The Ontario government has announced that Kitchener’s Desire2Learn, an e-learning company serving both education institutions and private organizations, has received a $4.25 million grant from the Province.
The grant will create 21 jobs, and sustain a further 33 existing jobs.
Desire2Learn produces learning software for all manner of audiences; K–12 students, post-secondary students and employees in government and health care. They produce a full suite of software for education, including tools for students to connect with each other and instructors. Instructors can post grades and mark assignments, and both students and instructors can monitor their progress online. Perhaps most valuably, students can use Desire2Learn’s software to save an online portfolio of successful assignments to show to potential employers or others later.
Cambridge Now! had comments from provincial ministers Sandra Pupatello and John Milloy.
“Desire2Learn has demonstrated a real commitment to research and development. We’re proud to support their latest investment that will help the company grow its share of the global eLearning market," said Sandra Pupatello, Minister of Economic Development and Trade who wasn't able to attend today's announcement at Desire2Learns headquarters at the Digital Media Hub, in the Tannery Building in Kitchener's downtown.
“Great ideas create great jobs. As Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, and MPP for Kitchener Centre, I am proud that Desire2Learn’s software is making learning more accessible for students around the world while creating jobs here in Waterloo Region," said John Milloy, who made the presentation on Minister Pupatello's behalf.
For more information on Desire2Learn, click here.