21st Century Skills Badges are 'promising practice'

Mozilla Foundation recognizes 21st Century Skills Digital Badging Project as a ‘promising practice’

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—February 10, 2017—A recent white paper released by the Mozilla Foundation has recognized the 21st Century Skills Digital Badging project as a promising example of bringing digital badges to scale.

The 21st Century Skills Digital Badging project is a collaboration between the Foundation for California Community Colleges and the New World of Work initiative, with support from the California Community Colleges Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy. The white paper highlights the use of digital badging by 13 community colleges in California as a way for employers and students to measure attainment of essential skills students will need as they enter the 21st century workforce.

“We are pleased to be recognized by the Mozilla Foundation for our practices in developing and implementing digital badges,” said Rajinder Gill, New World of Work Co-Creator and Director. “Digital badging represents an essential tool for the growth of our future workforce, and we are excited to be leading the way in implementing these tools on a large scale.”

The white paper also notes several practices used by the project that have been integral to successfully implementing digital badges, including creating a list of professional competencies that align with Mozilla’s national comparison of college and career readiness competencies, inviting professionals to design and evaluate assessments, and building in an employer feedback loop.

“Our 21st Century Skills badges have given employers, students, and educators a valuable way to help prepare students for the modern workplace,” said Tim Aldinger, Director of Workforce Development Services at the Foundation for California Community Colleges. “Across California’s diverse regional economies, we are helping to make sure that students are entering the workforce with the skills they need to succeed.” 

The 21st Century Skills Digital Badging project is aligned with the California Community Colleges Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy framework, which works to establish community colleges as essential catalysts for expanding California’s workforce and closing the skills gap. 

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