Dream2Career, LLC, a boutique marketing agency, is proud to announce the launch of Tiolita, a social media platform for jobs, education, and opportunity.
Individuals from all genders, races, ages, classes, and communities can converge around similar career interests not affiliation or affliction. This community of learning is built to be engaging and supportive so that schools thrive and businesses can quickly access and engage with qualified talent. The Tiolita platform is inspiring the next generation workforce by uncovering opportunities for education and growth.
Dr. Kathleen Houlihan, Founder and CEO of Dream2Career stated that, “With over 40 million people out of work, schools and businesses need to be able to engage in conversations that inspire innovation in workforce development. Using Tiolita, users have searchable access to local learning experiences, career on-ramps, and advice from SMEs regarding pathways to dream careers.”
Business leaders and educators are working together to demonstrate their commitment in fostering diversity and inclusion as they build meaningful connections. Tiolita is built on the Horizontal Industry Framework, which allows for targeted messages in a cluster-focused way.
Dream2Career, LLC(D2C) is a women-owned ed-tech startup that promotes career on-ramps through impactful social engagement. D2C is committed to offering reliable content that is balanced with captivating storytelling so users of our unique platforms can find and prepare for dream careers.
Dream2Career, LLC, a business specializing in promoting synergies between workforce and education, is proud to announce national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the WBEC-EAST, a regional certifying partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).
Dr. Kathleen Houlihan, Founder and CEO of Dream2Career stated that, “The WBENC certification has provided countless opportunities to engage with corporations through their supplier diversity network. My only regret is that we did not learn about WBENC sooner because their engaging and informative seminars are essential and highly regarded by leaders of female-led businesses.”
WBENC’s national standard of certification implemented by the WBEC-EAST is a meticulous process including an in-depth review of the business and site inspection. The certification process is designed to confirm the business is at least 51% owned, operated, and controlled by a woman or women.
By including women-owned businesses among their suppliers, corporations and government agencies demonstrate their commitment to fostering diversity and the continued development of their supplier diversity programs.
Dream2Career(D2C) is a boutique marketing agency that promotes career on-ramps through impactful social engagement. D2C is committed to offering curated, unbiased, reliable content that is balanced with captivating storytelling so users of our unique platforms can find and prepare for dream careers. To learn more about Dream2Career, LLC, please visit www.dream2career.org.
Founded in 1997, WBENC is the nation’s leader in women’s business development and the leading third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women, with more than 13,000 certified Women’s Business Enterprises, 14 national Regional Partner Organizations, and over 300 Corporate Members. More than 1,000 corporations representing America’s most prestigious brands as well as many states, cities, and other entities accept WBENC Certification. For more information, visit www.wbenc.org.
When there are strong connections between businesses and schools, students effectively prepare for sustainable careers that they love. There are many examples of these connections happening around the globe and the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted new innovative ways for schools and businesses to connect. Here are a few highlights from Sabari Raja, a CEO whose company is innovating to offer summer camps that help parents to keep students engaged as they learn about cool careers.
Sabari Raja, CEO Nepris, Inc.
The world is forever grateful for Sabari Raja, CEO and Co-Founder of Nepris, Inc. whose company has positively impacted over 450,000 students by bringing real-world relevance and digital career exposure into the classroom.
Sabari discussed sociologist Mark Granovetter’s work on the strength of weak ties during her TedTalk this past April. She explained how weak ties diffuse information through the network, which helps learning and development. Weak ties provide access to new ideas that inspire questions, engagement, and a deeper understanding about, in this case, careers and industry. Nepris uses Granovetter’s philosophy to connect students to learning opportunities with experts in fun and engaging ways. This media platform allows educators to work with industry to access subject matter experts that engage with students so they can learn about emerging careers.
Sabari’s innovative solution is fundamentally changing the work-learn ecosystem by providing opportunities for students to discover career opportunities that they may not have known existed. Nepris, Inc. engages with students typically through the classroom experience, but this summer they are offering a new opportunity for home-based engagement to aid families impacted by COVID-19 by offering summer camps. The weak ties developed through these fun learning experiences will inspire and develop camp goers’ career understanding so that they can reach beyond their local environment and circumstances. These engagements inspire hope and a sense of belonging, as we continue to social distance.
Sabari understands the value of stepping out of her comfort zone and connecting with people around the world. She had a choice to stay in her small town in India and to only be influenced by her inherited network, but luckily for the world, she understood the value of connections in helping her to live her best life. Sabari says “I am fortunate to have the opportunity to pursue my passion while creating social impact …success automatically follows when you are doing the things you believe in and giving it your 100%.” She is helping to create a connection to industry beyond the classroom by creating a cultural shift that illustrates the positive social impact that Nepris has on education and student development.
The success that Nepris, Inc is experiencing did not happen overnight. There were many challenges that Sabari faced. She says “After a year of trying to build a product and a market, it didn’t get off the ground. I had to shut it down. It was the most difficult year of my professional career because you start questioning every decision but now that I look back that year is when I learned my most valuable lessons about entrepreneurship that I was able to apply to starting Nepris.”
Sabari feels compelled to engage with other entrepreneurs because she believes they have empathy about how difficult and rewarding entrepreneurship is as a career pathway. She also sees entrepreneurial leadership being infused into schools. Some schools offer the opportunity to use critical thinking to help to solve business problems. Sabari is in support of reimagining education in this way. She believes Cajon Valley Unified (CVU), a K-8 school district in San Diego, “has done a great job of integrating career exposure and real world connections into students’ everyday learning experiences.” Because of their real-world learning framework, CVU quickly developed digital resources for families so they can continue the virtual connection between workforce and education from home during the COVID-19 crisis.
Virtual learning organizations have stepped up to aid traditional schools during the crisis. Sabari indicated that Nepris partners with K12, Inc., and she believes they “…have gone above and beyond” to offer access to all types of experiential learning programs to students across the country.” K12 developed an entire suite of online and blended educational services and curriculum to ensure impactful learning continues at a distance.
It is clear from this research that it is critically important to continue to identify ways that society can reimagine education through digital engagement and the utilization of the strength of weak ties to guide collaboration between businesses and learning environments.
According to Internet Live Stats there are more than 1.7 billion websites. That number does not include the actual number of pages of content on each website. Just to provide a context for this number, small companies will easily have over 100 pages of content so it is difficult to comprehend the actual volume of data that is available online. This statistic becomes even more distorted when adding personal content like blog posts and other types of digital and social media. It is clear why the internet is a quagmire when looking for quality information.
What can be even more frustrating is that the websites with the most insightful information are never seen by the masses because these types of researchers, teachers, and developers lack the resources or the interest to “ranking number one on Google”. These educators want to provide information that is useful and will help others on their pathway to success. That is why it is critical to re-imagine education so that those who have the answers can simply connect virtually with those seeking a solution to that specific problem.
Dream2Career is re-imagining and simplifying the digital network for work-based learning experiences by connecting the learning provider and with interested students. When students, parents, and educators get together with businesses and schools, learning happens and pathways emerge leading users to their dream careers. Educational agents work with the best learning programs and event providers to help students find and answer the question, “What should I do with the rest of my life?”. We help learning communities promote solutions, best practices, and mentorship in ways that supports the needs and curiosity of the student.
Dream2Career is designed to help businesses and schools promote programs and events to those interested in each specific discipline. Every program is not right for every student and Dream2Career has a mission of helping students connect with the right resources leading to their dream careers. We do this by using our marketing expertise and an algorithm that is built upon the career clusters identified by the Department of Education and encompasses opportunities that highlight the 1100+ jobs identified by the Department of Labor. We work with schools and businesses to provide free access to resources that match and engage students and educators with local and virtual opportunities so they can be inspired about the future world of work.
Dream2Career challenges educational leaders to participate in 90 Days to a Career-Ready America. Schools and businesses that offer online experiences like webinars, courses, certificates, badges, degree programs, activities, virtual tours, educational games, learning communities, presentations, camps, educational kits, internships, mentorships, scholarships, incubators, or events for students of any age or ability, can post these experiences in a new way. Dream2Career quickly connects learning experiences with the appropriate types of students based on their individual interest profiles.
Access to information has become a challenge because there is so much of it. Many organizations are posting lists of online learning resources for students. This is helpful, yet it takes too long for students and parents read through and check each website regarding all the of opportunities on the list, most of which do not apply to each unique circumstance. These lists are all encompassing and consequently, poorly match to what each specific the learner is trying to achieve. Dream2Career filters learning experiences based on the user’s interests so students can quickly find the relevant information to immediately begin the learning process that matches their interests and aspirations.
Dream2Career is a women-led tech startup that developed a platform for schools and businesses to post online learning experiences in a student-focused way. Students, parents, educators, and career seekers need a resource that quickly matches needs and interests to the appropriate learning on-ramps. Using a unique algorithm, the platform integrates users interests and filters them through the Department of Education’s career clusters making it easy for users to receive only relevant learning experiences.
Some of the Best Planning Occurs in “Captivation”
Because of “shelter in place” rules, families are going to want to find tools that are useful in finding quality experiences to do at home. This unusual form of confinement offers individuals time to plan for their dream life and the best free tool to help families with this process is Dream2Career. NPR followed a group of inmates who completed degrees in prison and found that the learning experiences were able to inspire hope by making the time in confinement easier and more productive. It is important to be able to see beyond our “incarceration” to life after this horrible pandemic. Using this newly found time to learn and to grow will inspire new ideas and it will create opportunities for a more promising future.
When we learn about things that interest us, innovation and prosperity await us on other side of this national disaster. Students, parents, mentors, and educators can register for free and we will email learning experiences that match the completed interest profile.
There is a desperate need for an interest matching solution for education like Amazon’s marketplace for products. Dream2Career, a women-owned tech startup, is working on this problem for students and career-seekers across the nation. There are so many different types of programs and learning opportunities, traditional and non-traditional pathways, certificates, badges, camps, hackathons, apprenticeships, internships, incubators, scholarships, etc. that students can’t easily find the best learning program for them without having to review multiple websites and pages of information. Students have wasted hours researching, using dreaded search engines, to find experiences only to miss the best learning opportunities leading to high demand and emerging careers. The complexity of the educational system makes interest and opportunity matching extremely difficult without a dedicated search tool.
Furthermore, educational institutions are forced to spend up to 6% of their operating budget on marketing which includes buying keywords that consequently, result in fewer and fewer additional prospective student views of their educational programs. The lack of an integrated network results in rising tuition costs, less student satisfaction, and decreased retention rates. The net result is under-educated communities that fail to meet the needs of local businesses.
The nation needs a work-based learning network that is designed, specifically to pinpoint and match user interests and requirements with local learning experiences designed for them. Dream2Career worked with students, educators, businesses, and the D&I community to design the Edu-Advisor platform where users can find categories of interest and quickly locate learning on-ramps and experiences. Dream2Career is also offering users the opportunity to sign up today and receive future updates about local learning experiences that match career interests. Dream2Career is also designing an Edu-Advisor app, but until then, it is best to subscribe here to keep up to date and to start living your dream life.
Imagine a world where learning experiences were organized based on interests and where the system made recommendations of similar learning opportunities. How cool would this solution be? Enter the keywords or searchable fields organized into six mega clusters, and have access to local events and programs that put students, parents, educators and career-seekers on pathways to success. No longer would there be a need to find the company and then hope they have a learning program for you to get your foot in the door. No longer would there be a need to pick a school and then hope they have your major or program of interest. No longer would families struggle to find fun and educational places to go and things to do together. Communities would begin to work on discovering, growing, and thriving as they work towards a common goal–Prosperity through education and connection!