Partnerships and Alliances (April 2021)

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

  • Learning solutions company eLearningBrothers.com acquired The Game Agency. addition of game-based learning enables more effective development of remote workers and helps solidify eLearning Brothers’ position as a one-stop-shop for online learning.
  • Maryville University partnered with nonprofit organization Rung for Women to launch their first Customer Service credential training program in March. With a 100-member cohort of St. Louis-local women, this pilot program seeks to provide credential skills training for women to advance into middle-skill positions in customer service, banking, and Human Resources.
  • Axonify, a leader in front-line employee training, acquired MLevel, a data-driven digital learning platform. The MLevel platform is underpinned by adaptive learning technology and reinforced by the Three Pillars of Learning (knowledge transfer, knowledge reinforcement, and knowledge assessment).
  • MedTrainer, a software provider for training, compliance, accreditation, and credentialing, formed a partnership with athenahealth, Inc., through the company’s Marketplace program. As part of the athenahealth Marketplace, MedTrainer’s newly integrated application is now available to athenahealth’s growing network of healthcare providers. The application will streamline provider credentialing management for medical groups, specialty practices, community health centers, surgery centers, extended care facilities. and hospitals.
  • The Manufacturing Institute (MI), the workforce development and education partner of the National Association of Manufacturers, announced a three-year, $2.25 million grant from the Caterpillar Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Caterpillar Inc., to support and expand the work of Heroes MAKE America, an MI initiative that builds connections and career paths between the military community and the manufacturing industry. The grant will fund two key focus areas: evolution of Heroes training to include the latest in virtual reality technology to support the greater military community regardless of physical location, and expansion of training pathways to broaden the skill sets supporting the workforce demands in modern manufacturing. MI also launched Heroes Connect, a virtual platform that allows talent from the military community to directly engage with manufacturers who are hiring.
  • In collaboration with the Center for Creative Leadership, National University, a nonprofit institution with 50 years of experience serving veterans, educators, and working adults, launched a low-cost Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a focus in leadership. Designed for working adults to complete in 12 months, the new Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) MBA degree program is rooted in evidence-based research on leadership development and curriculum from CCL, a top-ranked global provider of leadership development that has worked with two-thirds of the Fortune 1000. The curriculum blends traditional MBA coursework with leadership skills, such as managing a diverse workforce and applying an ethical lens to business and management decision-making. In addition to the MBA degree, graduates will receive a series of micro-credentials for the practice and theory of leadership and management.
  • TechSmith Corporation, a provider of screen capture and video editing tools, and Panopto, a video management system provider for higher education and large enterprises, formed a multi-year strategic partnership to give students, educators, and employees a solution for creating, securing, and distributing video-based intelligence in universities and enterprises. The new partnership will make it easier for users to leverage TechSmith’s video editing tools and screen recording with Panopto’s video management system for enterprises. Beginning this fall, users of TechSmith Camtasia will be able to seamlessly use a new “Export to Panopto” feature. TechSmith Snagit also will support the feature. As part of the partnership, TechSmith is recommending Panopto as its preferred migration platform.

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Lorri Freifeld is the editor/publisher of Training magazine, owned by Lakewood Media Group. She writes on a number of topics, including talent management, training technology, and leadership development. She spearheads two awards programs: the Training Top 100 and Emerging Training Leaders. A writer/editor for the last 29 years, she has held editing positions at a variety of publications and holds a Master’s degree in journalism from New York University.