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The Importance of Technical Education in the California Community College System

Sep 17, 2021 5:01:24 AM / by Kristen Capuzzo

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With all the options available to consider for workforce development training, it can be overwhelming trying to decide what is best for your system. There are different training providers, all with different approaches to closing the skills gap. The California community college system is in a tough position and is being called upon to help the state solve a high unemployment rate, an achievement gap, a need to reskill workers, and a shortage of tech talent. Part of this is due to a global pandemic but it can also be attributed to the digitization of our daily lives and the need for digital skills. Technical literacy is more important than ever.

Thankfully, the state of California has set aside additional budget money for more workforce development programs. This funding is to assist in getting people into jobs as well as increasing the marketable skills of adults in California. As stated by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, “Short-term workforce training programs created in partnership with employers will be a crucial priority in the recovery.” This is exactly what we do. We are a high-quality, low-cost skills-based training program that scales, and that partners with community colleges to help them deliver on their goals.

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How to Implement a Competency-based Education Program for Software Engineering

Sep 13, 2021 7:45:22 AM / by Kristen Capuzzo

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Competency-based education programs are especially suited for software engineering. There are components in software engineering that require a level of understanding only learned through the experiential learning and competency-based education. Further, employers are looking for skilled candidates ready for the job who are competent: essentially, graduates of competency-based programs in software engineering.

With a challenging economy, shifts in job opportunities, and growing demand for software engineers, there is a large demand for skills-based, competency-based training programs in colleges, especially community colleges, across the US. This is an opportunity to partner with people who are already strong in competency-based education, specifically in software engineering. Through this, a program is built together and curriculum is developed from many sources. Cañada Community College and Skyline College are great examples of how partnerships between a community college and a competency-based program can be so successful. Software engineering is a field that especially benefits from a competency-based approach, and there are great providers with the skills and expertise in this area.

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What is Competency Based Education?

Aug 31, 2021 12:23:18 PM / by Kristen Capuzzo

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Competency-based education (CBE) has been around for decades in many different industries and has long been used in vocational technical schools and trades. In recent years, competency-based education has been increasingly used in online/hybrid settings with learning technology. This method of learning is not only effective but also flexible and adaptable for a variety of learners. Teaching to different competencies yields results that are near impossible in traditional learning models/environments. Competency-based learning is especially effective for talent training programs with adult learners.

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Using Active Learning to Develop Skills for the Future of Work

Aug 25, 2021 1:01:02 PM / by Kristen Capuzzo

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The world is changing at a rapid pace, there’s no doubt about that. Tasks that used to be performed by humans are becoming automated. The digital age is changing the world we used to know. The fourth industrial revolution is here and it is essential for all ages to understand and develop skills for the future of work, and to understand new technologies and complex processes. But first, we need to take a step back to the core foundational skills that will enable us to be successful in the world of work, both today and in the future. McKinsey recently identified a set of skills needed for our future workplace and jobs, and the way that these skills are developed is through active learning. Adjustments to the traditional educational system can be used to the advantage of those looking to future-proof themselves.

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Dr. Damany Fisher of the Bay Area Community College Consortium on Employment Opportunities

Aug 6, 2021 9:24:10 AM / by Kristen Capuzzo

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Recently, we sat down with Damany Fisher, a Regional Director of Special Projects for the Bay Area Community College Consortium. Damany shared great insights into his passion for helping students of all backgrounds with education and employment opportunities. 

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How Active, Skills-based Learning Can Help to Close Achievement Gaps

Aug 3, 2021 9:18:42 AM / by Kristen Capuzzo

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Learning can take many forms throughout a lifetime. There are times when you learn to speak and write, through repetition and reinforcement. There are moments when you learn a new sport such as soccer and you must go onto the field, kick a ball around, do drills and exercises, and actually play the game to learn. In some instances, you learn by teaching.

Throughout your life you will learn, unlearn, relearn and continue this process multiple times. One thing that has adapted over time is the need for active learning. The old learning models of passive learning and lectures are not reflective of what the workforce needs or what employers demand anymore. One of the biggest downfalls to this form of learning is the increase in achievement gaps amongst students. If everyone is being taught the same, everyone needs to have the same opportunity to learn, but everyone learns differently and traditional learning methods don't accommodate for this well at all.

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Qwasar Partners with Cañada Community College for Full Stack Developer Program

Jul 22, 2021 9:14:25 AM / by Kristen Capuzzo

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As a company, we have always strived to further development through education and growth with our partners. We have had several successful partnerships that have garnered immense support in the education sphere.

Our program, pricing, and skills-based model are so uniquely aligned with the vision and goals of community colleges that we have begun partnering with community colleges to provide our programs as not-for-credit and for-credit options as part of their workforce training efforts.

We are excited to announce our new partnership with Cañada Community College at Menlo Park. This public-private partnership with Cañada Community College will allow us to provide our low cost, high quality coding programs to rapidly train a more diverse workforce.

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An Interview with an NVIDIA Engineer - Jason Syu

Jul 16, 2021 6:24:49 AM / by Kristen Capuzzo

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Recently, we sat down with Jason Syu, an Applications Engineer at NVIDIA, to talk about his journey into a career at NVIDIA, what it means to be an Applications Engineer, and what software engineers should know about working in the hardware industry. Jason also shared some insights with our learners about finding a career in the tech industry.

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An Interview with Qwasar Alumni - Justin Burnett

Jun 17, 2021 8:26:43 AM / by Kristen Capuzzo

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We sat down, virtually of course, with one of our alumni, Justin Burnett. Community is a big part of the learning experience here at Qwasar. We wanted to give you an idea of the depth and breadth of who is in our alumni community. This interview is a part of ongoing learner interviews of our Qwasar alumni. Read more to learn about the life of a Qwasar alumni!

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Elite Summer Coding Program - 2021

Jun 3, 2021 5:52:47 AM / by Kristen Capuzzo

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Based on the success of last year’s summer coding program, we have decided to run it again this summer. 2020 was a year of triumphs and shifts in everyones lives and this program was one that proved successful for many looking to advance their programming skills and get into software jobs. The remote and hands-on nature of our program allows you to code from anywhere. Your learning is entirely 100% accessible to you. Maybe you didn’t get an internship you really wanted or maybe you want to get better at coding, programming, software architecture, or your code quality. Whatever the reason is, let Qwasar be the solution to helping you achieve your goals in tech this summer.

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