Education is no longer just preparation for adult life. It’s a continuous process of growth and development. It doesn’t just sustain the individual—it sustains the community and the nation. GCF Global, one of our partners and clients, has made that a worldwide mission. GCF’s mission is to help people learn and develop the skills needed to advance in work and life, all for free. And isn’t that one of the foundational principles of the Internet? That almost anyone can learn almost anything for almost nothing? It’s refreshing beyond belief for GCF to keep that guiding light burning.

For almost 20 years, GCF Global has helped millions worldwide learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st Century by offering self-paced online courses. We have worked with their teams in Durham, North Carolina, and Bogota, Columbia, to advance their mission and provide them with a sustainable future. Setser Group has leveraged its C-Suite as a Service in GCF Global’s business model, financials, operations, partnership development, and digital communications.

Here’s a glimpse of some of our work with GCF Global.

GCF is a free, stackable, skill-building program that helps create the skilled employees that the workforce is lacking. It also brings opportunities to low-income students and diverse populations. We also know that the better skills a person has, the more likely they are to enroll in college and get a jump start on a career.

Upskill programs benefit organizations, too. It’s more practical and efficient to improve the skills of your existing workforce rather than searching for and hiring new employees who have those skills. For example, a software company has a customer service agent with great potential who struggles with written communication. An old-school manager will give the agent poor performance evaluations and tell them to do better, or the company will find someone else for the job (who invariably lacks the same skill). A servant leader will skip all that nonsense and upskill the agent with GCF’s Business Communication playlist

GCF Global has established sound partnerships with the YouTube Learning network, which is a channel that hosts curriculum-relevant topics in physics, math, and biology, language studies, study hacks, and much more, from YouTube's education-focused creators. GCF has also partnered with Google Grow via its Digital Garage learning platform. GCF is always looking to expand its partnerships to sustain and expand its skill-building instructional video series, which it offers in three languages. If you would like to learn more about partnership opportunities with GCF Global, check out their partnership page.

Here is some of our work on that initiative:


Let’s take a look at some of the tools we’ve used in this partnership as we help them remain free for all on the content side and, at the same time, develop some strategies around partnerships, philanthropy, and additional services for stackable credentials such as tutoring and/or e-coaching.

Pro Forma Financial Statements

Predicting a company’s financial future can prove difficult. Pro forma financial statements can enable you to make an educated guess by projecting your future financial results.

Setser Group’s Project Management Check-Up

We use this for weekly project checkups. It keeps both the client and team apprised of progress and future steps. Be sure to watch Bryan’s explainer video

Amazon 6-Pager

We use a prototype of the Amazon 6-Pager to develop operational plans. We keep the document succinct and filled with information and visual guides.

We are excited about these next two tools in our partnership with GCF.


Do you know WhatsApp? If you’re wondering where Gen Z is, you’ll find them on WhatsApp. We’re working with GCF Global to provide embedded coaching and tutoring on WhatsApp. 


We are also working on an initiative with Credly to move GCF toward premium, stackable credentials, and career coaching. 


Setser Group is super excited about our work this year with GCF Global. GCF’s commitment to closing the basic skills gap and upskilling learners across the world is central to our mission, as well. The organization’s work has been impressive. GCF offers upskill instruction in more than 300 topics, including more than 6,000 lessons, more than 2,000 high-quality videos, and more than 50 interactives and games, completely free. With websites in Spanish and Portuguese, GCF has North America covered, but their reach is global.

Check out GCF Global’s YouTube channel intro here:

GCF’s YouTube channel has 940,000 subscribers. We would like to push that to one million+. While you’re checking out their videos, hit that Subscribe button. With more than 300 topics, where would GCF’s skills program fit into your instructional or training model? Contact us! We are eager to show you how that fit works.

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