Inside American Express’s virtual mentorship program that’s helping low-income teens get into and pay for college



a close up of a person wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Alexander-Joseph Silva, 18, said the program has helped him navigate not only the college process, but the process of coming out as transgender. Alexander-Joseph Silva


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Alexander-Joseph Silva, 18, said the program has helped him navigate not only the college process, but the process of coming out as transgender. Alexander-Joseph Silva

  • American Express and a nonprofit called Strive for College have helped more than 4,000 students navigate the complicated college admissions and financial aid process through their program UStrive. 
  • The program pairs students from marginalized backgrounds with American Express employees and cardholders who volunteer as mentors. 
  • With the help of his mentor, Alexander-Joseph Silva, 18, was able to apply to college, secure financial aid, and navigate the process of coming out as transgender. 
  • American Express global president Doug Buckminster says mentorship programs are a key part of addressing inequality. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Alexander-Joseph Silva, 18, is a freshman studying computer science at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. His freshman year has been great so far. He’s

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Inside the Amex virtual mentorship program helping low-income students

  • American Express and a nonprofit called Strive for College have helped more than 4,000 students navigate the complicated college admissions and financial aid process through their program UStrive. 
  • The program pairs students from marginalized backgrounds with American Express employees and cardholders who volunteer as mentors. 
  • With the help of his mentor, Alexander-Joseph Silva, 18, was able to apply to college, secure financial aid, and navigate the process of coming out as transgender. 
  • American Express global president Doug Buckminster says mentorship programs are a key part of addressing inequality. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Alexander-Joseph Silva, 18, is a freshman studying computer science at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. His freshman year has been great so far. He’s enjoying his classes and making new friends. On top of that, he’s proud to have secured more than $30,000 in scholarships. 

It’s all a success he wasn’t sure

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Google Opens Applications For Its Digital Accelerator Program From MENA Tech Startups

Google for Startups Accelerator: MENA to consider technology startups headquartered in the MENA region which have already raised seed funding.

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Google has announced that applications for its three-month digital accelerator program, Google for Startups Accelerator: MENA, have been opened for Seed to Series A technology startups located in the MENA region.

Launched in early October as part of the Grow Stronger with Google regional program, the Google for Startups Accelerator: MENA application periond will remain open until December 31, 2020.

With an aim to bring the best of Google’s programs, products, people and technology to founder communities across the globe, the program is scheduled to be held virtually from January 2021.

A selected set of 10 to 15

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Uber Partners with Rosetta Stone to Include Language Learning in Popular Uber Rewards Program | Money

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About Cambium Learning Group, Inc. Cambium Learning® Group believes every student has great potential, teachers are mission-critical, and data, instruction and practice work together to drive performance. With a portfolio of award-winning brands, Cambium Learning Group’s digital and blended curriculum and professional learning solutions drive proficiency, equity, and other learning outcomes in classrooms everywhere. Brands include Learning A-Z® (online differentiated instruction for K-6 school reading, writing and science), ExploreLearning® (online interactive math and science simulations, a math fact fluency solution, and a K-2 science solution), Voyager Sopris Learning® (blended solutions that accelerate struggling learners to achieve in literacy and math and professional learning for teachers), Cambium Assessment (innovative state- and district-level assessment solutions), and VKidz Learning (online PreK-12 homeschool curriculum and programs for literacy and math). Cambium completed the acquisition of

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MCC Adds Computer Science Track to Honors Program

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Middlesex Community College strives to help students find their paths and reach their goals. In an effort to continue supporting student success, Middlesex is adding a Computer Science track to the college’s Commonwealth Honors Program (CHP). Participating in CHP nurtures students’ integrity, honesty, perseverance, academic achievement, intellectual curiosity and a collaborative spirit, while honing leadership, research and networking skills.

Binnur Ercem, MCC’s Director of the CHP and Professor of Sociology and Cultural Anthropology, worked with faculty from the Computer Science program to offer five seminars that are eligible for honors credit for students who qualify.

“This new and one-of-a-kind track is the first honors track in a STEM field,” Ercem said. “The track provides an opportunity for computer science majors to take honors courses and to graduate as honors scholars.”

Qualifying MCC students

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2020 HITEC Emerging Executive Program Graduates Announced

HITEC redesigned its Emerging Executive Program for 2020, creating two distinct tracks in an effort to enhance the current curriculum and expand the program’s focus on coaching and mentoring.  The program includes the Emerging Executive and Executive (E+), The Emerging Executive track is designed specifically for manager/director level executives that have mid-level management experience and are in a position to take that next step in their career towards a senior-level role while the Executive (E+) is designed specifically for senior level executives with proven management experience who are in a position to take that next step in their career towards a C-level position.

HITEC provides members with game-changing personal and professional development opportunities such as the Emerging Executive Program, in an effort to build a stronger pipeline of the next generation

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Data Gumbo Hires Enterprise Partner Program Expert as Head of Channels and Alliances

HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Data Gumbo today announced that it has hired Bruce Bain as Vice President of Channels and Alliances. In this role, Bain will build and lead a network of business partners that will aid in commercially scaling GumboNet™, the company’s massively interconnected industrial blockchain network. Bain has more than 23 years experience leading global partner programs and managing top-performing channel partners at BMC, Oracle, NetIQ and SAP.

“Bruce has a proven and extensive track record of building sales velocity and customer success through technology partnership and channel programs. We are thrilled that he will build and manage our new ecosystem to further propel customer adoption,” said Andrew Bruce, CEO of Data Gumbo. “The experience that Bruce brings to the table around enterprise technology solution delivery, SaaS customer lifecycle success, channel leadership and sales growth will be critical to expanding adoption of GumboNet, as it’s now well recognized that

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Workforce Opportunity Services Announces Launch of Apprenticeship Program Focusing on Information Technology

NEW YORK, Nov. 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Workforce Opportunity Services (WOS)- a leading non-profit organization connecting individuals from underserved populations with transformative career opportunities- recently announced the launch of its results-oriented WOS Apprenticeship Program, created by its Workforce Opportunity Services Industry Advisory Board.

This premium two-year program has been designed to provide practical learning work experience to a highly talented technology-focused college graduate pool from underrepresented communities, as well as veterans with advanced training in information technology.

By creating this Apprenticeship Program, the WOS Advisory Board establishes a commitment to work with sponsor partners in guiding a participant’s progress through mentorship and professional development. During this time, program sponsors receive high-quality candidates at a smaller budget which will increase productivity and creativity in a short period of time and for a fraction of the industry rate- thus taking away the main risks of a new hire.

A key distinction

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Apple slices commission rates in half with launch of new app developer program

Apple has announced a commission-cutting app developer program for small businesses. 

Apple announced the new scheme on Wednesday. The Cupertino, Calif.-based company generally charges up to 30% for in-app purchases made through apps hosted on the iOS App Store, and this ‘tax’ applies to both digital goods and services. 

Perhaps launched in mind of brewing legal battles surrounding the existing commission rate, Apple’s new offering, the “App Store Small Business Program,” will slice commission in half from 30% to 15%. 

“Existing developers who made up to $1 million in 2020 for all of their apps, as well as developers new to the App Store, can qualify for the program and the reduced commission,” Apple says. “If a participating developer surpasses the $1 million threshold, the standard commission rate will apply for the remainder of the year.”

See also: Apple M1: Will storage and memory limits be a problem for pros?

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Floyd teams up with Amazon for coding classes for Amazon Future Engineer Program

FLOYD, Va. (WDBJ) -Floyd County High School is now part of a program through Amazon to help train students in rural communities for careers in computer science. It’s one of about 1,600 schools across the country chosen for this two-year project.

“Really the goal from Amazon’s perspective is to grow the amount of computer programmers that are available,” said Assistant Superintendent of Instruction and Innovation Jessica Cromer.

The district pushed hard to get Floyd in the Amazon Future Engineer Program as thousands of coding jobs are unfilled and the company wants to target students in rural areas.

“Digital literacy in general is the language of the future and in order for our students to be successful in the future, we have to teach them that language,” Cromer said.

The coding program runs through a web browser instead of software, making it easier to access with classes largely online now.

“That’s

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