Manor ISD Students Benefit from Samsung Sponsorship: Making Virtual Connections Between Industry Professionals and Schools Through Nepris

AUSTIN, Texas – March 1, 2016 – At Manor Independent School district in the Austin area, students have explored a book bonanza, learned about intergalactic travel, measured sources of energy, built companies, met flying foxes, and watched test tubes explode without setting foot outside their classroom. Thanks to a grant from Samsung Austin Semiconductor (SAS), these sessions and dozens more were made possible by Nepris, a cloud-based technology platform, which connects teachers with experts and working professionals for online live interactions with students.

Last year in a limited number of Manor ISD schools, Samsung pilot tested Nepris, which virtually connected teachers and students with Samsung employees and other professionals. Teachers overwhelmingly commended Nepris for how it opened doors and brought exciting live conversations and virtual tours of faraway workspaces to their students. With the positive feedback, Samsung decided to extend the sponsorship for an additional three years. Now every teacher at Manor has the ability to invite thousands of professionals into their classroom for online interactive sessions.

“We have always supported Manor ISD through employee engagement opportunities, but with a technology platform like Nepris, it provides an avenue for Samsung employees to engage with classrooms more frequently versus once or twice a year during career days or onsite visits,” said Melanie Flowers, human resources development manager at SAS.

Nepris is a community of teachers and professionals who want to collaborate with each other but haven’t been able to connect efficiently and effectively until now. Teachers can request a virtual session with professionals, researchers, experts and companies to bring abstract topics to life, to mentor students on projects or evaluate student work. Companies like Samsung can easily engage their employees by offering mock interviews, virtual tours, and “meet the engineer”-like sessions focusing on STEM and the Arts. Any number of classrooms can sign up easily to participate in these online interactive conversations.

Angela Matthews, chief technology officer of Manor ISD describes Nepris as a way to “tear down the walls.” “Our students are able to experience the world outside Manor ISD. The real world is brought directly to them. The students, whether in first grade or seniors in high school, are able to see the connection of what they learn in the classroom to real world experiences. Having professionals interact directly with the students makes the curriculum come to life.”

“At Samsung, our goal is to open students’ eyes and inspire their inquisitive nature. Through Nepris, Samsung employees can make an impact beyond where we can physically travel. Now, our employees can reach students locally or across the globe with the same amount of effort,” added Mrs. Flowers.

Nepris offers teachers the ability to see archived sessions for free, to sign-up for a license to request sessions of their own, or to participate in industry offered sessions at Nepris.com.

 

About Nepris

Dallas-based Nepris gives companies, professionals and experts a way to reach out to and connect with classrooms while providing teachers a way to reach out to and connect with professionals. Through Nepris, classroom learning comes to life in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and the Arts. The planning, connecting and meeting occurs online through the Nepris social community. Sessions range from interactive Q&As with working professionals, to virtual field trips, to project mentorships, to live Shark Tanks. See Nepris in action at Nepris.com/webinar or sign-up as a teacher or professional at Nepris.com.

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By |March 1st, 2016|Nepris press releases, Press Releases, STEM|

OC Pathways, Nepris team up to virtually connect students with industry experts

System makes it easy for classrooms to engage with workplace professionals

COSTA MESA, Calif. – NOV. 2, 2015 – For the first time, Orange County teachers, school counselors and work-based learning coordinators can seamlessly bring business and industry partners – from around the world or down the street – into the classroom virtually and in real-time, thanks to a unique partnership between the OC Pathways initiative and Nepris. Click to Tweet.

Through Nepris.com, students can engage digitally with business professionals and industry experts to talk about potential careers, work on classroom projects or take virtual tours of modern workplaces through interactive, cloud-based sessions. Teachers simply enter their request into the system, specifying the industry sector, topics and learning outcomes. Nepris automatically matches each request with professionals’ qualifications and hosts the interactive sessions.

The project’s rollout is being funded by OC Pathways, a collaborative, countywide initiative that is working to establish clear career paths for students by linking schools and colleges with businesses and community partners. Led by the Orange County Department of Education and Saddleback College, OC Pathways was established in 2014 through a California Career Pathways Trust grant. It now comprises 14 school districts, nine community colleges, two major universities, four regional occupational programs, three workforce investment boards, numerous community partners and more than 100 businesses.

With OC Pathways’ sponsorship, every K-12 and community college teacher within the collaborative will be granted a Nepris license, potentially reaching more than 5,000 students with a platform that has been successfully implemented since 2013 in schools throughout the country. Recently, the Orange Unified School District, an OC Pathways partner, successfully piloted the use of Nepris.

“Industry partners from within Orange County and beyond now will have a direct link with schools to share their expertise, experience and enthusiasm,” said Jeff Hittenberger, chief academic officer for OCDE. “Nepris gives equitable access to every student to experience workplace learning in a real and personal way.”

Making connections between education and careers is an integral part of the mission, vision and values of OC Pathways, which represents one of the first regionalized approaches to promoting college and career readiness while addressing the needs of local industry in priority sectors. Nepris, meanwhile, has the system in place to make these connections easy and effective. The countywide rollout began in October.

“Our primary goal is to show students a pathway from what they learn in school to college, and then into a career,” said Brian Donnelly, executive director of OC Pathways. “Historically, it has been a challenge for students to see that what they are learning in class does have a real connection to life after school. Nepris brings classroom instruction alive in a way that typical classroom instruction cannot.”

At the community college level, OC Pathways’ focus runs parallel with California Community Colleges’ “Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy initiative,” which aligns skills development with jobs. For community colleges to become essential catalysts to California’s economic recovery and job-creation at the local, regional and state levels, students will need to see the relationship between their educational experiences and the jobs they ultimately will pursue.

“Nepris brings a richness to classroom instruction because our students will now be able to talk with people who have already taken their education and turned that into a profession,” said Tony Teng, dean of advanced technology and applied science at Saddleback College, as well as the OC Pathways grant lead for the nine Orange County community colleges.

“Working with the team at Nepris for the past year and a half has been a wonderful experience because they have been supportive at every step,” said Amy Kaufman, work-based learning program specialist for OCDE. “Nepris helps us take our work in integrated academics and project-based learning to a higher level of student engagement. We can’t wait to start working with our local business and industry partners with Nepris to round out this true partnership between education and industry.”

About OC Pathways
The mission of OC Pathways is to facilitate collaboration among schools, colleges and regional business and community partners to ensure that Orange County students are ready for college and career success through participation in learning experiences that integrate rigorous academics and career preparation. OC Pathways is committed to strong educational partnerships, innovative college and career readiness programs, technology-rich and academically engaging learning environments, educational opportunities that support diversity and inclusiveness, engagement with business partners, and the creation of a sustainable Orange County career pathways infrastructure.

About Nepris
Dallas-based Nepris brings STEM to life (and now STEAM, which adds the Arts to science, technology, engineering and mathematics) by connecting professionals with teachers and classrooms who need speakers, project mentors or evaluators for interactive, cloud-based sessions. Nepris makes this a turn-key process: identifying and registering professionals and teachers, matching professionals’ skills to the teachers’ needs, advising on best practices for classroom interaction, hosting the interactive sessions and tracking all the data in a social platform. See Nepris in action at Nepris.com/webinar or sign-up as a teacher or professional at Nepris.com.

Media Contacts:

For OCDE: Ian Hanigan, communications at ocde dot us or 714-966-4008

For Nepris: Jennifer Harrison, jennifer at jharrisonpr dot com or 916-716-0636

By |November 2nd, 2015|Nepris, Nepris press releases, Press Releases, STEM|

OC Pathways, Nepris team up to virtually connect students with industry experts

System makes it easy for classrooms to engage with workplace professionals

COSTA MESA, Calif. – NOV. 2, 2015 – For the first time, Orange County teachers, school counselors and work-based learning coordinators can seamlessly bring business and industry partners – from around the world or down the street – into the classroom virtually and in real-time, thanks to a unique partnership between the OC Pathways initiative and Nepris. Click to Tweet.
Through Nepris.com, students can engage digitally with business professionals and industry experts to talk about potential careers, work on classroom projects or take virtual tours of modern workplaces through interactive, cloud-based sessions. Teachers simply enter their request into the system, specifying the industry sector, topics and learning outcomes. Nepris automatically matches each request with professionals’ qualifications and hosts the interactive sessions.
The project’s rollout is being funded by OC Pathways, a collaborative, countywide initiative that is working to establish clear career paths for students by linking schools and colleges with businesses and community partners. Led by the Orange County Department of Education and Saddleback College, OC Pathways was established in 2014 through a California Career Pathways Trust grant. It now comprises 14 school districts, nine community colleges, two major universities, four regional occupational programs, three workforce investment boards, numerous community partners and more than 100 businesses.

With OC Pathways’ sponsorship, every K-12 and community college teacher within the collaborative will be granted a Nepris license, potentially reaching more than 5,000 students with a platform that has been successfully implemented since 2013 in schools throughout the country. Recently, the Orange Unified School District, an OC Pathways partner, successfully piloted the use of Nepris.

“Industry partners from within Orange County and beyond now will have a direct link with schools to share their expertise, experience and enthusiasm,” said Jeff Hittenberger, chief academic officer for OCDE. “Nepris gives equitable access to every student to experience workplace learning in a real and personal way.”

Making connections between education and careers is an integral part of the mission, vision and values of OC Pathways, which represents one of the first regionalized approaches to promoting college and career readiness while addressing the needs of local industry in priority sectors. Nepris, meanwhile, has the system in place to make these connections easy and effective. The countywide rollout began in October.

“Our primary goal is to show students a pathway from what they learn in school to college, and then into a career,” said Brian Donnelly, executive director of OC Pathways. “Historically, it has been a challenge for students to see that what they are learning in class does have a real connection to life after school. Nepris brings classroom instruction alive in a way that typical classroom instruction cannot.”

At the community college level, OC Pathways’ focus runs parallel with California Community Colleges’ “Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy initiative,” which aligns skills development with jobs. For community colleges to become essential catalysts to California’s economic recovery and job-creation at the local, regional and state levels, students will need to see the relationship between their educational experiences and the jobs they ultimately will pursue.

“Nepris brings a richness to classroom instruction because our students will now be able to talk with people who have already taken their education and turned that into a profession,” said Tony Teng, dean of advanced technology and applied science at Saddleback College, as well as the OC Pathways grant lead for the nine Orange County community colleges.

“Working with the team at Nepris for the past year and a half has been a wonderful experience because they have been supportive at every step,” said Amy Kaufman, work-based learning program specialist for OCDE. “Nepris helps us take our work in integrated academics and project-based learning to a higher level of student engagement. We can’t wait to start working with our local business and industry partners with Nepris to round out this true partnership between education and industry.”

About OC Pathways

The mission of OC Pathways is to facilitate collaboration among schools, colleges and regional business and community partners to ensure that Orange County students are ready for college and career success through participation in learning experiences that integrate rigorous academics and career preparation. OC Pathways is committed to strong educational partnerships, innovative college and career readiness programs, technology-rich and academically engaging learning environments, educational opportunities that support diversity and inclusiveness, engagement with business partners, and the creation of a sustainable Orange County career pathways infrastructure.

About Nepris

Dallas-based Nepris brings STEM to life (and now STEAM, which adds the Arts to science, technology, engineering and mathematics) by connecting professionals with teachers and classrooms who need speakers, project mentors or evaluators for interactive, cloud-based sessions. Nepris makes this a turn-key process: identifying and registering professionals and teachers, matching professionals’ skills to the teachers’ needs, advising on best practices for classroom interaction, hosting the interactive sessions and tracking all the data in a social platform. See Nepris in action at Nepris.com/webinar or sign-up as a teacher or professional at Nepris.com.

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Link on Businesswire: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20151102006546/en
Summary: OC Pathways, a CTE initiative to establish career paths for students, is bringing Nepris to every K-12 and community college teacher within the OC Pathways collaborative, potentially serving 5,000 students.
Tweet: Orange County Dept of Ed news: @OCpathwaystrust partner with @NeprisApp for #CTE. Connecting industry w/ OCPathways K12 & higher ed.
Tags: CTE, careers, education, k12, k-12, community college, STEM, career and technical education, Orange County, Nepris, OCDE, school district, school, student, teacher, OC Pathways, work-based learning, Saddleback College

By |November 2nd, 2015|Nepris press releases, school, STEM|

Nepris wins Dallas Blueprint Awards

Congratulations to Nepris for winning the 2015 Dallas Blueprint awards given to Dallas companies:
“exemplifying best-in-class growth. Creating jobs. Expanding operations. Igniting innovation. Making a regional impact. The Blueprint Awards celebrate companies and organizations that hold these characteristics that make the DFW region a strong economic environment.”

Nepris and other winning companies will be recognized on November 11 at a special gala event at the Sheraton Hotel in Dallas.

By |October 13th, 2015|Nepris, Nepris press releases|

Nepris Releases New Social Features to Forge Stronger Ties Between Schools and STEM Industries

Relationship with LinkedIn for Good Facilitates Skills-based Volunteering

DALLAS – September 29, 2015 – The newest set of features announced today by Nepris allows companies and industry groups to proactively reach out to teachers so they can introduce students to career opportunities and bring real-world relevance to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Industry experts and working professionals from companies, associations and research institutions can now “offer sessions” on topics of their choice and – with Nepris’ new social features – interact more with educators. Nepris has also created a white-label version available for industry groups, associations and regional/statewide STEM coalitions. Click to tweet

Nepris is a cloud-based social platform where teachers and industry professionals connect and collaborate through virtual, interactive sessions and show students science, technology, engineering, the Arts and math applied in the real world. Thousands of such sessions have already been held in schools around the country but in an effort to increase the pool of professionals in its system, Nepris has teamed up with LinkedIn for Good, the social impact arm of LinkedIn, to reach out to professionals who can sign up for skills-based volunteering through Nepris. Over half of Nepris’ industry professionals and experts are now crowd-sourced through LinkedIn where members can discover opportunities best matching their skills and sign up to virtually connect with a classroom. See this article in edSurge for more.

“Offered sessions” are gaining traction among associations seeking career and technical education (CTE) outreach. These are proactively offered by a company, individual or academic institution and cover a variety of topics related to workforce readiness or career pathways. Recent sessions include one on careers in nursing and another on forensic photography hosted by the National Association for the Advancement of Forensic and Investigative Science. Upcoming sessions for October include one on immigration issues hosted by the World Affairs Council of Dallas and another on human-microbe interactions hosted by graduate students from the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center.

“The newest additions to Nepris coupled with our relationship with LinkedIn for Good are contributing to our double digit growth,” said Sabari Raja, CEO and founder of Nepris. “Our vision is to build Nepris as the connection hub for bringing industry groups, professionals and experts together with schools. Nepris users now can follow their favorite topics and people, have active discussions around a completed session, message anyone within the platform without barriers and assign archived videos to students while monitoring their access. These new features directly affect student engagement and open their eyes to career possibilities while adding relevance to classroom instruction.”

About Nepris

Dallas-based Nepris brings STEM to life (and now STEAM, which adds the Arts to science, technology, engineering and mathematics) by connecting professionals with teachers and classrooms who need speakers, project mentors or evaluators for interactive, cloud-based sessions. Nepris makes this a turn-key process: identifying and registering professionals and teachers, matching professionals’ skills to the teachers’ needs, advising on best practices for classroom interaction, hosting the interactive sessions and tracking all the data in a social platform. See Nepris in action at Nepris.com/webinar or sign-up as a teacher or STEM professional at Nepris.com. 

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Contact for the Media: Jennifer Harrison, jennifer at jharrisonpr (dot)com or 916.716.0636

Summary: Nepris brings STEM to life in schools, launches new social features, a white-label version, and industry offered STEM sessions.
Tags: STEM, Nepris, LinkedIn, social media, school, education, classroom, interactive, CTE, career, workforce development, student, k-12, career and technical education
This release on Businesswire: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150929006723/en
Tweet: Nepris news: new social tools = stronger ties btwn schools & #STEM. Working w/ LinkedIn for Good. @NeprisApp

By |September 29th, 2015|Nepris, Nepris press releases, Press Releases, STEM|

Changing the Equation: Randstad US Invests in STEM Education to Help Close Skills Gap

ATLANTA, September 15, 2015 For many young people, the decision to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) begins well before college. As part of its commitment to educate and encourage more students to consider STEM-related careers, Randstad US has partnered with Nepris to virtually connect STEM professionals and other experts with K-12 classrooms throughout the United States. Through a dedicated portal on the Nepris website, Randstad’s network of clients and talent have the opportunity to register as subject matter experts and volunteer to present interactive, cloud-based sessions with students on their areas of expertise.

Read full press release here: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/changing-the-equation-randstad-us-invests-in-stem-education-to-help-close-skills-gap-300143169.html

By |September 15th, 2015|Nepris press releases|

Nepris STEM Solution Wins AAP REVERE Awards for Innovative Education Resources in K-12

DALLAS and LOS ANGELES – June 8, 2015 –  Nepriswhich connects STEM professionals with teachers and their students through cloud-based interactionsis a winner of a 2015 REVERE Award from the Association of American Publishers (AAP). The REVERE Awards are the longest-running and one of the most respected awards in education for recognizing exemplary learning products. Nepris is a cloud-based social platform connecting STEM (and STEaM to add the Arts to science, technology, engineering and math) professionals with teachers and their students. Click to Tweet.

Read full press release here: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150608006179/en#.VXXhfWDbLkg 

By |June 8th, 2015|Nepris press releases|

Education Industry and Publishers Pick Nepris as Finalist in REVERE Awards for Innovative Learning Resources

Making Online, Interactive Connections Between Classrooms and STEM Experts

DALLAS and LOS ANGELES — May 14, 2015 — The REVERE Awards, a program of the Association of American Publishers (AAP) which is the longest-running award in education, announced that Nepris is a finalist in the Supplemental Resources: Innovation category. Nepris is a cloud-based social platform connecting STEM (and now STEaM to add the Arts to science, technology, engineering and math) professionals with teachers and their students. Click to Tweet.

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By |May 14th, 2015|award, Nepris press releases, STEM|

Press Release: WIN Learning and Nepris Form Strategic Content and Technology Partnership

Kingston, TN (PRWEB) April 16, 2015

WIN Learning, developers of the WIN Career Readiness System, and Nepris, a cloud-based platform connecting STEAM (science, technology, engineering, performing arts and math) professionals with teachers and their students, today announced they have entered into a strategic partnership to provide students with opportunities to connect the knowledge and skills they learn in school to the real world.

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By |April 17th, 2015|Nepris, Nepris press releases, Press Releases, STEM|

Nepris is a Finalist in the 2015 EdTech Digest Awards

Nepris— a cloud-based platform connecting STEAM (science, technology, engineering, performing arts and math) professionals with teachers and their students—is a finalist in the 2015 EdTech Digest Awards, which recognizes technology products that are effective in teaching and learning. Nepris makes it possible for teachers to find, match and connect industry professionals virtually with their students to bring real world relevance to classrooms and to inspire them in STEAM careers. Click here to Tweet

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By |March 17th, 2015|award, Nepris, Nepris press releases, Press Releases|

Nepris Connects STEAM Professionals to Schools in the Linked Learning Alliance

OAKLAND, Calif – February 10, 2015 Schools in Porterville Unified, Long Beach Unified and Oakland Unified school districts in the Linked Learning Alliance are receiving full access to Nepris— a cloud-based platform connecting STEAM (science, technology, engineering, performing arts and math) professionals with teachers and their students—thanks to a grant from The James Irvine Foundation. Nepris makes it possible for teachers to have online, interactive sessions between students and professionals so that the students can learn first-hand about STEAM.

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By |February 11th, 2015|Nepris, Nepris press releases, Press Releases, STEM|

District Administration Reports Nepris is One of the Top Education Products

DALLAS–January 8, 2015–Nepris is heading into 2015 with recognition from District Administration magazine, which picked Nepris as one of the 100 Top Products being used by schools. Nepris—a cloud-based platform connecting STEAM (science, technology, engineering, Arts and math) professionals with teachers—manages the end-to-end process including matching professionals’ skills to teachers’ needs and hosting the interactive sessions that bring STEAM relevancy to the classroom.

Read more on BusinessWire.

By |January 16th, 2015|award, Nepris, Nepris press releases, Press Releases, STEM|

Nepris Wins Teachers’ Choice Award for the Classroom from Learning Magazine

DALLAS – December 3, 2014 – Learning Magazine recently announced that Nepris is a winner of the Learning® Magazine 2015 Teachers’ Choice ℠Award for the Classroom. Nepris—a cloud-based platform connecting STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) professionals with teachers—manages the end-to-end process including matching professionals’ skills to teachers’ needs and hosting the interactive sessions that bring STEM relevancy to the classroom. Click to Tweet.

Read full press release here: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/12/prweb12368028.htm%20

By |December 3rd, 2014|award, Nepris, Nepris press releases, Press Releases|

Press release: Nepris Wins Awards of Excellence for “Outstanding Education Technology”



Recognizes Nepris for Connecting Teachers with STEM Professionals for Virtual Sessions

DALLAS – November 17, 2014 – Nepris has been named by Tech & Learning magazine as a top Click to Tweet.

education technology product for K-12 schools. Nepris is a cloud-based platform that virtually connects professionals to classrooms for online, interactive discussions covering the spectrum of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers.

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By |November 18th, 2014|Nepris, Nepris press releases, Press Releases, STEM|

Bridging the Gap Virtually: Companies Outreach to Schools Simplified and Systemized with Nepris

200 companies participate in virtual sessions about STEM with Nepris since January launch.
Dallas (PRWEB) July 22, 2014 Students better grasp abstract concepts like ratios when a working architect shows them how mathematics affects building design. Few professionals, however, have the time to drive to a school or they are ill-prepared for translating their professional work into concepts students understand. Nepris has now bridged that gap for over 200 companies.
Read More: http://www.prweb.com/releases/nepris/hks/prweb12034023.htm 

By |July 22nd, 2014|Nepris, Nepris press releases, Press Releases|