Apex Learning Acquires Youth Digital Project-Based Technology Courses
SEATTLE, WA— 2018 – Apex Learning, a recognized pioneer and innovator in online learning for secondary education, is delighted to announce the acquisition of Youth Digital’s library of project-based technology courses. In courses ranging from coding and design to gaming and animation, students are empowered to go beyond being tech users to become creators. Students use industry-standard tools to complete projects such as developing an iOS or Android app, creating a 3D video game, or designing a fashion collection.
Founded in 2010 and based in the Research Triangle Park in North Carolina, Youth Digital is committed to making technology education accessible to K–12 students globally. Since its inception, the company has reached more than 100,000 students through its popular summer camp programs and expanding portfolio of introductory and advanced online courses. Students from more than 100 countries have enrolled in Youth Digital’s online technology courses.
“We partnered with Apex Learning because we believe in the company’s mission to expand learning opportunities for middle and high school students,” said Justin Richards, CEO, Youth Digital. “This acquisition will provide even more students with access to technology courses, empowering them to go beyond what they believe they are capable of, which has the potential to fundamentally change the trajectory of their lives.”
Apex Learning will provide online support from experts to students enrolled in the technology courses to ensure they can successfully complete their coursework and projects. This gives school districts the opportunity to offer technology courses even if they don’t have teachers with expertise in the industry-standard tools, providing equitable access to all students.
“Not only is technology ubiquitous in the lives of today’s students, it has become as essential as reading, writing and arithmetic to prepare students for the future," said Cheryl Vedoe, CEO, Apex Learning. “These technology courses engage students in problem-solving and critical thinking. Such skills and competencies are important to prepare students for the future and are applicable to any career, whether in technology or not.”
Ten technology courses will be available from Apex Learning for the 2019-2020 school year with the first of these courses available in January 2019. For more details about these technology courses, visit: https://www.apexlearning.com/technology-courses.
Parchman Vaughan & Company represented Youth Digital in this transaction.
About Youth Digital
Youth Digital offers a compelling mix of online courses that teach students the critical technology concepts and skills that they will need to be successful in today’s digital world. With courses designed to be fun, interactive, and rewarding, students become digital creators through their breakthrough learning platform and cutting-edge curriculum. Students watch video tutorials, respond to questions, earn badges, complete interactive quizzes, and attempt challenging assignments as they step toward mastering key technology skills and professional-level software.
About Apex Learning
Schools and districts nationwide implement Apex Learning digital curriculum to personalize the learning experience and support success for all students-from those who are struggling to those capable of accelerating. Proven to increase outcomes, Apex Learning digital curriculum actively engages students in learning, with embedded supports and scaffolds to meet the needs of diverse learners. During the most recent school year, there were more than 3.6 million enrollments in Apex Learning digital curriculum. Headquartered in Seattle, Apex Learning is accredited by AdvancED and its courses are approved for National Collegiate Athletic Association eligibility. For more information, visit www.apexlearning.com/contact or call 1.800.453.1454.