SILICON SLOPES, Utah, Feb. 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pluralsight, Inc., (PS), the enterprise technology learning platform, today released the first-ever Pluralsight One Impact Book through the company’s social enterprise Pluralsight One. The inaugural Pluralsight One Impact Book captures the company’s major social impact milestones over the last year, including initiatives to advance computer science education in Utah, strengthen the technology skills of students and educators, and equip nonprofits and the communities they support with the technology skills needed to solve the world’s greatest challenges.
“The last year was extremely gratifying for me personally. What started as a simple idea began to take shape, and the vision of Pluralsight One took flight to make a real impact on the world,” said Aaron Skonnard, co-founder and CEO of Pluralsight. “While much progress was made in 2018, we’ve only just begun to scratch the surface of the lasting impact we can make. Democratizing technology skills around the world to create a better future for us all is our moonshot and the work we do in the years ahead will be paramount to achieving our mission.”
Believing technology has the power to create freedom, equality and opportunity around the globe, Pluralsight co-founder and CEO Aaron Skonnard launched Pluralsight One in 2017 as a social enterprise to embed social impact into the fabric of the company and to lead the company's global social impact strategy in support of the company’s mission to democratize technology skills. Pluralsight One leads all global social investments, volunteer strategies, advances advocacy efforts around Computer Science education, and the strategy, development and ongoing management of the Pluralsight One product suite.
“2018 was an incredible year for Pluralsight One and our inaugural Pluralsight One Impact Book captures our evolution and progress toward our mission,” said Lindsey Kneuven, Chief Impact Officer at Pluralsight and Executive Director of Pluralsight One. “Capturing key milestones of the last year, it’s an expression of our gratitude and appreciation for our global community of learners, team members, authors, investors, and stakeholders who make our work possible and share in our mission to democratize technology skills for all.”
Key milestones in 2018
Global Needs Assessment: Conducted a global needs assessment of 1,000+ nonprofits to gather input and gain a deep understanding of the needs and barriers they face as well as opportunities and innovations they are seeking to achieve.
Pilot Program: Tested the findings of the needs assessment through an in-depth pilot program with more than 100 nonprofits across 16 countries to co-create a product that helps build capacity among nonprofits and develop the technology skills among their teams and their beneficiaries.
Nonprofit Product Solutions: Launched Pluralsight One’s first suite of product-based solutions designed to meet the needs of nonprofit organizations and their beneficiaries. These products help nonprofits develop skills to accelerate their impact, upskill their beneficiaries, and track the progress of all learners.
Education Product Solutions: Launched Pluralsight One’s first suite of product-based solutions for educators and students. AP computer science students learning through Code.org can now access a curated library of more than 150 courses totaling more than 500 hours of content across four major areas: IT/Ops, software development, design/creative, and product management. Curated by expert technologists and mapped to the Praxis exam and national computer science standards, educators who are members of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) can now access a course library that contains 33 courses with more than 100 hours of content covering everything from IT to UX design and front end development to Java and Python.
Code.org Partnership: Students taking Code.org’s Computer Science Principles course may work with their AP Computer Science teacher to gain free access to Pluralsight’s curated intermediate and advanced courses in software development, IT/Ops and more to continue their learning journey. The Pluralsight One Fund announced that it was providing a $1.5 million grant to Code.org over three years to deepen opportunities for girls and underrepresented minorities to access computer science education and continue their technology skills development beyond the classroom.
CSTA Partnership: Teachers who are CSTA+ members can now access free curated courses on Pluralsight’s platform to hone their skills to pass computer science certification exams as well as gain deeper knowledge of computer science concepts and programming to train the next generation of innovators.
Advancing Computer Science: Worked with leaders in business, education, government and nonprofits across Utah to make progress toward the goal that every student in the state has the opportunity to learn computer science by 2022. The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) passed a motion to form a computer science task force, Pluralsight One joined the board of the Lieutenant Governor’s Tech Pathways, Pluralsight CEO Aaron Skonnard joined the Talent Ready Utah board, Utah Governor Herbert committed $3.9 million in funding to support computer science expansion, and Pluralsight One’s CSTA+ offering was approved by USBE to count as recommended coursework for statewide computer science endorsements.
Pluralsight One is Pluralsight’s social enterprise. It is the company’s commitment to drive significant, lasting social impact by improving equal access to technology skills and investing in catalytic solutions. For more information about Pluralsight One, visit www.pluralsightone.org.
Pluralsight is an enterprise technology learning platform that delivers a unified, end-to-end learning experience for businesses across the globe. Through a subscription service, companies are empowered to move at the speed of technology, increasing proficiency, innovation and efficiency. Founded in 2004 and trusted by Fortune 500 companies, Pluralsight provides members with on-demand access to a digital ecosystem of learning tools, including Pluralsight IQ, directed learning paths, expert-authored courses, interactive labs and live mentoring. For more information, visit www.pluralsight.com.