American Public Education, parent of the American Public University System, announced today that it was making a $4M investment in Fidelis Education as part of a new round of funding for Fidelis. In the spirit of full disclosure, I have been on the advisory board for Fidelis for almost 2 years.
Gunnar Counselman started Fidelis in 2011 to address the mismatch between the educational services offered in the typical college or university and the needs of service members leaving the military and seeking tertiary education leading to a civilian career. Over time, he recognized that what was needed was a "wrap around service" that helped to coordinate all of the elements of the university in a way that responded to the needs of the student, and he knew that he had to build a scalable approach. His resulting web based tools turned out to be so useful that his university partners asked that he make them available to their general student bodies.
This new funding round enables Fidelis to focus on technology developments that will make these tools more useful to a broader audience. It will be interesting to see how it developes.