CAREER EXPLORATION STARTUP HIRES SEASONED EDTECH EXEC TO SUPPORT EXPANSION OF ONLINE PROGRAMS FOR YOUNG ADULTS

Chris Edwards brings 15 years experience in higher ed to Qubed Education, and will expand partnerships between universities and major industry brands.

NEW YORK -- Jan. 10, 2018 -- Qubed Education, a unique education company that provides online courses to help students explore careers in industries aligned with their passions, today announced that edtech veteran Chris Edwards will join as executive vice president of partnerships.

“Qubed brings together the best of higher education with esteemed industry experts to create meaningful opportunities for young people to explore fields they’re passionate about,” said Rob Kingyens, president and CEO of Qubed Education. “We’re excited to have Chris join us to expand these unique partnerships, and help us meet the growing demand among students and would-be-career changers. Chris’s familiarity with higher ed, understanding of the issues and deep commitment to social impact will be invaluable.”

Edwards has spent more than 15 years building partnerships in education for well known companies like Hobsons, Civitas Learning and Instructure. Most recently, he served as vice president of strategic partnerships at Helix Education, where he worked to help colleges and universities build successful online programs implement and manage new growth initiatives. At Civitas Learning, Edwards helped the build the initial cohort of universities leveraging predictive analytics to support student success.

“The earlier students can make connections between their interests, education, and careers, the better prepared they are to succeed. Digital learning enables us to bring best-in-class teaching, and unique career guidance around industries like fashion, design, and sports, ” Edwards said. “I am excited to join the innovative, creative team at Qubed, who are working to ensure that more students have these opportunities.

In Edwards’ role as executive vice president of partnerships, he will work with colleges and university partners to develop new online programs that marry faculty expertise with real-world insights from industry experts.

Qubed Education currently offers online courses, taught by professors and industry leaders, from the Fashion Institute of Technology on the beauty industry, from the Parsons School of Design on the fashion industry and from Columbia University on sports management. Their industry partners and contributors from globally-recognized brands include Conde Nast, Teen Vogue, Allure, the National Football League, the National Basketball Association and Sephora.