Students utilizing LaunchPath, the Foundation’s online matching and badging platform for internships, earn badges that showcase where they attend school, their academic major or focus, and success in internship experiences. LaunchPath is built on the Mozilla Open Badge ecosystem, allowing users to display their collection of badges across multiple sites.
School badges instantly identify which high school or college a student attends, allowing employers to instantly recognize a student's educational background.
Achievement badges are awarded once students complete an internship, employers successfully host an intern, or after a user completes their profile. Completion badges are awarded after students and employers complete a National Academy Foundation (NAF) Assessment. NAF has worked with business, education, and workforce experts to create an internship assessment that is useful in targeting individual participant skills in the workplace and to enhance curriculum and work-based learning experiences that prepare students for the internship.
For each career pathway in LaunchPath, students and schools are awarded unique pathway badges. Pathways range from Arts, Media, and Entertainment to Public Services and Manufacturing and Product Development.
21st Century Skills
LaunchPath is in the process of developing a series of badges based on career-readiness skills. Badges will be completed in fall 2016. Learn more about this project >