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    As part of National Domestic Violence (DV) Awareness Month in October, Milady, our beauty and wellness higher education brand, partnered with the Professional Beauty Association to promote a free, 1-hour DV awareness course. Thanks to beauty professionals’ close and trusted relationships with clients, once properly trained, they are uniquely positioned to recognize signs of domestic violence and be their clients’ first line of support during difficult and dangerous situations. 1,897 beauty professionals and future beauty professionals enrolled and 74% have already completed the course. The team also dressed up for Purple Thursday - a national day of action to raise awareness about domestic violence. Kudos to Milady for the meaningful work!

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    To celebrate National STEM Day, we asked Majd Yazbeck, Director of Software Engineering, what advice she would give to someone who is considering a career in STEM. She said, “If STEM is an area you enjoy, go for it. Be confident and comfortable being you; go for what you believe in. If you are a woman in STEM and feel out of place, don’t let the idea of you being the only woman in a meeting stop you or make you doubt yourself. Hopefully in years to come this will not even be a point to consider.” She explains that “I have been lucky enough in my career to have been in settings where I don’t feel I’m treated differently because I am a woman. Throughout my career, I’ve had both female and male mentors. At Cengage Group specifically, I have recently seen an increased emphasis on supporting women in tech (WiT) through our hiring process and our WIT Employee Resource Group, where women can learn from and lean on each other.” Majd says that she enjoys working in STEM because she likes to “contribute to creative and innovative projects and participate in anything that takes grit."

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    This month we held our second annual virtual global Wellness Week, which featured health and mindfulness challenges and wellness programming across the globe tailored to each region. As part of this, our employees in 11 territories across the Asia region hosted a 10-day ‘Sparkle Photo Challenge’ where employees shared pictures of positive everyday moments, things that make their lives brighter, or ‘sparkle’. The purpose of this challenge was to practice positive thinking and see experiences as opportunities instead of obstacles. The challenge was a great success, as over 100 employees shared photos of things that excited them, from fresh produce to sweet treats, art, exercise, pets, and much more. Thanks to Theresa L., Finance Manager, Mui Kian T., Credit Executive, Nuththakanya V., Operations Executive, and Lee Hong T., Senior Marketing Manager for sharing their photos from the challenge.

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    What green changes can you make at work or school? ♻ Our GREEN Employee Resource Group (ERG) posed this question to its members and gathered some great tips that we couldn’t help but share. Casey M. reminded her colleagues to turn off their computers at the end of the day to conserve energy. Luke B. says that he chooses to walk his daughter to Kindergarten rather than drive since the school is so close by. Rachel T. reminds us that if you don’t make your coffee at home, you can still bring a reusable cup to your favorite coffee shop. Jared M. tells us that his family has been using Lunchskins reusable sandwich and snack bags for years, it is a great alternative to single use plastic. These small changes can make a big impact – what green habits have you discovered this year?

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    It’s time to destigmatize vocational schools to better support all learners who seek to improve their lives and achieve their dreams through education. Employers, organizations, and the education system must evolve to create better opportunities for work-based learning, both in-person and virtually. With job openings and unemployment at a record high, employers still can’t find enough skilled workers to fill their roles. One of the largest and most persistent issues is the stigma that surrounds career and technical education. With misconceptions running rampant, enrollment in vocational schools has continued to decrease, significantly impacting the economy. Our education system is contributing to this problem. Cengage Group recently hosted a LinkedIn Live event to raise awareness about the stigma that still surrounds trade education. Watch the recording of our EducationLIVE to listen to Jane Oates, President of Working Nation and former U.S. Department of Labor official, Eric Rubio, Heavy Duty Truck Instructor and Air Force Veteran, and Cengage Group CEO Michael Hansen discuss this

    With job openings and unemployment at a record high, employers still can't find enough skilled workers to fill their roles. One of the largest and most persi...

    With job openings and unemployment at a record high, employers still can't find enough skilled workers to fill their roles. One of the largest and most persi...

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    Susan Dratwa (Borofsky) is an Engineering Manager and admits that, in technology, women “still do not have the numbers we would like in the industry.” But she feels strongly that “we have a seat at the table.” Susie is a member of our Women in Tech (WiT) Employee Resource Group (ERG) and was recently recognized as Member of the Month for her efforts to inspire and empower women. Susie advises women to pursue their passion for technology, saying “There is a place for you. You will find acceptance and the ability to bring your authentic self to work.” Being an active member of WiT has helped her to “achieve my professional goals as a manager, connect with other women leaders at Cengage Group, and build a network that has encouraged me to grow my leadership skills and learn from other’s experiences.” Congrats Susie!

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    Education technology is a constantly evolving industry – and we’re proud to have employees who have stuck with us for decades! How do they maintain their energy and creativity? As Mary Ann P., Senior Account Executive, who has been with us since our beginnings in 1990 explains, it’s all about being “adaptable and open to new and unknown experiences. Staying stagnant and static aren’t options in this industry and that is a good thing – working here offers me opportunities to learn and grow every day.” She added, “another thing that has kept me around for 31 years is this company’s commitment to service – at Cengage Group it’s about more than just the sale; it’s about supporting our customers all the way through the process.”

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    Congrats to our 2021 employee scholarship recipients! Students - who are all family members of employees - are selected through a nomination process based on factors like academic record, leadership and participation in school and community activities, and work experience. This year, we renewed 34 scholarships and awarded 18 new students with a $1,500 merit-based scholarship, designed to help them in efforts to start or continue a 2-year or 4-year degree, or post-secondary vocation school. Andrew Levy, son of Debra Levy, Customer Success Manager, was chosen as one of this year's recipients. Debra expressed that, “I am lucky to work for a company that supports its employees and their kids with an opportunity to get a college scholarship. My son, Andrew, was valedictorian of his high school class and was recently accepted into the Freshman Science Honors program at the University of Southern California. I am proud that he is continuing his educational journey and pursuing his dreams of becoming a medical researcher.”

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    We’re proud to introduce Cengage Group – our new, go forward corporate brand. Showcasing the strength of our portfolio of global brands, today, we step forward unified in our mission to support all learners who seek an education to improve their lives and achieve their dreams. For more than 100 years, we’ve supported millions of students and educators no matter the goal – learning English, upskilling, earning a degree, supporting college or career readiness in high school, and more. Our scalable, synergistic businesses across higher education, workforce skills, English language teaching, secondary education and research markets make a real impact. Cengage Group is the sum of many important parts – all of which share a deep commitment to students. Learn more here: https://bit.ly/3k21skB

    Showcasing the strength of our portfolio of global brands, today, we step forward unified in our mission to support all learners who seek an education to imp...

    Showcasing the strength of our portfolio of global brands, today, we step forward unified in our mission to support all learners who seek an education to imp...

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    Our EOY results for fiscal year 2021 marked an inflection point for us. With growth driven by our digital-first strategy in higher ed, we've also seen an explosion in demand from learners pursuing alternate education pathways to gain job-ready skills. We're proud to be making an impact at scale by prioritizing education for employment - hear more from our CEO Michael Hansen on our path forward.

    It has been a big day for Cengage; and for me as a CEO, it has been a moment of real optimism about our impact on learners and go-forward trajectory. Earlier today, we announced our end of year results for fiscal year 2021, which marked an inflection point for Cengage.

    It has been a big day for Cengage; and for me as a CEO, it has been a moment of real optimism about our impact on learners and go-forward trajectory. Earlier today, we announced our end of year results for fiscal year 2021, which marked an inflection point for Cengage.

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