Dr. Naomi Boyer, Executive Director, Digital Transformation, Education Design Lab
Matthew Aranda, Associate Education Designer, Micro-Credentialing, Education Design Lab
Steve Cochran, Senior Director, Workforce Education and Multiple Pathways, Polk County Schools
Kim Long, Executive Director, Polk Vision
Kandis Buford, Equity and Human Resource Director, Polk County Board of County Commissioners
FCAN Host: Adam Lindberg, Director of Research and Policy
Polk County Public Schools is piloting an innovative program — “Propel Polk!” —in response to local business needs and to enhance student competitive value in the job search process.
Students enrolled in select career academies are earning Critical Thinking, Initiative, and Oral Communication micro-credentials offered by Education Design Lab. The learning and assessment of these skills are facilitated by select Career Academy teachers.
The digital badges awarded to students:
- Are based upon demonstrated mastery of job skills, such as critical thinking and oral communication
- Include specific information about how, when, and where they were awarded
- Can be linked in resumes and professional profiles, as well as discussed in job interviews
Instrumental to this program are county-wide organizations Polk Vision and Central Florida Development Council. Direct engagement of local businesses has led to a partnership with a commitment from Polk County’s Board of County Commissioners, which seeks to diversify and enhance its skilled talent pipeline by interviewing students with the achieved credentials.
Webinar: 21st Century Skills through Micro-Credentialing: The Polk County Partnership
Date and time: Friday, February 17, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. EST