
Training will be offered starting in December with a transition to YuJa to take place for the 2021 winter mini session.
Source: Business Wire
Textbooks – Alamo Colleges District
Alamo Colleges District to Provide Free Textbooks for Students
Starting in the Spring of 2022, the Alamo Colleges District will be pairing up with Barnes & Nobles College to provide free textbooks for all returning and new students through a program called AlamoBOOKS+. This initiative is paid through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Grants.
“It’s too often that our students go without the textbooks they need to succeed due to financial difficulties,” said Dr. Mike Flores, Chancellor for the Alamo Colleges District. “We know through our faculty and focus group discussions with our students that many of them either go without textbooks during their studies or even have to take on an extra shift at work to cover the cost of their course materials.”