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Interplay Learning and DBAKE Foundation Join Forces to Launch Construction Trade Pre-Apprenticeship Programs

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New program provides earn-while-you-learn trades training for underserved participants.

AUSTIN, Texas, July 10, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Interplay Learning, the leading provider of immersive skilled trades training, has proudly announced its partnership with the DBAKE Foundation, a St. Louis-based non-profit organization dedicated to promoting construction trades education for underserved youth. DBAKE is integrating Interplay Academy job-ready certificate programs into their paid, six-week pre-apprenticeship program to help young people gain job-ready skills and find fulfilling careers in the skilled trades.

Founded in 2022 by general contractor Annamarie Baker, the DBAKE Foundation is on a mission to fulfill the vision of her late son, Damion Baker, by creating awareness around trades careers and providing greater access to leading career training for underrepresented residents of St. Louis.

Commencing in September 2024, DBAKE’s earn-while-you-learn, six-week pre-apprenticeship program will feature Interplay Academy job-ready certificate pathways in HVAC, plumbing, electrical, construction, multi-family maintenance, building maintenance, and appliances. Leveraging immersive 3D simulations, VR, and high-impact video content, the pathways will guide learners from zero trades skills to job-ready. Curated training paths, combined with career support and in-person instruction, will lead participants to safely work towards earning an Interplay Learning Job-Ready Certificate and industry-recognized certifications like OSHA10 and EPA 608.

“As I strive to fulfill my son’s vision and empower underserved youth in our community, DBAKE’s partnership with Interplay Learning marks a pivotal moment in our journey,” said Annamarie Baker, founder, DBAKE Foundation. “With Interplay’s innovative technology, we’re not only modernizing education; we’re increasing access to careers that will unlock so much potential in our community.”

One standout feature of Interplay Learning’s training is its video game-like approach, making learning engaging and enjoyable for participants. This innovative method resonates with today’s tech-savvy youth, facilitating their engagement with the material and comprehension of complex trade skills.

Employ St. Louis will host the inaugural class with R&R Marketplace in Dellwood, a revitalized community hub. A job fair at the end of the program will facilitate direct connections between learners and potential employers, while DBAKE Foundation’s deep industry connections to major employers and union partners will ensure that graduates can transition smoothly into structured registered apprenticeships and employment opportunities.

“At Interplay, our goal has always been to equip individuals with the tools for success in the trades,” said Doug Donovan, CEO and founder, Interplay Learning. “This partnership with the DBAKE Foundation highlights our dedication to making a real impact in communities, bridging gaps, and creating opportunities. Together, we’re forging a future where every aspiring tradesperson can thrive.”

For more information about the DBAKE Foundation and how you can donate, visit https://givebutter.com/2qP1s9 or email abaker@dbake.org

About the DBAKE Foundation
The DBAKE Foundation, established by Annamarie Baker, is a St. Louis-based non-profit organization dedicated to advancing construction trades education for underserved youth while honoring the memory of her late son, Damion Baker. Through high-quality training programs and strategic partnerships, the foundation aims to empower young people to pursue fulfilling careers in the skilled trades, thus fulfilling Damion’s vision and legacy.

About Interplay Learning
Austin-based Interplay Learning is the industry leader in immersive training solutions for the skilled trades. Interplay’s acclaimed SkillMill training platform enables rapid upskilling and empowers new technicians to be job-ready within weeks, not years. Featuring expert-led videos, hands-on 3D simulations, knowledge checks, and personalized learning paths, SkillMill is more scalable and engaging than traditional training. Leveraging advanced technologies like AI and VR, Interplay is reshaping the future of online skilled trades training, delivering highly effective learning experiences that result in better careers and better lives.

Recent accolades include Fast Company’s 2024 Most Innovative Companies in the World, AHR’s 2024 Innovation Award, Forbes’ 2023 America’s Best Startup Employers, 2022 Inc. 5000 list, and 2022 Inc. Best in Business list. Visit www.interplaylearning.com to learn more.

MEDIA CONTACT: 
Heather Ripley
Ripley PR
(865) 977-1973
hripley@ripleypr.com

 

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tKash Celebrates 1st Anniversary with Major Milestones and Exciting Promotions

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Achieving 100,000 Registrations, International Reach, and Celebratory Promotions Highlight tKash’s Remarkable First Year

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, July 19, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — tKash, a pioneering financial services app, is celebrating its first anniversary with notable achievements and exciting promotions. Launched with a vision to simplify financial transactions, tKash has reached impressive milestones, including 100,000 registrations and up to 10,000 daily active users.

Since its inception, tKash has been dedicated to providing seamless and secure financial services. The app has enabled users to transfer up to RM 1 million across borders, offering peace of mind with its reliable and efficient service. In addition to money transfers, tKash provides convenient currency exchange services for up to 10 countries’ currencies, including Bangladesh, Indonesia, India, the Philippines, Pakistan, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, and Myanmar.

One of the standout features of tKash is its Live FC (foreign currency) Rates, which allows users to track currency fluctuations in real time, ensuring they make informed decisions when exchanging currencies.

The company’s growth and success have not gone unnoticed. tKash proudly featured its video on the iconic New York Times Square billboard and displayed billboards in Kuala Lumpur, enhancing its brand visibility on an international scale. Influencers from countries such as Thailand have shared positive reviews on social media, further boosting tKash’s presence on social media.

To celebrate its first anniversary, tKash is running a special promotion where users who refer their friends have the chance to share in a RM100,000 prize pool, making it even more rewarding to engage with the app. The company continues to innovate, with regular updates to its app, which are available for download on both the PlayStore and AppStore. In January 2024, tKash launched its official website, providing users another platform to access its services.

In just one year, tKash has proven to be a game-changer in the financial services industry, making everyday transactions smoother and more accessible. With its tech-savvy team and commitment to customer satisfaction, tKash is poised for continued growth and success.

tKash is a leading financial services app committed to making financial transactions easier and more accessible. With secure money transfers, real-time currency exchange rates, and a user-friendly interface, tKash transforms how people manage their finances. For more information, visit tKash.co.

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Saronic Raises $175 Million in Series B Funding, Valuing Company at $1 Billion

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Funding will accelerate Saronic’s growth and further scale production of its autonomous surface vessels for the U.S. Navy and its allies

AUSTIN, Texas, July 19, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Saronic, a defense technology leader that designs and manufactures autonomous surface vessels (ASVs), today announced a $175 million Series B raise placing the company’s valuation at $1 billion. The funding round was led by Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), with participation from both new and existing investors, including 8VC, Caffeinated Capital, Elad Gil, and NightDragon, among others.

Saronic is redefining maritime superiority for the U.S. Navy and its allies by delivering the most effective and advanced ASVs at the speed and scale needed to meet the rapidly growing needs of the Joint Force. Saronic’s ASVs are designed to serve as a force multiplier for the existing Fleet, working alongside manned systems to allow naval forces to go farther and do more with less risk to life and mission. 

“We are creating an entirely new capability for the maritime domain, one that delivers naval power without the costs and delays of a shipyard,” said Saronic CEO Dino Mavrookas. “As the future of naval warfare will rely on manned and unmanned teaming, we must build solutions that easily integrate into the existing fleet and can be produced at scale to meet any emerging threat. We are grateful to our investment partners who believe so strongly in Saronic’s ability to meet that need.”

Saronic’s investor group is composed of firms committed to ensuring that the U.S. military maintains its decisive advantage in the face of an increasingly complex and competitive global threat landscape through the integration of advanced technology and innovative capabilities that truly meet the needs of the warfighter. 

“Our nation’s future depends on us continuing to build and deploy the best, most innovative technology” said Katherine Boyle, General Partner at a16z. “Saronic is developing the solutions we need to protect the warfighter and stay ahead of our adversaries, and we are proud to support their continued growth.”

This new investment will accelerate Saronic’s growth both domestically and internationally. At home, it will allow further expansion of Saronic’s in-house manufacturing capabilities and enable increased production of all its ASV models. Additionally, it will advance the research and development of new autonomous capabilities for naval and maritime forces, including increased technology and payload integration with government and commercial partners. Internationally, this investment will support Saronic’s expansion to more fully serve U.S. allies and partners in key markets.

“To deter China and other adversaries, the United States and our allies must bring intelligent, autonomous new capabilities to naval warfare,” said Alex Moore, Partner at 8VC. “Saronic delivers these capabilities on a relevant scale and timeline, and has enlisted the top engineers and operators in the industry.”

Saronic’s family of ASVs includes Spyglass (6′), Cutlass (14′) and Corsair, its largest model, which is currently in development and testing. Each vessel features integrated autonomous capabilities to meet a customer’s specific requirements and can carry diverse payloads in communication- and GPS-denied environments. Through the vertical integration of hardware and software as well as the use of a Modular Open Systems Architecture (MOSA), Saronic’s ASVs deliver greater interoperability at a price point that makes them attritable. Having a cost-effective capability that can be deployed without putting human operators in harm’s way increases the survivability of the fleet and enables commanders to engage in situations where the risk is too high to deploy a traditional manned system.

For more information about Saronic, please visit: https://www.saronic.com.  

Media Contact: Press@saronic.com 

 

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Summit-Friendship Solar Village Receives Reuters’ Global Energy Transition Awards 2024

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SINGAPORE, July 19, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — The ‘Summit-Friendship Solar Village’ project, located in Kabilpur within the Gaibandha district of Bangladesh, has received the prestigious Reuters’ Global Energy Transition Awards 2024 under the ‘Projects of Impact’ category in New York, USA on 25th June 2024. Among 500 entries this year from around the globe, this project was nominated for its concrete results in terms of improved energy affordability, and compensation for losses to improve local resilience for climate change.

This 57.6 kW scalable solar microgrid now benefits the 3,000 inhabitants of Kabilpur, Gaibandha. Kabilpur itself is a char—a remote sedimentary landmass found within a river—but finds itself ideally placed to act as hub for neighbouring chars within the Jamuna River, upon which it is situated.

“Summit wants to serve 100% of Bangladesh with infrastructure such as electricity and communication. Most chars fall outside the national grid. I believe these chars, like the rest of Bangladesh, deserve electricity. The award-winning NGO, Friendship, has done wonders. It’s a privilege to provide solar energy to the 3,000 people of Kabilpur Char in association with Friendship,” remarked Muhammed Aziz Khan, Chairman of Summit Power International.

“Anyone who has seen the Jamuna River in its full might will understand that mainline power grids are not really possible here. On the other hand, this solar grid will provide income-generating opportunities and livelihoods, as well as opportunities for children’s education in order for hope and dignity to thrive. We want to thank Summit for its support,” said Runa Khan, the founder of Friendship.

The solar village plays an integral role in allowing people from these isolated communities to have access to “modern” amenities, and have longer operational hours for both business and commerce, alongside academics and home use. Additionally, renewable solar energy also equates to less reliance on traditional kerosene lamps, which burn fossil fuels with toxic consequences.

About Summit Power International 

Summit Group is the largest infrastructure conglomerate in Bangladesh. Summit Power International Ltd (SPI), headquartered in Singapore, is the largest Independent Power Producer (IPP) in Bangladesh reflecting 17% of Bangladesh’s total private installed capacity and 7% of nation’s total installed capacity. In addition, it owns and operates a Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) vessel and supplies 500 million cubic feet per day (mmcfd) of regasified LNG to Bangladesh. In 2019, Summit’s FSRU received equity investment from Mitsubishi Corporation. In 2019, JERA Co., Inc. (JERA), had acquired a 22% stake in Summit Power International. Recently, it has proposed the development of the country’s third FSRU and the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has provided in-principle approval of the proposal in mid-June 2023. Most notably, the Meghnaghat II, which is a dual-fuel CCGT GE H Class plant with gross capacity of 590 MW on LNG, achieved the commercial operation date milestone on 26 April 2024.

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