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Beta Byte is a series underwritten by Bust Out Solutions for that early stage tech found somewhere between idea and traction.

 
 
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Test prep options for professional licensure tests are too expensive and inflexible. There are many more licensed professions, but students increasingly lack resources to purchase test prep.

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Apple Brings Kids Coding Camps To Minnesota Retail Stores

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By Sarah Perez, TechCrunch

Screen Shot 2016-06-21 at 12.32.40 PM“Apple this summer is expanding its lineup of Apple Camp sessions to include a new course that teaches children the basics of coding. Aimed at children ages 8 through 12, the new 3-day session will use software from Tynker to introduce concepts of block-based coding and will allow kids to program Sphero robots. These classes will be small – capped at around a dozen attendees – and are opening to registration [MOA, Uptown, Southdale, Rosedale Center, Ridgedale] this morning alongside others in Apple’s ongoing summer camp series.

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With Recent Deals, Capella Moves Into Software Coding Skills

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By Evan Ramstad, Star Tribune

“Shortly after becoming chief executive of Hackbright Academy last November, Sharon Wienbar started getting calls from companies wanting to buy it. Most wanted Hackbright, a school in San Francisco that teaches women about software programming and engineering, to expand to include men. “Quite a few said, ‘Hey, you’ll double your business,’ ” Wienbar said. “They didn’t get it.”

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Capella Acquires Another Coding School, Utah-Based DevMountain

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“MINNEAPOLIS– Capella Education Company (NASDAQ: CPLA) today announced that DevMountain, an industry-leading coding school, has become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capella Education Company. DevMountain’s mission is to be the most accessible and impactful software coding school in the country by bringing affordability to the highest quality, hands-on education in the software coding industry. Following Capella’s recent partnership with CareerBuilder® called RightSkillSM and acquisition of Hackbright Academy, DevMountain represents a complementary platform on which to extend Capella’s leadership position in the job-ready skills market. “

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U of M Tech Transfer Reflection Sciences Is Raising $1m

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Reflection SciencesLocal edutech venture Reflection Sciences has raised $625k of a $1m funding round according to this SEC disclosure.

Cofounded in 2014 by University of Minnesota child development researchers Philip Zelazo and Stephanie Carlson (CEO), Reflection Sciences develops software to assess assess children’s executive function — such as attention, working memory, self-control, and cognitive flexibility.

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Capella Education Company Acquires Female Focused Hackbright Academy For $18m

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“MINNEAPOLIS — Capella Education Company (NASDAQ: CPLA) today announced that Hackbright Academy, the leading non-degree software engineering school for women, has become a wholly-owned, subsidiary of the Capella Education Company. The transaction was closed on April 22, 2016 for a purchase price of $18 million paid in cash at closing.

Hackbright’s mission to increase female representation in the tech workforce through education, mentorship and community is a strategic fit with Capella’s focus on providing the most direct path between learning and employment, and Capella’s historic base of largely female students. Hackbright Academy will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Capella and maintain its current headquarters and management team based in San Francisco.”

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Edmentum Cements New CEO & CFO

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“MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Edmentum, a leading provider of proven online learning solutions, headquartered in Bloomington, Minn., has named Robert J. Rueckl President and Chief Executive Officer of the company. Rueckl was appointed Interim CEO on August 28, 2015, and prior to that time served as the company’s Chief Financial Officer since January 2007.”

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