21st Century Skills Badging

21st Century Skills Badging

The 21st Century Skills Digital Badging project is a collaboration between the Foundation for California Community Colleges and the New World of Work (NWoW) initiative, which works to establish California Community Colleges as essential catalysts for expanding the state’s workforce and closing the skills gap. The badges are based on employer-driven essential 21st Century Employability Skills identified by New World of Work:

  • Adaptability
  • Analysis/solution mindset
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Digital fluency
  • Entrepreneurial mindset
  • Empathy
  • Resilience
  • Self-awareness
  • Social/diversity awareness


The Foundation and NWoW have conducted trainings with educators on integrating digital badges into their classroom curriculum. Students enrolled in 21st Century Skills courses can now earn digital badges in these areas through CareerXP.

This project receives support from the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship, and is funded through a generous grant from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.

Digital Badging Advisory Group

Development of the ten 21st Century Skill Digital Badges commenced with the Digital Badging Advisory Group Meeting that took place in Sacramento in August 2015. Leaders in the Community College system, state government, and the business community were convened to provide input on digital badge assessments. Specifically, the 21st Century Skills were discussed thoroughly.  

Advisory group members agreed that the 21st Century Skills, including analysis/solution mindset and social/diversity awareness, are essential for success in the next economy. Members shared observable workplace behaviors that demonstrate attributes of each skill, which have been incorporated into the assessment methods and awarding of digital badges in CareerXP.

A special thank you to members of our Digital Badging Advisory Group!

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Bryan Miller
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T: 916.498.6703
E: bmiller@foundationccc.org

Emily Robinson
Technology and Special Projects Director
T: 916.498.6724
E: erobinson@foundationccc.org

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