An announcement that UNMUDL will become the newest member of USC's EdVentures Accelerator, a unique accelerator focused on education innovation to enhance equitable access to learning.
SANTA FE, N.M., Oct. 14, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Today, SocialTech.AI, a public benefit corporation located in Austin, Texas, unveiled the UNMUDL work and learn marketplace. At the unveiling, USC Professor Doug Lynch announced that UNMUDL will become the newest member of USC's EdVentures Accelerator, a unique accelerator focused on education innovation to enhance equitable access to learning. Doug stated that: "given USC's commitment to both catalyzing innovations that matter and focus on women entrepreneurs, Social Tech is a logical fit. Of the many applications to the program, given both the clear competence of the team, the import of the focus and the potential of the model, Social Tech was a logical choice for EdVentures." Social Tech's flagship product, UNMUDL, is founded on a cooperative business model for working learners that will be unique to the accelerator.
The goal of SocialTech's UNMUDL is to become the one-stop marketplace for the 64.5 million working learners in the United States and the even greater number of working learners across the globe. The UNMUDL work and learn marketplace focuses on non-degree, skill-driven learning options and tools for working learners to develop skills as well as build real-world experiences to practice and prove those skills. The marketplace is co-founded by Innovate+Educate a skills-based hiring non-profit out of New Mexico that over the past decade has been developing a skills-based taxonomy and tools to fuel a skills-driven ecosystem. Founding partners include the National Institute for Student and Organizational Development (NISOD.org), an organization service community and technical colleges across the U.S. and an initial five founding community colleges. Key to UNMUDL will be ensuring real-world experiences with business and industry. Todd McCracken, President of the National Small Business Association in Washington, DC stated, "So many of our members are elevating workforce and finding talent as an area of critical importance to them. Small businesses many times don't have talent management functions and need access to tools and technologies that will streamline their talent hiring and management. I look forward to working with Dr. Jassal and her team to collaborate with UNMUDL to benefit our members in their training and hiring needs."
Expert advisors include: Dr. Nicole Smith, who serves as the Chief Economist for the Center for Workforce and Education at Georgetown University; Peter Callstrom, CEO of San Diego Workforce Partnership; Maria Harper-Marinick Chancellor of the Maricopa Community College District; Kevin Clark, Principal of Content Evolution, Gordon Freedman, President of the National Laboratory for Education Transformation; Lovely Dillon, co-editor of Visionary Evaluation and CEO of JoDevi Consulting; and Chris McKinzie, CEO of Enlyton.
At the heart of the marketplace are community college skill-development offerings from Bellevue College, Bellevue, WA; Central New Mexico Community College - CNM Ingenuity, Albuquerque, NM; GateWay Community College, Phoenix, AZ; Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ; and San Juan College, Farmington, NM. Pima Community College's Chancellor Lee Lambert is chairing the UNMUDL Community College Council leading community colleges into the future.
Social Tech is led by CEO Dr. Parminder K. Jassal, founder of the Work+Learn Futures Lab at the Institute for the Future, and President Jamai Blivin, founder of Innovate+Educate. "With the world's greatest challenge being an inequitable future, it was important for us to try a more sustainable and equitable business model to help ensure that the majority prosper. Starting Memorial Day, the Unmudl Work + Learn Marketplace will help community colleges meet the future now, and working learners harness their futures."