By Nick Sohr, Managing Editor, MDbizMedia
Education technology company 2tor Inc. plans to add 100 workers to its Landover headquarters over the next year after launching a partnership with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Monday.
The four-year-old company now employs about 370, most of them in Prince George’s County.
UNC and 2tor are working to offer the School of Government’s Master of Public Administration program in a new online format. MPA@UNC will be the fifth such online degree program that 2tor has developed.
“Technology is changing industries and many facets of our daily routines, including how we learn,” said Chip Paucek, CEO and co-founder of 2tor.
“It’s incredibly exciting to sign on another great university partner,” Paucek said. “As we prepare for the launch of our fifth program, we’re looking to the talented Prince George’s County and Maryland workforce to join us at 2tor, where we’re changing the landscape of higher education and bringing a level of quality online that hasn’t been available before.”
MPA@UNC will admit its first students this fall and classes will begin in January. The program will be geared toward working professionals and others seeking more flexibility than traditional educational programs allow.
Courses will include both self-paced and live sessions at pre-arranged times. Live, streaming video will allow students and instructors to see and hear each other during discussions, and to meet during office hours.
“With the addition of this online MPA option, qualified students will be able to choose a program that fits their life needs and their learning preferences,” said Mike Smith, dean of UNC’s School of Government, “and we will expand our positive impact on communities across the country.”
2tor was founded in 2008 and was named this year one of the 10 most innovative companies in education by Fast Company. It has already developed four other online degree programs: a Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California; Master’s in Nursing from Georgetown University and a Master of Business Administration from UNC.