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Viridis

Viridis

Empowering the middle skill workforce to pursue lifelong career pathways

  • Sector
    Workforce Development

  • Region
    America

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    First Year of Investment
    2017

The Challenge

Millions of people feel that the American Dream is out of reach. Education and economic growth are inextricably linked, yet there are nearly 6.5 million young adults who are neither in school or working, lacking the skills needed to advance in their careers.

While low-income students struggle to earn even two-year degrees or professional certifications, two-thirds of America’s new jobs will require some college background by 2020. Without access to opportunities that can lead to stable careers, these men and women will remain unable to take part in the nation’s economy, creating greater social and economic strain.

The Innovation

Viridis connects community colleges and their students to employers with middle-skilled positions based on competency. The company’s cloud-based platform integrates student and employment information while leveraging real-time data on market demand to match targeted candidates to job vacancies. The talent management platform uses technology, along with multiple data sets, to more effectively connect students to sustainable career paths and allow employers to hire based on verified skills rather than only resumes and credentials.

The company’s core offering, the Universal Skills Passport™, also helps schools to track student success and improve their curriculum while enabling students to monitor their development, uncover opportunities on their own and make informed career decisions.

The Impact

Viridis brings attention to capable community college students who may have been overlooked by employers due to a lack of degrees and certificates. By providing them opportunities to land better-suited jobs with the potential for growth, the platform supports long-term career success, greater mobility and higher salaries for low-income men and women across the United States.

Middle-skilled jobs, which currently comprise of 53% of the openings, are a vital pathway to the middle-class for low-income men and women. Since its founding, Viridis has partnered with 24 colleges across the United States, reaching more than 325,000 students.

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