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Podium Education Raises $12M to Help Colleges Offer For-Credit Tech Programs

With the labor market and college campuses reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic, the arrival of new online learning platforms teaching in-demand tech skills to undergraduates comes at a fortuitous time.

That’s the case for the builders of these tools as well, like Podium Education . Since launching at the start of 2020, the Austin, Texas-based startup has partnered with over 20 colleges and more than 1,000 students. And announced $ 12 million in Series A funding.

Podium’s premise is simple: offer online classes, with sophisticated design and production, taught by leading experts in technology fields that are attractive to companies hiring in the modern jobs market. It aims to equip all students, regardless of academic focus, with digital competencies.

“We believe that soft skills plus hard skills create the talents that the workplace demands,” said Brooks Morgan, Podium Education co-founder and CEO. “Whatever your passion is, whatever it is that you are going to try and do in this world, do it with the skills that will get you a better job within your field.”

This funding round is led by Sid Krommenhoek at Album VC and Zander Rafael at Spring Tide Capital, with Firework Ventures, Degreed, Learn Capital, Goldcrest Capital, CampusLogic and 137 Ventures also participating. Podium will use the funds to offer more classes, at more colleges, Morgan said.

Podium class content is produced in-house, with prestigious teaching talent and glossy video production creating a product that resembles the offerings of other online teaching platforms like Masterclass. The company has invested heavily in content. Teaching materials include datasets from Netflix, Spotify and Lime Scooters for student use.

But unlike other competitors that cater to general consumers, Podium aims to deliver courses within the traditional university environment. Students meet weekly in a virtual setting with other members of their campus community to take classes.

Offering a program that is supplementary to existing undergraduate programs is a key difference between Podium and rival online educators, Morgan said. Podium classes can be taken for credit, and are federal financial aid and Pell Grant-eligible. Students, regardless of major, can take them to minor in data science. Thanks to the recent funding round, options to minor in web development and digital marketing are enrolling now for January 2021.

“We’re able to invest more capital than any single institution would be able to invest in a program like this,” Morgan said. “Rather than an institution having to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to develop a program, we spend millions instead. They get world-class content, turnkey.”

The Podium partnership model requires zero out-of-pocket production expenses or from institutions and can be launched to students in as little as two weeks. Podium takes a 50 percent fee from institutions for each student enrolled in one of its courses.

“Podium helped us launch a new Data Analytics and Data Visualization program with strong student demand this past summer,” said Yusuf Dahl, executive director of the Dyer Center for Entrepreneurship at Lafayette College. “Combining a classic liberal

Tech Employment Data Contradict Need For Quick H-1B Visa Rules

New government data show the low unemployment rate in computer occupations contradicts Trump administration claims an economic emergency requires the quick implementation of new H-1B visa rules. A new analysis indicates the government’s own data do not support the claims made in the regulations, which makes it more likely federal courts will block the new rules.

On October 8, 2020, the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published “interim final” rules to restrict H-1B visas, asserting a “good cause” exception to the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) to allow the H-1B rules to go into effect quickly without permitting the public to comment. DOL and DHS cited an emergency need to address unemployment as a reason for bypassing the normal rulemaking process.

Low Unemployment Rate in Computer Occupations: “The U.S. unemployment rate for individuals in computer occupations stood at 3.5% in September 2020, not changed significantly from the 3% unemployment rate in January 2020 (before the pandemic spread in the U.S.),” according to an analysis of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Current Population Survey by the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP). “A similar measure of the U.S. unemployment rate in computer and mathematical occupations, which appears on the BLS website, also found a rate of 3% in January 2020 and 3.5% in September 2020. The rates are well below the unemployment rate of 7.8% for non-computer occupations.”

Approximately two-thirds of H-1B visa holders work in computer-related occupations, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), but the DHS and DOL rules spend much time citing the nation’s overall unemployment rate in 2020 rather than focusing on the more relevant computer occupations.

The DOL rule cited the overall U.S. unemployment rate of 14.7% in April 2020 but failed to mention the September 2020 national unemployment rate had dropped to 7.9%. DHS and DOL also invoked the June 2020 presidential proclamation to suspend the entry of H-1B other visa holders even though a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction blocking the proclamation.

DHS Used Outdated Unemployment Statistics in its H-1B Rule: DHS stated in its H-1B rule: “This [rule] is particularly urgent given the exceptionally high unemployment rate in the United States – 10.2 percent as of August 7, 2020.” But as the National Foundation for American Policy analysis notes, the U.S. unemployment rate of 10.2% cited by DHS was already two months old when DHS issued its rule. The U.S. unemployment rate declined from 10.2% in July to 8.4% in August 2020 and 7.9% in September – and without a new regulation from the Department of Homeland Security.

For individuals 25 years and over with a bachelor’s degree or higher, the national unemployment rate fell from 6.7% in July 2020 to 4.8% in September 2020.

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Virginia Tech Opens As Huge Favorites Over Boston College

Boston College (3-1) will try and make it two in a row when they take on the Virginia Tech Hokies on Saturday. Boston College won a thriller on Saturday, defeating Pitt 31-30 on a missed extra point by Panthers kicker Alex Kessman in overtime. The Hokies (2-1) suffered their first defeat of the season, losing 56-47 to UNC. 

The Hokies offense, particularly the rushing attack has been the strongest part of their game. Kansas transfer Khalil Herbert has already risen to become one of the best running backs in the conference. Through four games he has rushed for 449 yards, averaging over ten yards per carry, along with five touchdowns. The passing attack has been more uneven, but if Hendon Hooker starts at quarterback, look for this to change. 

The online betting site betonline.ag has posted the current line for the upcoming game between the Eagles and Hokies. They have set the opening line in favor of Virginia Tech at a particularly large (-10.5). Boston College this year is 4-1 against the spread, beating it Duke, Pitt and UNC and failing to meet the -20 spread against Texas State.

Here are some of the other lines of note for the upcoming week.

Pittsburgh at Miami (-9)

Liberty (-2.5) at Syracuse

Clemson (-27) at Georgia Tech

Louisville at Notre Dame (-15.5)

Duke at NC State (-4)

Virginia (-2.5) at Wake Forest

UNC (-10) at Florida State

Georgia at Alabama (-5)

LSU at Florida (-14)

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Boston College vs. Georgia Tech: Gametime, TV Announced

Boston College’s upcoming October 24th game against Georgia Tech has a kickoff time and TV listing. Per a release from the ACC Conference, the game will be a 4pm kickoff on the ACC Network. Per state regulations surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic , fans again will not be allowed to attend this game. 

This is Georgia Tech’s first time visiting Alumni Stadium since 2008. The two teams have played just four times in conference play since BC joined the ACC in 2005. Most recently the two teams played in 2016 in the season opener in Dublin. The Yellow Jackets held on to win that game 17-14.  All-time, Georgia Tech holds a 7-2 series advantage in the series. 

Georgia Tech is currently 2-2 with wins over Louisville and Florida State, and losses to Syracuse and UCF. The Yellow Jackets are led by former Temple head coach Geoff Collins, who was hired by the Owls by former AD and current BC AD Patrick Kraft. Last season the Yellow Jackets finished the year 3-9, but with a full year to shift from the triple option they have looked much stronger in their first four games. 

Here are the other ACC games for that weekend:

Syracuse at Clemson, Noon, ESPN or ACC Network – network designation after games of Oct. 17

NC State at North Carolina, Noon, ESPN or ACC Network – network designation after games of Oct. 17

Florida State at Louisville, Noon, RSN

Virginia Tech at Wake Forest, 3:30 p.m., RSN

Notre Dame at Pittsburgh, 3:30 ABC

Virginia at Miami, 8 p.m., ACC Network

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Boston College vs. Virginia Tech: Weekly Kickoff

Boston College (3-1) won a thrilling 31-30 overtime classic on Saturday against the Pitt Panthers at Alumni Stadium. But now it is time for the team to hit the road again, turn the page and prepare for #23 Virginia Tech (2-1) in the newest chapter in the team’s rivalry. 

The Eagles and Hokies have had some memorable moments on the gridiron in the past 30 years. The moments are all engrained in our memories. Quarterback Michael Vick running for 210 yards and three touchdowns, Matt Ryan silencing Lane Stadium in 2007 or the Hokies beating the Eagles for two straight ACC titles. Boston College has won the last two matchups including last year’s season opener, but the Hokies own an 18-10 series edge. 

This year, the rivalry enters a new phase. Over the past few years, former defensive coordinator Bud Foster and head coach Frank Beamer both retired. Justin Fuente, the former Memphis head coach has taken over the program with mixed results. This year the Eagles are the team making the shift. Jeff Hafley has taken over for Steve Addazio, and the years of a run heavy attack are gone, replaced by one of the top passing attacks in the conference. 

The Hokies have only played three games, the Eagles four. But the two teams already have a pair of common opponents. Both played Duke, with the Eagles winning 26-6, and the Hokies 38-31. The other game was against UNC, who BC lost to 26-22, and the VT lost 56-45.  It has been a very tumultuous start for the Hokies, who have had to play multiple games with 20 or more players out due to injury or COVID. Presumed starting quarterback Hendon Hooker only played part of the UNC game, but was incredibly effective scoring three touchdowns. Look for the young QB to start against BC. 

What make the Hokies so dangerous? Their second ranked rushing attack, led by Kansas transfer running back Khalil Herbert. Many BC fans will remember him gashing up the Eagles defense with 11 carries for 185 yards and a touchdown in the Jayhawks stunning win in 2019. This year Herbert has been very impressive, rushing for 449 yards, averaging over ten yards per carry, along with five touchdowns. 

The defense this year? Not what you expect out of Virginia Tech. Against UNC this past week they allowed 658 yards, and were better against NC State and Duke but still averaged almost 400 yards allowed in the two games. 

This game is huge for Boston College. If the Eagles were to win this game, it would give them their first AP ranked win since 2014 (USC) and first ranked road win since 2008 (Florida State). Hafley and his team have already put together a handful of memorable moments. Defeating Virginia Tech would add to that, and put the Eagles in position to become something even bigger this season. 

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StanChart Tech Boss Heeds Bank’s Post-Wuhan Stress Lessons: Q&A

(Bloomberg) — From sourcing 2,000 laptops for computer-less staff to boosting remote working capacity 20-fold, Michael Gorriz spent the year at the center of a global bank’s scramble to cope with an office-emptying pandemic.

Standard Chartered Plc’s chief information officer had a ringside seat for the start of the crisis. While his bank is headquartered in London, the German-born Gorriz works from Singapore — a five-hour flight to Wuhan, the Chinese epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak. StanChart’s branch in Wuhan was locked down, giving an early inkling of what life under Covid-19 might be like.



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The pandemic drove thousands of older customers online for the first time, stress-testing technology for a company that’s bet heavily on digital banking. The Wuhan outbreak also gave Gorriz a unique perspective on enabling working from home at a time when the crisis still seemed remote in global banks’ western bases.

“My management team and I speculated this might not be the end, so we just kept on pushing,” said Gorriz, who spearheaded a drive to increase the number of remote login channels for employees from 5,000 at the start of the year to more than 100,000 six weeks after the first Chinese lockdown.

With the worst of the pandemic seemingly over in StanChart’s Asian markets, Gorriz, who has been in his role in 2015, is turning his attention to the lessons he learned as the chief technologist.

His comments have been edited and condensed.

How has banking changed?

The pandemic was a good proving point for digital capabilities, both our internal operations and also in our customer interactions. In institutional banking, where there was still a high willingness to see customers physically, obviously all the customers were concerned and scared about contracting the virus. They were accepting our relationship managers and specialists coming to meet them digitally, and this worked.

Is your budget increasing?

Five years ago, we spent roughly $650 million a year on new tech investments, out of which more than 90% was defensive — compliance, regulatory, all these kinds of things. Starting in 2016, we have been more than doubling this amount. We are currently annually spending $1.6 billion on technology. More than 50% of this money is dedicated to real strategic and digital enhancements.

Where are you investing?

We are heavily investing in our front end, both on the retail as well as the wholesale side. We invest a lot in payment systems. We also invest in the harmonization of our core banking system. Our strategic spend is now as big as total spending in 2015.

How has customer behavior changed?

We saw solid double-digit increases in the usage of mobile and digital. We had planned for a slower ramp-up. In Singapore, the age group over 55 saw an increase of 50%. Even the elderly, who have been more reluctant to use these channels, adjusted to it. It was their only chance to move their money.

And

College football scores, NCAA top 25 rankings, schedule, games today: LSU, North Carolina vs. Virginia Tech on

Five of the seven top-10 teams in action on Saturday will be battling ranked foes as the college football season rolls on with some crucial conference matchups dotting the Week 6 slate. In total, 16 of the 19 ranked teams who have started their seasons will be in action during what figures to be another hectic day in the sport. The headliners are No. 1 Miami hosting No. 7 Clemson in the evening and No. 3 Georgia hosting No. 14 Tennessee for the SEC on CBS Game of the Week in the afternoon. 

But the morning wave of games is loaded, too. No. 4 Florida plays at No. 21 Texas A&M in a critical game for a pair of third-year coaches looking to make a mark on the national scene. The ACC will also have a pair of ranked teams dueling in the early time slot as No. 8 North Carolina hosts No. 19 Virginia Tech in the toughest test yet for both teams.

There’s a lot to cover with those games and everything in between. CBS Sports will be here every step of the way to update you with the latest scores, highlights and storylines throughout the day. All times Eastern

College football scores, schedule — Week 6

Oklahoma vs. No. 22 Texas — Noon on FOX — Preview, predictions
No. 4 Florida at No. 21 Texas A&M — Noon on ESPN — Preview, predictions
No. 19 Virginia Tech at No. 8 North Carolina — Noon on ABC
No. 17 LSU at Missouri — Noon on SEC Network
No. 14 Tennessee at No. 3 Georgia — 3:30 p.m. on CBS — Preview, predictions
Arkansas at No. 13 Auburn — 4 p.m. on SEC Network
Alabama at No. 2 Ole Miss — 7:30 p.m. on ESPN — Preview, predictions
Florida State at No. 5 Notre Dame — 7:30 p.m. on NBC
No. 7 Miami at No. 1 Clemson — 7:30 p.m. on ABC — Preview, predictions
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Georgia Tech vs Louisville Live Stream

ATLANTA – Louisville will hit the road for the second time during a three-game road stretch, visiting Georgia Tech on Friday for the first time in program history.

The Cardinals lost their second-straight ACC contest for the first time in the Scott Satterfield eraasd, falling to Pittsburgh 23-20 on Sept. 26. The Panthers sacked quarterback Malik Cunningham seven times and limited the Cardinals to 223 yards of total offense in the defeat.

Coming off a bye week, the Yellow Jackets are 1-2 overall and 1-1 in the ACC. Georgia Tech picked up a conference win over Florida State in the season opener, but dropped a 37-20 decision to Syracuse on Sept. 26. They also lost their lone non-conference gameasd of the season to No. 14 UCF.

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Date/Time/Place: Friday, 7:00 p.m. EST, Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta, Ga.

Surface: Grass

Capacity: 68,400

Records: Louisville 1-2, 0-2 in Atlantic Coast Conference, 8-5, 5-3 in 2019; Georgia Tech 1-2, 1-1 in Atlantic Coast Conference, 3-9, 2-6 in 2019

Betting Line: Louisville by 5.0

Series Notes: asdGeorgia Tech holds a 1-0 lead in the overall series, and this is the first time playing at Bobby Dodd Stadium. In the last meeting, TaQuon Marshall ran for 175 yards and twoasd scores to lead Georgia Tech to a 66-31 victory over Louisville on Friday night. The Yeasdllow Jackets ran for a season-high 542 yards, the third-best total in schoolasd history and the second most ever yielded by the Cardinals.

TV: ESPN; Jason Benetti (PxP), Andre Ware (analyst) & Roddy Jones (sidelines).

Radio (Louisville): 840 AM; Paul Rogers (PxP), Craig Swabek & Jody Demling (analysts)

Radio (Westwoasdod One): 380 XM, Internet 970; Brandon Gaudin (PxP), Derek Rackley (analyst)

Preview: Louisvasasddille Cardinals vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Injury Notes: CB Kei’Tasdrel Clark and DL Zach Edwards are both listed as “game-time decisions” and will gasdo through pre-game warm-ups to decide their availability. All other players on the dress list are available.

Louisville starting quarterback Malik Cunningham has “no limitations” after being carted off the fieldasd vs. Pitt.

Game Day Uniform: Louisville will be wearing black helmets accompanied by white jerseys & pants.

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Louisville vs. Georgia Tech odds, line: 2020 college football picks, predictions from proven model on 20-3 run

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets aim to snap a two-game losing skid when they host the Louisville Cardinals on Friday evening. Georgia Tech opened the season with a strong win over Florida State, but the Yellow Jackets suffered back-to-back losses before an open date last week. Louisville’s journey has been similar, with a season-opening win over Western Kentucky before losses to Miami (FL) and Pittsburgh in ACC play. 

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. William Hill lists the Cardinals as five-point road favorites in Atlanta, down half a point from the opener, in the latest Louisville vs. Georgia Tech odds. The over-under is set at 65. Before making any Georgia Tech vs. Louisville picks, check out the college football predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of over $4,200 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. It is a sizzling 20-3 on top-rated picks through five weeks of the 2020 college football season, returning over $1,300 in profit already. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Louisville vs. Georgia Tech. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the college football odds from William Hill and trends for Georgia Tech vs. Louisville:

  • Louisville vs. Georgia Tech spread: Louisville -5
  • Louisville vs. Georgia Tech over-under: 65 points
  • Louisville vs. Georgia Tech money line: Louisville -200, Georgia Tech +175
  • LOU: The Cardinals are 9-7 against the spread in the last 16 games
  • GT: The Yellow Jackets are 4-11 against the spread in the last 15 games

Why Louisville can cover

Louisville has an explosive offense, including talented players at every critical skill position. Micale Cunningham leads the way at quarterback, with nearly 800 yards passing and seven touchdowns through the air in three games. He is also a talented runner, with more than 1,000 career rushing yards on his ledger, and sophomore running back Javian Hawkins is averaging more than 100 yards and a touchdown per game this season. 

At wide receiver, junior Tutu Atwell is a budding star, with 229 yards and three touchdowns through three games. As a sophomore in 2019, Atwell generated 1,276 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns, and he is a difficult cover for any opposing team. Defensively, Louisville may have its hands full with a Georgia Tech team that can move the ball, but the Yellow Jackets have been mistake-prone this season. Largely due to 12 turnovers in three games, Georgia Tech is averaging only 19 points per contest, giving confidence to a scrappy Louisville defense. 

Why Georgia Tech can cover

Defensively, Georgia Tech played quite well in the opener against Florida State before struggling in back-to-back games. The Yellow Jackets have a difficult task against a talented Louisville offense, but the Cardinals have allowed 11 sacks in three games, which is one

NASA Administrator to Announce New Space Tech Public-Private Partnerships

NASA Administrator to Announce New Space Tech Public-Private Partnerships

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2020

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will give a keynote address at the virtual fall Lunar Surface Innovation Consortium meeting at 11:45 a.m. EDT Wednesday, Oct. 14. The event, co-hosted by the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) and Arizona State University, will stream live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

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Bridenstine will discuss NASA’s Artemis program and announce the agency’s latest Tipping Point selections and their potential impact on sustainable lunar exploration. NASA released the opportunity in January 2020, seeking U.S. industry-developed space technologies to foster the development of commercial space capabilities and benefit future missions.

Following Bridenstine’s remarks, Associate Administrator of NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) Jim Reuter will give a short update on the agency’s Lunar Surface Innovation Initiative.

APL operates the consortium in collaboration with NASA under the Lunar Surface Innovation Initiative. The initiative complements the agency’s lunar science activities under Artemis. It engages experts from academia, industry, nonprofits, and government to shape the technologies and systems needed to explore the surface of the Moon in new ways.

The Lunar Surface Innovation Consortium fall meeting, which runs Wednesday, Oct. 14 through Thursday, Oct. 15, is open to media. To register, contact Michael Buckley of APL Public Affairs at michael.buckley@jhuapl.edu or 443-567-3145.

As part of its Artemis program, NASA plans to send the first woman and next man to the lunar surface in 2024 and establish a sustainable presence there by the end of the decade. The agency will use the Moon to prepare for its next giant leap – human exploration of Mars.

For more information about America’s Moon to Mars exploration plans, go to:

https://www.nasa.gov/moontomars

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