Burck Smith to Speak on Driving Down the Cost of a College Degree at Light City Baltimore

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On March 28, StraighterLine CEO Burck Smith will speak at the Social Innovation Conference at Light City Baltimore

As a Baltimore native, I am particularly excited to combine the powerful effect StraighterLine has on the cost of college and the impact that start-up edtech companies have on the health of a city.

StraighterLine, one of the fastest-growing online education companies in the U.S., is proud to participate at Light City in Baltimore. Burck Smith, StraighterLine's Chief Executive Officer, will participate in the Light City U’s Social Innovation Conference. In its inaugural year, this event brings together leaders in social enterprise, education, social justice, philanthropy, and policy to explore real-world solutions to problems faced by societies throughout the world and will be held at the Baltimore’s Columbus Center on March 28 – 29, 2016 during "Light City 2016.”

Smith will discuss how online courses can drive down the cost of a college degree in a panel discussion titled, “Edtech Companies Redefining the Future of Learning.” He will be joined by Wes Moore, best-selling author of The Other Wes Moore and founder of BridgeEdu, and Lida Zlatic, CEO and Co-Founder of ClassTracks. The panel discussion will take place during the first day of the Social Innovation conference on Monday, March 28.

StraighterLine CEO Burck Smith said, "As a Baltimore native, I am particularly excited to combine the powerful effect StraighterLine has on the cost of college and the impact that start-up edtech companies have on the health of a city."

Smith also added, "Light City Baltimore and Light City U’s Social Innovation Conference truly highlights an exceedingly innovative time in education, and I'm excited that StraighterLine is playing an important part of an event that celebrates and elevates technology and entrepreneurship throughout Baltimore."

About Light City Baltimore

Light City Baltimore is produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and inspired by founding visionaries Brooke Hall and Justin Allen of What Works Studio. The event is sponsored by Founding Partners: BGE and Visit Baltimore; Leadership Partners: Abell Foundation, Brown Advisory, Kaiser Permanente, Maryland Department of Commerce and Whiting-Turner Construction Company; Major Sponsors: Baltimore Development Corporation and PNC Bank; Official Sponsors: Constellation, Downtown Partnership, Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore, Greater Baltimore Committee, Loyola University Maryland, M&T Bank, UMBC, Under Armour and Waterfront Partnership; and Festival Sponsors: Ayers Saint Gross, Baltimore Ravens, Caves Valley Partners, Ellin & Tucker, Generosity, Inc., ICF, Johns Hopkins University (President’s Office and Office of Technology Ventures), and Lifebridge Health. For more information, visit: http://lightcity.org/lcu/social-innovation-conference/

About StraighterLine

StraighterLine combines a $99 a month course subscription with guaranteed credit pathways to accredited degree programs to save students up to 60% on the total cost of their degree.

StraighterLine takes the worry out of credit transfer with a College Savings Network of 100 accredited colleges that guarantee acceptance of StraighterLine courses.

Having also been evaluated and recommended by the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT), StraighterLine courses will also be considered by more than 2,000 other colleges and universities for transfer to their degree programs upon request.

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