Giving Compass’ Take:
· Facebook will partner with 20 community colleges come the end of 2018 in order to provide education opportunities and skills in digital-literacy for small-business leaders. According to EdSurge, these partnerships are part of a larger trend of companies in Silicon Valley to shape curriculum around their products and develop the workforce.
· Why are tech companies, like Facebook, investing in workforce development? And how will that influence the way nonprofits approach this space?
· Facebook is not only partnering with schools to further higher education, the social platform plays a role in education itself. Learn how students and educators use Facebook in school.
Facebook is teaming up with community colleges as part of a nationwide effort to teach digital-literacy skills to small-business leaders and others in cities.
This week the company announced that it will add 17 more community colleges as partners by the end of 2018, for a total of 20 partnerships. An example of an already existing community college partnership is with Central New Mexico Community College, where Facebook has been working on a new Digital Marketing Certificate program, and has offered 32 scholarships for students to attend the institution’s “Deep Dive Coding Bootcamps.”
Facebook has announced that it has added Bunker Hill Community College and Roxbury Community College as partners, both in Boston. Facebook has not yet decided the nature of those partnerships. Parisa Zagat, policy programs manager at Facebook, says the partnerships will involve working with the community colleges’ current offerings and resources to add content from Facebook. The social network is also working with another company, Entangled Solutions, to establish the partnerships and work with the institutions to create curriculum. Facebook has yet to select the remaining new colleges for the program.
Read the full article about Facebook’s higher ed push by Tina Nazerian at EdSurge.
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