Vermont Business Magazine School Hack Solutions, a Bristol-based education technology firm, has been awarded a $350,000 loan from the State of Vermont to add new jobs and help more schools – in Vermont and across the US – implement personalized learning for students. The funding was awarded by the Vermont Economic Development Agency as part of a competitive loan review through the Windham County Economic Development Program.
The new funding will help SchoolHack expand its sales and customer service team, including adding new jobs in Brattleboro. The investment comes as SchoolHack is expanding its customer base to include schools across the country. “This investment by the State of Vermont in SchoolHack is a testament to how far we have come over the past couple of years, and reinforces our potential to create more high quality jobs in Vermont,” said SchoolHack cofounder and CEO David Lipkin. “But this investment is about more than direct jobs for one company: it will help thousands more students in Vermont and across the country discover pathways to future success.”
SchoolHack’s comprehensive personalized learning system, LiFT, is currently being used in 25 schools across Vermont. SchoolHack also provides schools with ongoing support from educators with deep experience developing personalized learning programs and curriculum. Vermont school leaders have praised LiFT for helping teachers to connect with students and integrate real-life learning into the school curriculum.
LiFT was developed in collaboration with Green River, a Brattleboro-based software developer. Lipkin said that Green River was the right partner for SchoolHack because of its technological expertise and focus on supporting education technology companies. “Green River is proud to be a part of the SchoolHack solution that helps students create and achieve new learning and career goals”, says Michael Knapp, CEO of Green River. “We’re excited for our partnership to continue, and honored to support more high-quality technology jobs in the state of Vermont.”
Created in 2014, the $10 million Windham County Economic Development Program sets a high bar for its investment criteria, seeking out “transformational new jobs and economic opportunity,” according to Governor Peter Shumlin.
This investment in SchoolHack’s Windham County operation helps to add high tech jobs which is aligned with our region’s CEDS,” said R.T. Brown, Project Manager for the Windham County Economic Development Program. “We are pleased to support an innovative Vermont company in taking the next step to succeed on the national level.”
Source: School Hack Solutions 11.14.2016. SchoolHack Solutions located in Bristol, VT is building software to provide authentic personalized learning for all students. Founded by educators, SchoolHack works with students, districts, teachers, and organizations to create a learning environment where all learning, both in and out of the classroom, counts towards personal and academic success. www.schoolhack.io