The Manufacturing Institute is leading a team on a new initiative that will recognize the critical skills that are learned in settings other than educational institutions but are highly sought by manufacturers. In a partnership with SkillsUSA, Project Lead the Way, Degreed, and Brigham Young University’s David O. McKay School of Education, the Institute is creating National Manufacturing Badges. These badges will recognize and credential the skills learned by students competing in the SkillsUSA program and particiating in the Project Lead the Way curriculum. The design of the badges is currently underway and is scheduled for launch in the Fall of 2012.
See how M-Badges work for students.
See how M-Badges work for employers.
The National Manufacturing Badges are part of the Open Badges Project designed by Mozilla and supported by the MacArthur Foundation. The Manufacturing Institute and its partners were one of 30 groups selected from over 500 applications to develop the first set of badges.
The Institute has also developed a set of Military Manufacturing Badges. See the Get Skills to Work Initiative for more details.