Partnerships & Alliances (May 2024)

The latest training industry mergers, acquisitions, partnerships, and more.

  • Global professional services company Accenture agreed to acquire Udacity, a digital education pioneer with expertise in the development and delivery of proprietary technology courses that blend online learning and human instruction.
  • Four tech learning executives—Kelby Zorgdrager, former CEO of DevelopIntelligence and EVP at Pluralsight; Cole Frock, formerly a strategic account manager with SkillSoft; Jeret Jenkins, formerly with Axcel Learning; and Bob Clary, formerly with DevelopIntelligence— partnered to form custom tech learning organization bILTUp. With 155 instructors offering up to 310 instructor-led training days of delivery capacity per month, the bILTUp team focuses on areas including: artificial intelligence/genAI, machine learning, data science, data engineering, cloud, front-end, backend, full stack development, cybersecurity, agile, and mobile.
  • Family dining restaurant chain Denny’s announced a collaboration that allows participants in Denny’s Manager-in-Training (MIT) program to apply and receive up to 30 credits from Oakwood University and Bay Path University.
Lorri Freifeld
Lorri Freifeld is the editor/publisher of Training magazine. She writes on a number of topics, including talent management, training technology, and leadership development. She spearheads two awards programs: the Training APEX Awards and Emerging Training Leaders. A writer/editor for the last 30 years, she has held editing positions at a variety of publications and holds a Master’s degree in journalism from New York University.