February 6, 2024 – CareerViewXR, an immersive edtech startup, has recently announced a statewide initiative to donate over 300 HTC VIVE virtual reality (VR) headsets to both public and private secondary schools in North Dakota, in an effort to broaden access to immersive learning experiences throughout the state.
The CareerViewXR platform utilizes 360-degree technology to create interactive web-based tours and companion VR videos that bring job sites into classrooms, according to the company. Its growing library of over 65 field trips and job shadows offers students a glimpse into the daily lives of professionals in their work environments across various industries. CareerViewXR stated that by increasing career awareness, students are better equipped to make more informed career decisions.
Commenting on the announcement, CareerViewXR CEO and Co-founder Matthew Chaussee said: “This initiative is one of a kind. To our knowledge, North Dakota will be the first state in the country to put VR headsets in every public and private middle and high school. Supported by ND Career and Technical Education’s RUReady platform, ND Job Service, and EduTech, this donation enhances a multi-agency public-private partnership that we are especially proud of.”
CareerViewXR was recently recognized as a Yass Prize semi finalist, which awarded the start-up a USD $200,000 award, which the company is using to improve its platform and promote it in new markets. CareerViewXR also noted that it has a growing subscriber base of students and adult job seekers exploring in-demand occupations across the United States.
The startup acquired the VR headsets thanks, in part, to a growing partnership with XR solutions provider HTC VIVE. Through this partnership, the two companies have collaborated to put VIVE Focus Plus headsets into the hands of educators and students across North Dakota.
“We’re honored to be working with CareerViewXR and providing our headsets for the program, which fits perfectly with our mission of merging humanity and technology to unleash the imagination,” said Daniel O’Brien, GM of Americas at HTC VIVE. “Our partnership with CareerViewXR provides immersive learning solutions to inspire and empower students and job seekers to advance their skills and explore new career paths in an engaging and safe environment, without limitations.”
The distribution of the headsets is scheduled to commence from February 11-13 during the 2024 NDCA Annual Conference. For more information on CareerViewXR and its virtual reality solutions for immersive career exploration, please visit the company’s website.
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