by Hilary Swaim, 2tor Marketing Coordinator
When 2tor employees explore the company’s new Landover headquarters, one of the required stops on the tour is Chip Paucek’s office.
As the company’s former Chief Operating Officer and recently appointed CEO, Paucek is the first to tout that his office — now outfitted with a fish tank, a world map mural and bright red couches — was the high-tech education company’s first operations center. Growing rapidly from one room and fewer than 10 employees when it was founded in 2008, 2tor’s Maryland office is now buzzing with nearly 250 employees (and counting) across four floors on Corporate Drive.
“It was a natural move for us to shift 2tor’s headquarters to Landover, with the majority of our employees being based here,” said Chip Paucek. “As a long time Maryland resident, I’m so proud to have been affiliated with so many local businesses including Hooked on Phonics in Baltimore. I live and boat actively in Annapolis. Old Bay runs in my blood at this point.”
The move to a new Maryland headquarters supports the company’s aim to be near the highly-educated workforce the state has to offer. 2tor plans to continue its hiring spree and currently has dozens of positions across the board, from account management, marketing, operations, human resources, analytics and administrative roles.
Founded by Paucek and John Katzman, former leaders of Hooked on Phonics and the Princeton Review, respectively, 2tor is the nation’s highest-funded education technology start up that delivers graduate degrees online by forming partnerships with top-tier research universities. The company was able to raise $65 million in funding to date, with Bethesda-based Novak Biddle Venture Partners as an investor.
2tor’s partner programs combine real-time online classes, a dynamic learning management system and an immersive social network, 2tor’s programs are built collaboratively with each university partner’s renowned on-campus curriculum and professors. The company’s current partners include the University of Southern California, Georgetown University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Today, more than 3,000 students are enrolled and more than 500 students have graduated from 2tor programs and come from almost every U.S. state and 30 countries.
At the Landover headquarters, the company highlights the strong connection between 2tor and its university partners. Each program is represented with official mascots, flags, custom beanbag chairs and walls painted precisely to university color specifications.
Learn more about 2tor’s partnerships:
- MAT@USC: Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Southern California, Rossier School of Education
- MSW@USC: Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California, School of Social Work
- Nursing@Georgetown: Master’s in Nursing from Georgetown University, School of Nursing & Health Studies
- MBA@UNC: Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kenan-Flagler Business School