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Felix W. Ortiz III
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Felix W. Ortiz III is a Brooklyn born and raised entrepreneur who proudly served his country in the U.S. Army 18th Airborne Corps and JAG Corps, and then attended St. John’s University.

Felix is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Viridis Learning, an education technology company that combines workforce education and human capital solutions for the middle-skill workforce.

Felix is passionate about entrepreneurship, having started several companies, including Visionary Trade & Export, which he founded at age 20. After several multi-million dollar deals through this venture, Felix turned his sights toward helping others.

In 2008, Felix had the privilege of serving on the National Finance Committee Council for then-presidential candidate Barack Obama, and was a member of the Advisory Group for International Trade & Economics on the Obama-Biden Transition Team. During the 2012 presidential campaign, Felix served as a national co-chair of Gen44, where he combined his entrepreneurship experience with his youthful energy to engage the next generation in civic and political involvement. In late 2013, Felix was selected to be part of NYC Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio Technology subcommittee.

Today, Felix maintains a very healthy and active lifestyle from his home in New York City, which is focused on a healthy vegan diet, a morning 6:00 a.m. gym ritual, and spending time with his new puppy, Lucky.

Entries by Felix W. Ortiz III

New Markle Foundation Book Points the Way Forward On Education and Opportunity

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 4:19 PM

Despite rapid innovations in technology in the last decade, America, and in particular the middle class, is still muddled in an economic slowdown. For every report of hundred million dollar New York homes or unicorn tech companies, there are still realities like the fact that U.S. households have a lower...

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College Grads Are Still Hurting Over Debt and Joblessness

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 6:00 PM

Its that time of the year again, when students don the cap and gown and walk across the stage as newly minted college graduates. Having accomplished so much academically, their futures will be full of promise as they embark on their professional lives. They are ready to take on the...

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Pathways to Employment Are Integral to Our Public Safety

(1) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 9:25 AM

The scenes of violence from the riots in Baltimore last week shocked and saddened the country. The police force's unfair treatment of a suspect was the catalyst for the chaos. But if we take a deeper look at the situation, we see that Baltimore is a city beset with many...

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Why Tech Companies and Community Colleges Should Form Deeper Partnerships

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 7:11 AM

One of the most unfortunate misperceptions in higher education is the view of community colleges as second-rate. Community college is often seen as a downmarket commodity, a place for people with no talent, who can't make it into a four-year school, and will never get good jobs. Anyone paying attention...

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Upward Mobility in America Is Stagnant. Here's How Community College Helps Fix It.

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 10:15 AM

One of the great things that makes America special is its national belief that the "rags to riches" tale can happen here. For generations, immigrants have streamed into the country, sometimes bringing only what they could carry, because they knew of the economic opportunity that America presented. No matter how...

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How Technology Can Help Close the Skills Gap in STEM Education

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 6:34 AM

A new report from the Education Testing Services (ETS) group highlights a relatively silent but highly urgent problem in America: the skills gap in STEM (science, technology, education, and math) education. What we mean by "skills gap" is the mismatch between the kinds of skills employers say they...

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No, Blue Collar and Middle-Skill Careers Aren't Second Rate

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 10:32 AM

Plumber. Welder. Electrician. Construction manager. To many people, these careers sound dumb, dirty, and dangerous. They sound like careers for people who set their goals too low. They sound like careers for people who don't make a difference in the world.

How wrong these views are!

For almost...

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The 4-Year Versus 2-Year Degree Debate: Myths, Stereotypes and Realities of Today's Higher Education Landscape

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 11:39 PM

On Thursday, October 23rd, my company Viridis Learning hosted our first annual Education & Technology Summit at Los Angeles Mission College in Southern California. Some of the top minds from these disciplines convened at this event, including former U.S. Secretary of Education William J. Bennett, former President of Mexico and...

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Be a Savvy Scholar When It Comes to Choosing an Online or Community College Education

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 4:43 PM

Fall ceremoniously signals the traditional back-to-school season and with that a myriad of questions and concerns from those seeking to enroll in online courses or a community college to further their education.

Are you one of the 6.9 million students enrolled in community college this year according to the...

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Technology Education for Students Is Essential in Creating a Future STEM Workforce, and It Starts With Educating Teachers

(1) Comments | Posted August 16, 2014 | 2:24 PM

Digital device learning, often called 1-to-1 computing or a "smart classroom," is not some faraway abstraction or revolutionary concept in education. In fact, thanks to grants and state-subsidized funding, an increasing number of school districts nationwide are securing electronic devices such as personal computers, remote accessible software and even handheld...

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Sexing Up the Middle-Skill

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 4:59 PM

Preparation of talent and herding skilled workers into the jobs pipeline is one of, if not the, most pressing issue that employers face. This is especially true within the middle skills sector, in which workers with more than a high school diploma but less than a four-year degree belong. Companies...

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The Middle-Skill Issue

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 11:33 AM

While wrapping up my service with the Obama advisory group transition team in 2008-2009, I saw a large focus on human capital workforce education innovation. I was witness to a void of end-to-end solutions for employers and users that matched skills by industry and sector. This is where the idea...

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