Edutech Collaborative TIES Is Winding Down Operations

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By Frederick Melo, St. Paul Pioneer Press

“A 50-year-old technology collaborative that trains K-12 teachers and school staff is selling its two buildings at the corner of Snelling and Larpenteur avenues in Falcon Heights, near the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.

More than 45 member school districts associated with Technology and Information Education Services, or TIES, voted in January to end their ownership of the organization, citing competitive pressure from other education-technology groups.”

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Local Startup Kaleidoscope Creates Scholarship Platform For Students And Brands

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By Anne Field , Forbes Contributor

“Struggling to make ends meet after his father was diagnosed with ALS, Greg Dehn’s family couldn’t afford to pay for his college tuition. So he applied to over 100 scholarship programs, eventually landing eight different ones that allowed him to attend and graduate from Colorado College in 1998. He later got an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Last year, Dehn started a company to return the favor. Called Kaleidoscope Group, the Minneapolis-based startup has a platform on which students can find and apply for private scholarships offered by companies and other organizations.”

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A Deep Dive With Reflecton Sciences New CEO Shelstad

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Last month, University of Minnesota tech transfer startup Reflection Sciences officially named Jeff Shelstad as the company’s CEO.

With approximately ~$700k in funding and paying clients, this edutech venture is just getting up and running; we connected with him to hear more from the source:

When and how did you come across Reflection Sciences?

I moved back to my native Minnesota from New Jersey in 2014 to take a job with Capella University.

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Code Ninjas Is Opening In Minnesota To Teach Kids Coding And Robotics

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By Dan DeBaun, Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal

Code Ninjas, a franchise that teaches youth coding and robotics, is starting to open locations in the Twin Cities. The first Minnesota Code Ninjas will open in Edina on Saturday at 3016 W. 66th St. (a former Subway restaurant), said Jon Blood, a local Code Ninjas franchisee.”

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Edutech Startup Reflection Sciences Names Former Capella Exec Jeff Shelstad CEO

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“MINNEAPOLIS – April 18, 2018 – PRLog — Reflection Sciences Inc. announced today that it has appointed Jeff Shelstad as the company’s chief executive officer, succeeding co-founder Stephanie Carlson, who will move into the chief science officer role for the company. Shelstad was most recently vice president and general manager at Capella University.”

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Meet A Minnesota Tech CTO: Ron Lancaster, Pearson VUE

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Thank you Tarmac for underwriting our Meet a Minnesota CTO series, where we get up close and personal with Minnesota’s chief techies!

Ron Lancaster is CTO at Pearson VUE, a business subsidiary of parent learning company Pearson (NYSE: PSO; LSE: PSON) based in Bloomington. The company specializes in computer-based testing for high-stakes certification and licensure exams in the healthcare, finance, information technology, academic, and admissions markets; serving over 450 clients via a network of highly secure test centers in 180 countries.

How long have you been working in tech for and what is your technical background?

I had the good fortune to start with VUE when it was a startup back in ’97 – and it’s been a rocketship ever since. I was hired into the call center, but we mutually realized I was a much better fit in technology. Since then, I’ve filled a variety of tech roles within the organization; moving in and out of management earlier in my career. Along the way, I earned a Masters in Software Engineering from the University of Minnesota.

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