Wadhwani Foundation

By Chopra, Rishi | The Catalyst, January 1, 2015 | Go to article overview

Wadhwani Foundation


Chopra, Rishi, The Catalyst


The Wadhwani Foundation is a nonprofit private philanthropic foundation whose focus is to place students into well-paying jobs through its Race to a Job program, (RTAJ). The mission of RTAJ is to dramatically enhance student employability whilst reducing learning times and costs and improving completion. To achieve these outcomes the foundation developed a learner centric massively open on-line system delivered in a hybrid model that scales existing successful workforce development programs in collaboration with American Community Colleges, Community Based Organizations (CBOs), Training Unions and Industry Partners. With a vision to skill and employ millions of mid-skill workers in the U.S., RTAJ seeks to combine best-in-class workforce development (job programs) and delivery systems with advanced educational technology to transform and scale workforce education delivery. A Skills Education Portal in partnership with Industry and Academia is planned to provide curriculum from best-in-class workforce training programs delivered in modularized form through a cloudbased portal and existing delivering organizations.

We are currently working on two blended training projects (in the sectors of allied health and information technology), developing lessons for medical assistant students and cyber security students, that will teach at least 50% of the content on-line and at least 25% of the content in-class. It is our objective to increase completion rates, decrease the time and cost of obtaining a degree and to increase job placement through enhanced employer engagement. We are working with our primary partners, the Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York (BMCC) and the Community Health Care Association of New York (CHCANYS) to develop our medical assistant lessons and Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland for our cyber security lessons. …

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