Saylor Academy http://www.tomkohlmusic.com Free and open online courses for people everywhere Wed, 07 Apr 2021 16:45:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.7 154379054 Harold G: “Saylor Academy offers challenging courses. Take advantage of it.” http://www.tomkohlmusic.com/2021/04/harold-g-saylor-academy-offers-challenging-courses-take-advantage-of-it/ Thu, 08 Apr 2021 12:00:00 +0000 http://www.tomkohlmusic.com/?p=106231 Harold is a Saylor Academy graduate living in Asia. SA:  Hello there Harold! How did you hear about Saylor Academy? HG: I learned about Saylor Academy by searching for articles that extol the advantages of online learning. I read some articles online comparing various online learning platforms, and then I realised that Saylor Academy is [...]

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Harold is a Saylor Academy graduate living in Asia.

SA:  Hello there Harold! How did you hear about Saylor Academy?

HG: I learned about Saylor Academy by searching for articles that extol the advantages of online learning. I read some articles online comparing various online learning platforms, and then I realised that Saylor Academy is a good fit for me.

SA: What course was your first course and why did you choose it?

HG: It was a course on Decision-Making (PRDV228). I thought it was a unique course to enroll in, something like a prelude to some business school or management degree. Plus, I wanted to learn something new.

SA: Once you obtained your first certificate, what inspired you to complete another 6 courses?

HG: It’s mostly about seeing for myself if I could still learn some university-level topics, as I have been away from university for a decade or so. As a family guy, there’s work to deal with, and there’s family to take care of. I need to upskill, and SA offers courses that I think I could enroll in. And the fact that the pandemic itself was getting worse, there was not much to do back then. So, I gave it a try, and I was hooked!?

SA: Which course was your favorite and why? 

HG: Definitely the course on Project Management. It is very structured, and it has a good selection of reading materials. It definitely helped me understand project management on a deeper level.

SA: Would you recommend Saylor Academy to others? 

HG: Yes, I would. 

SA: What are your career goals? And how have the certificates you obtained through Saylor Academy prepared you to achieve those goals? 

HG: I have always thought about changing careers, and what would it take to be prepared. And the way I see it, I need to cover bases related to management and business skills. My goal is to be prepared to take on junior to middle management roles. It’s a good way to prepare for these roles by taking courses and be able to apply what I learned at SA to real life management situations.

SA: What’s one way you think we can improve upon?

HG: Please add more business and management courses. You could also consider adding courses related to education management and natural sciences.

SA: Do you have any advice for people joining the online learning community? 

HG: Learning online has become better and easier. Saylor Academy offers challenging courses. Take advantage of it. 

Join Harold and the many others taking advantage of our free online courses for their personal development and career! Click here to view all of our available classes and click here to read more student interviews!

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Saylor Team Spotlight: Cherisse Gardner http://www.tomkohlmusic.com/2021/04/saylor-employee-spotlight-cherisse-gardner/ Mon, 05 Apr 2021 12:00:00 +0000 http://www.tomkohlmusic.com/?p=106199 Saylor Academy: How long have you worked for Saylor Academy? Cherisse: I’m coming up on four years this year, later this year. So in the fall it would be four years so, I’m kind of new-ish. SA: Can you tell us about your work? What is it that you do at Saylor Academy? C: Well [...]

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Cherisse is Saylor Academy’s Open Education Accelerator Manager. She is a valuable member of our Strategic Relationships team and was in the Peace Corps serving as public health educator under the Liberian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare. Here is what she had to say about her journey as a Saylor Academy employee.

Saylor Academy: How long have you worked for Saylor Academy?

Cherisse: I’m coming up on four years this year, later this year. So in the fall it would be four years so, I’m kind of new-ish.

SA: Can you tell us about your work? What is it that you do at Saylor Academy?

C: Well today for instance, I’ve been given a list of countries that I’ve got to look up their profiles, find out more about them, and pick out the top 10 or 20 universities as potential candidates for partnership. Doing a lot of outreach in that regard, identifying key personnel at those schools and corresponding with them, keeping them aware of what we’re here for, and what we can offer. The other half is the Manager of the OER (Open Educational Resources) Accelerator, which is a kind of outreach that gets more involved in partnering in actual course development. There’s a project right now with Florida International University we’re working on building some learning content that consists of mini-courses for teacher candidates to help them prepare for their state exams. So that’s course development in a strategic outreach context. So I’m doing a little bit of both right now.

SA: What does a typical workday look like for Cherisse?

C: Well, a lot of is spent right here in front of the laptop, getting to know these schools and managing my contacts and follow-ups. Setting up workspaces and enabling the SMEs on the course development side to do course development just as we’re doing with the education team, working with them to gather this content and build instructional prose around it.


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SA: What is it that you like the most about your job?

C: I like working with people, I like collaborating with people. I get energy when, for instance, I get a new set of countries and our Director of Strategic Relationships (Jackie) points me to some people that I can get to know. I enjoy reaching out and sharing what the Saylor Academy is, does, and can do for them. I get excited when they get excited. Right now, I think that we’ve got a couple of potential schools in Pakistan that I hope will follow through on the excitement I got from them during the interview. So that’s fun too, meeting them and talking with them, using Zoom, and really connecting, and kind of sharing that understanding. Especially when they get it, when they know what Saylor is, and how it can help… when they look for us, when they’re glad we found them. It’s getting to be that kind of a tipping point, it feels like that sometimes and that’s exciting.

SA: Speaking of Saylor Academy, how has the organization helped you advance in your career?

C: This is kind of where I’ve wanted to be. I started a long time ago in online education in the early 90s, building some of the first web courses with the UMUC which is where I started. I was kind of having this feeling of what this could really do, and as the whole thing (online ed) blows up I’ve always kind of watched Saylor. I’ve watched them from a distance when I first became aware of them around 2010. I’d gotten to know Jackie through a colleague of mine at UMUC (now known as UMGC) and that’s how I got invited to one of the Saylor Academy summits. I was just really taken with the whole idea, the notion of it (Saylor). I thought that this is what I could be doing for not just myself, but for others. I guess that’s the former Peace Corps volunteer in me getting excited about something in that way. So when the opportunity came to be here, I jumped at it. I was at George Washington University at the time and I was just like, I’m ready for that. This is something I really want to do and here’s my chance.

SA: What do you like to do when you’re not working?

C: Either I’m back in Maryland puttering in my garden or hanging out around here at my cabin in West Virginia. I just like being here out in the mountains with my partner Kate. We both work remotely. We’re just here taking in a nice weekend just being outside. It’s been something I’ve been enormously blessed to be able to do, I’m not taking any of this for granted.

SA: Do you have any fun or random facts that you might want to share with us?

C: Michael Jackson walked through my backyard when I was a kid but I wasn’t there. We lived in one of the historic houses in Colonial Williamsburg and the Jackson 5 are taking a shortcut through my back yard and, of course, his sightseeing entourage is like, “No, no, we’re going this way”. I was just a couple of miles away at my grandparents’ house and my mom calls me and tells me what happened. I was just like “Come get me now! This isn’t happening!”. For my 13-year-old self, it was a devastating moment… yeah, I was so distraught.

SA: How do you see Saylor Academy fitting into the education landscape in years to come?

C: I?see Saylor Academy as a great equalizer making higher education goals and professional aspirations more within reach and affordable to all. Rich or poor, the current crisis has thrown more of us into the realm of self-study vs face-to-face learning, and many who once were unsure of this mode of teaching and learning are finding their comfort zone. Schools and employers are responding with growing recognition and collaboration around what was the topic of a 2018 Saylor Summit, the “credentialing economy”, as viable a plan as the traditional path from high school, to college, to work. So all of this put together tells me that Saylor is and will continue to be a key strategic tool for both people and institutions. Add to that growing public recognition of Michael Saylor as a prominent spokesperson on cryptocurrency and business in general, I think Saylor Academy will become more widely recognized and regarded as a solid resource.

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Student Spotlight: Sergiy Denysov Teaches Us About #LifeLongLearning http://www.tomkohlmusic.com/2021/04/student-spotlight-sergiy-denysov-teaches-us-about-lifelonglearning/ Thu, 01 Apr 2021 12:00:00 +0000 http://www.tomkohlmusic.com/?p=106174 Sergiy Denysov, a driven Saylor Academy student from Ukraine, has completed 11 courses so far in 2021. Having accumulated over 20 years of experience in the maritime industry, he is now taking the opportunity to acquire new knowledge through our free courses. “We all know we live in a completely new modern world, unfortunately, affected [...]

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Sergiy Denysov, a driven Saylor Academy student from Ukraine, has completed 11 courses so far in 2021. Having accumulated over 20 years of experience in the maritime industry, he is now taking the opportunity to acquire new knowledge through our free courses.

“We all know we live in a completely new modern world, unfortunately, affected by the COVID pandemic, and all these beautiful, magnificent luxury cruise ships, they stopped for a year or so, maybe a little bit less. And at this time, when I have my time off cruise ships to decide what else to do, the best thing is to develop. To continue developing myself will give me options, which I learned in the past.”

—Sergiy Denysov

This interview has been edited slightly for length and clarity.

Saylor Academy: How did you learn about Saylor Academy?

Sergiy: Well, in this time, people probably will say, Google it, yes? It’s not the case exactly. My first choice in my education was edX online. You’ve probably seen a couple of universities like Harvard, Maryland, and so on [offer those courses]. I took several courses there. Then I thought, maybe it’s a good idea to browse and see what other courses are actually available online just to compare, to see the quality of the different approaches. One of the options was an open university in the UK, and another option I found was Saylor Academy. Then I looked through the syllabus, and there was quite a significant amount of topics you’ve been offering very close to, I will say, a mini MBA program. So, I decided to look into this program as well.

SA: What was your first impression of Saylor Academy?

S: Well, the number one thing is all materials are readily available and free of charge. That’s amazing. So much quality information is available. It’s all already set out in a specific order. You have goals, you have objectives, and you have fast availability.

SA: Once you completed your first course, what inspired you to complete more courses?

S: Well, when I looked at the first course, I found quite a significant amount of useful information relevant to a couple of past years. It is not like information taken from the 70s and 80s, which then you read and read, and you become very bored, and you say, how can I apply all this that happened so many years in the past to the future application? And again, as I said, the very first courses I took were on the edX platform, on Harvard and Maryland, and I was really curious to see if any organization or any site offered something similar in quality. The [Saylor Academy] Operations Management course was quite good then I saw a number of courses that are relevant to an MBA program and because I was already familiar with the program in relation to my previous job, I thought it’d be good to begin and to see what is different.


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SA: How do you plan to use your Saylor Academy certificates to advance your career?

S: Since 2007, I’ve been in a management position, and then since 2012, I’ve been in a senior management position, operating luxurious cruise ships. Onboard the cruise ship, not sitting in the office. As our time goes by, you know, we get a little bit slightly older sometimes, and then when you see all the opportunities in the world, you might think, what if I’m capable of doing something else? There are so many opportunities in the hospitality business. Like small private islands which offer luxury service for the guests. Management of those small islands will be a very good option. With this, you must know not just the basics and the fundamentals. You must know the latest approach to education based on the MBA program. It is not sufficient just to be a captain of a big ship. You need to build completely different skills and expand your leadership style to have the vision to inspire people and lead them. All this is not because you think you’re super good or you have so much experience. It’s because you learn through your life, and you learn through quality education programs.

SA: Would you recommend Saylor Academy to others? What would you say to others about Saylor Academy?

S: Learning is highly important, and learning never ends when you graduate from school or college, or university. You must master all your knowledge consistently throughout your life. Otherwise, you will get stuck somewhere. Saylor Academy has a lot of quality information. But quality information is not just something you read on the screen, you have to motivate yourself, and motivation sometimes comes from within. Some people can motivate themselves. However, I noticed that some people get motivated by the example of other people. So I hope, if my opinion is valid enough, people might be slightly inspired by what I said, that it will be great for them to study with Saylor Academy.


Saylor Academy offers a plethora of free online courses in high-demand professional fields. Learn new skills and venture into new opportunities with confidence. Register today and join our community of lifelong learners.

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Women in Tech Student Spotlight: Stamatina Chairopoulou http://www.tomkohlmusic.com/2021/03/women-in-tech-student-spotlight-stamatina-chairopoulou/ Mon, 29 Mar 2021 12:00:00 +0000 http://www.tomkohlmusic.com/?p=106126 Meet Stamatina Chairopoulou, an IT System Engineer and Information Security Analyst living in Greece. This interview has been edited slightly for length and clarity. Saylor Academy: Hi Stamatina! Congratulations on earning your Saylor certificates! I was wondering how you found out about Saylor Academy and our free courses? S: Hello! I’ve seen the Academy on [...]

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Meet Stamatina Chairopoulou, an IT System Engineer and Information Security Analyst living in Greece.


"Despite what society’s cultural biases suggest, cybersecurity and computer science are definitely women’s work!" – Stamatina Chairopoulou
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This interview has been edited slightly for length and clarity.

Saylor Academy: Hi Stamatina! Congratulations on earning your Saylor certificates! I was wondering how you found out about Saylor Academy and our free courses?

S: Hello! I’ve seen the Academy on a few posts on my LinkedIn network, so I gave it a try and signed up to do the two related courses with my science.

SA: Nice! May I ask what your profession is and how, if at all, the courses you took helped you in your science?

S: Sure, I have studied computer science and also I am professionally in this area since 2015 (either as system admin or cybersecurity analyst).

The related courses (CS401, CS402) were a nice and smooth reminder/revision for some technical knowledge in networking.

SA: That’s great to hear! It sounds like the courses were used as refreshers for you to stay up to date, etc.

Would you recommend these courses to experienced and/or aspiring computer science professionals?

S: Yes , definitely. I have done it already, but I will keep up in my network.

SA: Awesome! Do you have any advice for women wanting to start a career in tech?

S: I wrote something, regarding women in the Computer Science field, but I think that it’s too extended as I review it now.

“Computer scientists have been a part of some of the biggest innovations that have changed lives worldwide! This science can impact the world in every field. There aren’t enough skilled workers today to fill tech-related jobs, as even more specialized fields of IT or OT, such as the cybersecurity sector (topics: cryptography, password cracking, digital forensics and open-source intelligence gathering).

Cyber-attacks are the most significant challenges facing global industry today. As cyber threat continues to escalate, more perspectives are needed to combat the threat, and women bring a different perspective from men. As history has taught us, women built much of the foundation for this area.

Companies should build workforces that integrate diversity of all kinds – disciplines, genders, backgrounds, ethnicities – as this way ensures fresh perspectives, prompting innovation and creativity!

 Despite what society’s cultural biases suggest, cybersecurity and computer science are definitely women’s work!”

SA: I love it, very insightful! Thank you so much for sharing.

S: I am glad that you find it good; first time i wrote something presenting my thought/opinion.

You’re very welcome!

Whether you just need a refresher or are completely new to computer science, Saylor Academy has multiple technology courses for you to choose from! Join Saylor Academy’s community of lifelong learners and enroll today. Let’s keep women in tech and happy #WomensHistoryMonth.

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Webinar: Readying Veterans for Return with Education, Skills, and Business Opportunities http://www.tomkohlmusic.com/2021/03/webinar-readying-veterans-for-return-with-education-skills-and-business-opportunities/ Wed, 03 Mar 2021 20:49:12 +0000 http://www.tomkohlmusic.com/?p=106040 Join Saylor Academy and its distinguished guests for a great webinar on veterans' education, skill and entrepreneurship opportunities. http://bit.ly/readyvets4return [...]

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Readying Veterans 4 Return

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Though the overall unemployment rate for veterans was under 5% in January 2020, success varies for veterans looking for jobs upon their return (Department of Labor).? Some may face challenges translating their experience into civilian careers, need additional education to enter the career of their choice, or need support to start their own ventures (US Census). Whatever the path, veterans will need skill development and higher education opportunities, as well as support and guidance to take the next best step for them.?

Our panel will explore the labor market potential for veterans, higher education and skill development opportunities and discuss how veterans’ skillsets are suited for leadership and entrepreneurship.

Panelists

Moderator 

Jacqueline Arnold, Director of Strategic Relationships, Saylor Academy

March 17, 2021

2pm Eastern Time (US/Canada)

Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__hbND0iNSrqz10d2NfgoHw

Panelist Bios

Dr. Rene Cintron, Chief Education and Training Officer, Louisiana’s Community and Technical Colleges

Dr. Cintrón is a proud father of three daughters. He serves as the Chief Education and Training Officer with Louisiana’s Community & Technical Colleges (LCTCS), a public, multi-institution system serving a diverse student population seeking workforce development training, academic programs of study, and the high school equivalency. The 12 independently accredited institutions collectively serve 145,000 students, transfer 14,000 students, and graduate 33,000 individuals, annually. Dr. Cintrón directs statewide leadership in academic affairs, adult education, institutional effectiveness, manufacturing extension, student services, and workforce development. He finds it exciting to be part of the team that supports an equitable and inclusive environment in which students can be successful from pre-application through post-graduation. 

Dr. Cintrón has focused on accelerating the student experience with tools leading students to achieving their educational goals in a timely manner, such as data exchange, short-term credentials, compressed programs, prior learning assessments, and co-requisite scheduling. These and other efforts have led to a record-breaking graduating class from 19,810 in 2014 to 33,428 in 2020 encompassing a significant growth in short term credentials and a class comprised a 7% increase in minority students graduating primarily of African American and Hispanic backgrounds.   

Prior to LCTCS, Dr. Cintrón held various positions at Delgado Community College in New Orleans: Instructor of Business, Assistant Dean of Business and Technology, and Executive Director of Planning and Research. I began my professional career working with Habitat for Humanity. He served in the U.S. Air Force in Emergency Management as an instructor and program manager. Dr. Cintrón grew up in Puerto Rico and holds a Ph.D. in Organization and Management. Through a variety of institutions and consulting efforts, He has been involved in curriculum development and teaching in the military, secondary, undergraduate, and graduate-level; in-person, online, and blended environments.

Lauren Lobrano, Director, PVA Veterans Career Program, Paralyzed Veterans of America

Lauren is the director of PVA Veterans Career Program at Paralyzed Veterans of America. The Veterans Career Program (formerly called PAVE) was launched in 2007 to ensure that PVA members, veterans with catastrophic or significant disabilities, their spouses and caregivers, have access to meaningful employment, educational and volunteer opportunities. The program consists of a team of vocational rehabilitation counselors and employment analysts who work one-on-one with our clients to evaluate transferable skills, assist them with requesting workplace accommodations, help them find positions that build on their experience and interests, and build the confidence they need to be successful in their positions. 

Lauren held other positions supporting the military and veteran communities including serving as the Director of Operations for Hiring Our Heroes, a program of the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation, as the International Programs Director for Wounded Warrior Project, leading programs aiding wounded warriors and medical staff in US military communities overseas, and as the Manager for Policy and Program Development with the American Red Cross’ Service to the Armed Forces Department.

Prior to transitioning to the non-profit space, Lauren held several positions in the Executive and Legislative branches of the government, including as the Deputy to the Associate Director for Legislative Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget and for a Member of Congress.

Dr. Lisa Romano-Arnold, Director, Business Development, Excelsior College

Dr. Lisa Romano-Arnold has served in the field of higher education for nearly 25 years, focusing much of her career to changing traditional college practices to better serve the needs of working adult students, specially community college and veteran students. She spent over 12 years at University of Maryland University College (UMUC), creating pathways and student services to better serve the needs of veterans and community college transfer students. While at UMUC, she helped grow UMUC’s community college program to become the #1 transfer institution in the state along with creating significant policy reform and innovative institutional practices. Dr. Romano-Arnold earned her doctorate of management from UMUC. She joined the Excelsior College team of Strategic Partnerships and Alliances in 2015 where she oversees veteran, corporate, and association partnership development.

Lt. Col. Michael Zacchea USMC, Co-Founder and Director of Government Relations, US Veterans Chamber of Commerce

Mike Zacchea was commissioned in the Marine Corps in 1990. He deployed to Somalia for OPERATION RESTORE HOPE and to Haiti for OPERATION SUPPORT DEMOCRACY. He served two tours on recruiting duty. He commanded two artillery batteries and served as a battalion assistant operations officer. In March 2004, as a major, he deployed to Iraq for OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM II. His mission was to build, train, and lead in combat the first Iraqi army battalion trained by the US military. After an initial 4-month training period, he led the Iraqi battalion in combat operations for 8 months. The battalion participated in OPERATION PHANTOM FURY, the 2nd Battle of Fallujah. During the battle, Mike was wounded by a rocket-propelled grenade. As a result of his wounds, Mike has been medically retired. Mike’s military awards include the Bronze Star Medal (with Valor device) (with a gold star in lieu of a second award), the Purple Heart Medal, a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, a Combat Action Ribbon, and numerous unit and campaign awards. Mike was also the first and at the time only American recognized by the Iraqi government by the Order of the Lion of Babylon.

In 2009, Mike founded the UConn Entrepreneur Bootcamp for Veterans, through which he has helped veterans start more than 170 businesses producing more than $150 million in gross revenues. Mike helped form a non-profit organization of military advisers in 2006 to help more than 6000 Iraqi interpreters immigrate to the United States, known nationally as Netroots: the List Project. He served on a multi-agency cross-disciplinary working group chaired by the CT Dept of Veterans Affairs focusing on veteran reintegration, education, training, and workforce re-entry issues.

Mike founded the US Veterans Chamber of Commerce in 2016, a non-profit with chapters serving veteran-owned businesses nationwide. Mike also serves on the veteran’s committee of Newman’s Own Foundation. Mike was appointed to the Advisory Committee on Veterans Business Affairs for the Small Business Administration in 2015, and in 2018 became the Chairman and was re-appointed to a three-year term, advising the Administrator on policies and issues affecting more than 2.5 million veteran-owned businesses producing more than $1.2 trillion in GDP. In 2020, Mike joined the National Center for Disability Entrepreneurship as its inaugural Entrepreneur-in-Residence.

Mike earned an MBA from the School of Business at the University of Connecticut.

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Saylor Academy, ?HICA!, partner to offer free online ESL, career skill courses and bring opportunities to Latino communities http://www.tomkohlmusic.com/2021/03/hica-saylor-academy-partner-free-esl/ Tue, 02 Mar 2021 19:40:57 +0000 http://www.tomkohlmusic.com/?p=106036 Saylor Academy is very pleased to announce a new partnership with the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama, to provide flexible, affordable learning opportunities for ?HICA students and those interested in joining ?HICA!’s programs. Saylor Academy is a nonprofit initiative that believes that education should be accessible to anyone, anywhere, and at any time. As part [...]

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Saylor Academy is very pleased to announce a new partnership with the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama, to provide flexible, affordable learning opportunities for ?HICA students and those interested in joining ?HICA!’s programs.

Saylor Academy is a nonprofit initiative that believes that education should be accessible to anyone, anywhere, and at any time. As part of our mission, we partner with organizations, including universities and nonprofits like ?HICA! to help educate communities worldwide, so they can improve their lives. As you may know, Saylor Academy’s free Professional development courses provide opportunities to learn skills quickly (many courses are under 20 hours), in subjects such as Decision-making, Leadership and Teams, and Interpersonal Skills.? These courses earn free certificates that students can post on LinkedIN, on Facebook, or on Twitter, or link to in a website or personal portfolio.?

For more information, check out ?HICA!’s partner page here.

Also, Saylor Academy offers a free English as a Second Language course, (ESL) course series for those wishing to learn and study English.  Students earn a free certificate of achievement to demonstrate their English knowledge. 

The Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama and Saylor Academy both recognize that students, such as ?HICA! students, lead increasingly busy and complex lives. They require flexible education options to balance skill development with work and family demands. This partnership allows students to develop skills that are in-demand now for free and will help them become even more competitive once they enter the marketplace.?


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“We are really excited to partner with ?HICA!”, states Jeff Davidson, Executive Director of Saylor Academy. “Their work to educate, support and advocate for the Latino community is in line with our mission to support education and skill development, and through that effort, empowerment for all.”

Per Estela Tirado, ?HICA!’s Program Manager for Empowering Communities, “Our partnership with Saylor Academy will help expand our workforce development efforts and other ?HICA! programming such as business development, education and civic engagement available for the Latino community in Alabama.” 

About Saylor Academy

Saylor Academy is a nonprofit initiative committed to making education accessible and affordable to all who need it.  We are doing so by creating free online courses, created by credentialed professors with teaching experience,  Our courses are available for anyone to take at their own pace, and earn certificates or university credits to help them graduate or gain employment faster, and improve their and their families’ futures. 

Saylor partners with a group of universities and colleges, as well as other nonprofits and organizations wishing to open access to education. We do not charge institutions to partner with us, and are always looking for like-minded organizations to expand our mission further. 

To learn how to partner with Saylor Academy, please contact Jacqueline Arnold, Director of Strategic Relationships and Communications, at jacqueline.arnold@saylor.org

About Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama  

The Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (?HICA!) was created in 1999 to address concerns relating to healthcare access, education, economic development, legal issues and community outreach for immigrant Latinos.  

?HICA! is a community development and advocacy organization that champions economic equality, civic engagement, and social justice for Latino and immigrant families in Alabama.

?HICA! envisions an Alabama in which everyone has full and equal participation in our state’s civic, cultural, social, and economic life. Hispanic and immigrant families are empowered to integrate, engage, and lead their communities to reach their families’ aspirations.

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