The 21st Century Skills Digital Badging project is developing ten 21st Century Skills Badges that will be completed in fall 2016, based on the top skills identified by the New World of Work (NWoW) initiative:

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

The Foundation and NWoW will train educators on integrating digital badges into classroom curriculum in summer 2016. Students enrolled in 21st Century Skills courses will have the opportunity to earn digital badges in these areas beginning fall 2016 through LaunchPath.

Ten partner colleges throughout California will participate in the project:

  • Columbia College
  • Feather River College
  • Hartnell College
  • Lassen Community College
  • Santa Barbara City College
  • Santa Rosa Junior
  • Shasta College
  • Southern California Biotechnology Center at Miramar
  • West Hills College Coalinga
  • Folsom Lake College

The 21st Century Skills Digital Badging project is a collaboration between the Foundation and the New World of Work initiative, with support from the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship. This project was funded through a generous grant from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.

Digital Badging Advisory Group Update

Development of the ten 21st Century Skill Digital Badges commenced with the Digital Badging Advisory Group Meeting that took place in Sacramento this August. Leaders in the community college system, state government and the business community were convened to provide input on digital badge assessments. Specifically, the top ten 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 will be incorporated into the assessment methods and awarding of digital badges in LaunchPath.


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


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