Although it has been two weeks since I attended the Clinton Global Initiative, I am continuing to feel the good effects. I was an active member of the 21st Century Credentials group, a subset of Workforce Development. President Clinton announced our company pledge of “Pathbrite marketing and offering 1 million free digital portfolios to underserved students and veterans of military service.”
The reason we made the pledge is that this portfolio technology has proven to optimize learning outcomes including: course-passing rates, writing proficiencies, critical thinking skills and even job placements. So often we find that best, cutting edge tools are only available to the wealthiest and most privileged in society. We at Pathbrite are already serving some of the top universities in the world, as well as companies on the planet. We are equally committed to making sure that adults seeking jobs and students looking to maximize their investments in education get the access to the very best there is—for free! At a press conference called “Apps for Heroes” [View Here] with the White House, Joining Forces, Code For America and Veteran’s Administration, we kicked off the process of educating our military vets on our free cutting edge technology. We even integrated with Military Occupational Classifications so that when vets use our portfolios, they can embed their achievements (certifications, badges, etc) into their portfolios so that prospective employers and schools considering the candidates see what they know and have done. We have a long way to go to letting our vets know about the tools available to them that will improve their chances of being accepted into post-secondary programs or landing that competitive job. We will also continue to deliver on our commitment to providing our portfolios in public K-12 and post-secondary schools. We look forward to partnering with the CGI family to get the word and the Pathbrite portfolios out.