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Verizon launches workforce re-skilling pilot

A workforce training development program that's part of Verizon’s re-skilling initiative on Wednesday announced a pilot program offering free online skills training through colleges. The pilot is another step towards the partnership’s goal of training 500,000 tech workers by 2030. The free, full-time training, which includes jobs in digital marketing, IT support, full stack development and cloud services, is delivered by Generation, a nationwide workforce training nonprofit. Emily Bamforth reports.

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New Jersey, Rutgers U. choose vendor for CAV testing

Rutgers University’s transportation center on Thursday selected a vendor to design a “smart mobility” testing ground that state and local agencies plan to use for connected and autonomous vehicle research. The university’s Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation will work with Iteris, a company that develops traffic-measuring sensors and software, to design and implement a vehicle test site near Rutgers’ New Brunswick campus. It will also be open to state and local government agencies, including the New Jersey Department of Transportation. Ryan Johnston has the full story on StateScoop.

A new chatbot for higher education

Juji, an AI-powered chatbot company that was co-founded by a former IBM Watson researcher, announced on Thursday the launch of a new virtual agent tailored for higher education. According to the company, its new product was designed to meet the needs of university administrators, including fielding massive queues of repetitive questions from prospective students, supporting remote learners and serving as counselors’ aides to streamline information-gathering. Colin Wood has the details.

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