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National Nonprofits WGU and Per Scholas Announce Education Articulation Partnership

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Building on its mission to change lives for the better by creating pathways to opportunity, nonprofit Western Governors Universitys (WGU) College of Information Technology today announced a transfer articulation partnership with nonprofit technology workforce development organization Per Scholas. Alumni of Per Scholaswhich delivers tuition-free, market-relevant IT education in 14 major metro areas across the U.S.will now be eligible to receive credit from their Per Scholas education toward a WGU IT bachelors degree program.

WGU and Per Scholas have the shared belief that equitable access to education is the greatest catalyst for change. Particularly, information technology education provides for a more diverse and equitable workforce and economy as it moves individuals to thriving wage careers. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a disproportionate effect on communities of color and women, and there is an imperative need to address social inequities that leave individuals at the margins and deter them from learning.

Careers in technology provide some of the highest wages and growth potential in our economy, said Dr. Elke Leeds, Dean and Academic Vice President of WGUs College of IT. Its not news that technology has a diversity problem, and we remain committed to expanding access to the learning and skills needed for employment, and the degree needed for advancing in a technology career. Social justice is advanced through equitable education and with rigorous technology education, Per Scholas is making its impact by increasing access to tech training, in particular for women and people of color, communities often underrepresented in technology fields. We are thrilled to partner with Per Scholas and provide their alumni with pathways to further their educations and careers.

Through a network of philanthropic funding and grants, Per Scholas provides tuition-free, bootcamp-style technology education in IT support, cybersecurity, and software engineering to diverse learner populations. With a network of more than 500 employer partners, 80% of Per Scholas graduates found a job within one year of graduating. WGUs recognition of Per Scholas training now provides graduates with their next opportunity in education and career advancement. WGUs online degree programs allow learners to work toward their degree on their own time, and its competency-based education model measures learning rather than seat time. This allows learners to progress as soon as they master skills and graduate with a bachelors degree within two-and-a-half years on average.

Were incredibly excited about this partnership with WGU, especially knowing the benefits and value it represents for the Per Scholas community, said Bridgette Gray, Per Scholas Chief Impact Officer. For our alumni who are looking to move into middle management roles, many companies still require an undergraduate degree. This partnership gives our graduates significant credits toward a degree in Information Technology at an outstanding university that not only offers affordable tuition, but also coursework flexibility. This provides our graduates who enroll at WGU with greater value for the hard work and time that they invested into their Per Scholas coursework and the certificates they earned, putting our alumni that much closer to achieving the next goal in their career progression.

In the months and years to come, WGU and Per Scholas will seek to advance their partnership to be stewards of equitable access to technology education and will roll out local and regional enrollment efforts. To learn more about the partnership visit wgu.edu/lp/information-technology/per-scholas.html. For employers and philanthropic partner interests, please contact Brad Angevine at Per Scholas.

About WGU

Established in 1997 by 19 U.S. governors with a mission to expand access to high-quality, affordable higher education, online, nonprofit WGU now serves more than 129,000 students nationwide and has more than 214,000 graduates in all 50 states. Driving innovation as the nations leading competency-based university, WGU has been recognized by the White House, state leaders, employers, and students as a model that works in postsecondary education. In just 24 years, the university has become a leading influence in changing the lives of individuals and families, and preparing the workforce needed in todays rapidly evolving economy. WGU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, has been named one of Fast Companys Most Innovative Companies, and has been featured on NPR, NBC Nightly News, CNN, and in The New York Times. Learn more at wgu.edu.

About Per Scholas

Per Scholas is a national organization that has been advancing economic mobility for 25 years. Through rigorous training, professional development and robust employer connections, we prepare individuals traditionally underrepresented in technology for high-growth careers in the industry. We partner with leading employers to build more diverse talent pools, directly connecting our graduates to new career opportunities with leading employers, from Fortune 500 companies to innovative startups. With campuses in 14 cities, Per Scholas has trained more than 12,000 individuals in tech skills, building bridges to careers in technology. To learn more, please visit perscholas.org.

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KILDE, a Singaporean private debt investment platform, has raised US$450,000 led by Purple Ventures in pre-seed funding round, supported by Startupbootcamp Dubai.

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SINGAPORE, Feb. 23, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — KILDE was licensed by the Monetary Authority of Singapore lately to raise debt capital for digital lending companies from institutional and accredited investors.

KILDE Team, from left Namrata Goswami, Radek Jezbera, Gustavo Leal, Aleksandra Yurchenko, Oleg Kryukovskiy

Securing a sustainable source of debt funding is a number one challenge for digital lenders. Despite the investment boom in alternatives, digital lending is too opaque and non-transparent for most investors. KILDE lifts the opaque veil offering access to an extensive range of deal-ready private debt investments. For digital lending firms, it provides flexible funding at competitive costs.

“Digital lenders allow underbanked consumers and SMEs to get sustainable loans and build their credit history. Transforming these loans into investable assets provides a unique market opportunity. We are here to streamline this process,” said Radek Jezbera, co-founder of KILDE.

KILDE has already opened credit facilities to 8 digital lenders with the overall credit limit of more than US$30m. It will further expand to include more digital lenders from the SEA, MENA, and Eastern Europe.

Purple Ventures is a European private venture capital fund investing smart seed money into early-stage fintech startups with a proven business model expanding their business globally.

KILDE is also backed by the Startupbootcamp Fintech Dubai. “We are extremely excited about KILDE, as we see the enormous potential that the undisrupted private debt market has to offer. We believe KILDE has the right team to execute and grow to become a central player between investors and lenders, and we look forward to working with them over the coming years,” said Mohamad Sabouneh, Managing Director of Startupbootcamp Fintech Dubai.

Singapore with its progressive regulatory regime and easy access to liquidity is preferred headquarters to many Fintech businesses. Fintech investment in Singapore reached US$346 million in 2020, representing 6.2% of all that was raised in Asia according to Singapore Fintech Report 2021. Dubai, on the other hand, is the leading financial hub in the MENA and South Asia, with DIFC being the largest fintech hub in the MENA region. Exposure to both markets creates outstanding opportunities for KILDE and its clients.

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CGI's Asia Pacific Delivery Centers of Excellence appraised at CMMI Level 5 in Version 2.0 for Services

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BANGALORE, India, Feb. 23, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — CGI (NYSE: GIB) (TSX: GIB.A) announced that its India and Philippines delivery centers have been appraised at Level 5 in Version 2.0 of the CMMI Institute's Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI ®) for Services. The appraisal was performed by KPMG.

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CMMI is a Capability Maturity Improvement framework that provides organizations with the essential elements of effective processes that ultimately improve performance. CGI's appraisal at Maturity Level 5 indicates that CGI is performing at an “optimizing” level, continually improving its processes by using a quantitative approach to understand the variation in the process and the causes of process outcomes.

“Achieving CMMI® level 5 for Services signifies another major milestone in our commitment to provide the highest quality of service and operational excellence as we work together with clients to help them modernize their IT supply chains,” said George Mattackal, President of CGI's Asia Pacific Global Delivery Centers of Excellence. “Our emphasis on continuous improvement translates to greater operational efficiency and added value for clients as they seek to digitize their operations to become more resilient and provide greater value to their customers.”

In addition to process maturity, CGI's delivery centers in the Asia Pacific provide a robust mix of managed IT and IP-based services. They have co-created with clients innovative methods and tools, such as the Application Services Optimisation Programme (ASOP), an end-to-end framework for the delivery of application services, Sofia, a self-building chatbot platform, and SiteReliability 360, a proactive monitoring and problem resolution platform for hybrid cloud environments.

In Asia Pacific, CGI employs more than 15,000 consultants across major cities in India, Malaysia, and the Philippines to provide global delivery support that accelerate client goals and sustain business outcomes. The appraisal demonstrates the high level of process maturity underlying CGI's service delivery and culture of continuous improvement based on the CGI Management Foundation.

About CGI

Founded in 1976, CGI is among the largest independent IT and business consulting services firms in the world. With 76,000 consultants and other professionals across the globe, CGI delivers an end-to-end portfolio of capabilities, from strategic IT and business consulting to systems integration, managed IT and business process services, and intellectual property solutions. CGI works with clients through a local relationship model complemented by a global delivery network that helps clients digitally transform their organizations and accelerate results. CGI Fiscal 2020 reported revenue is C$12.16 billion and CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB). Learn more at cgi.com.

About CMMI Institute

CMMI Institute is the global leader in the advancement of best practices in people, process and technology. CMMI Institute's promise is to inspire cultures of continuous improvement that elevate performance and create sustainable competitive advantage. CMMI Institute offers market-driven solutions that provide insights for baselining and optimizing key organizational capabilities, cyber maturity, and data assets to evaluate business performance.

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Augusta Gold Grants Stock Options

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VANCOUVER, BC, Feb. 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ – Augusta Gold Corp. (OTCQB: AUGG) (CSE: G) (FSE: 11B) (“Augusta” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the grant of 5.8 million stock options to officers, directors and employees of the Company, pursuant to the terms of the Company's Stock Option Plan. The Options have an exercise price of C$3.00 per share and expire five (5) years from the date of grant.

The Company has also changed its trading symbol on the OTCQB from BFGCD to AUGG. With the recent name change of the Company it was appropriate that the ticker symbol represented this shift.

About Augusta Gold
Augusta Gold is a rapidly growing exploration and development company focused on building a long-term business that delivers stakeholder value through developing the Bullfrog Gold Project and pursing accretive M&A opportunities. The Bullfrog Gold Project is located in the prolific Bullfrog district approximately 120 miles north-west of Las Vegas, Nevada and 4 miles west of Beatty, Nevada. The Company controls approximately 7,800 acres of mineral rights including the Bullfrog and Montgomery-Shoshone deposits and has further identified significant additional mineralization around the existing pits and defined several exploration targets that could further enhance the Project.  The Company is led by a management team and board of directors with a proven track record of success in financing and developing mining assets and delivering shareholder value. For more information please visit www.augustagold.com.

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