U.S. DoE Selects INFORM® Journeys as Reach Higher Challenge Finalist - Powered By EdGate CTE Standards Repository and Publisher Tools

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INFORM Journeys, powered by EdGate CTE standards repository and publisher tools, invited to demo day at the White House by U.S. DoE as a top five finalist in First Lady Michelle Obama's Reach Higher Career Challenge.

"Educational Publishers will be able to make their content discoverable inside the Journeys map, the same way Pandora, Spotify and Apple Music have done for music and podcast publishing." -Gina Faulk, EdGate’s General Manager

Innovation to help middle and high school students assess skills and interests, and offer accessible information on occupations, education options, CTE, credentials, and career-seeking skills is the focus of the U.S. DoE Reach Higher Career Challenge, spearheaded by First Lady Michelle Obama. INFORM Journeys makes the grade and has been named a finalist in the national competition, with assistance from EdGate’s Career Technical Education (CTE), Common Career Technical Core (CCTC) standards repository and EdGate’s suite of powerful publisher tools. See Journeys in action by watching a 3 minute video, found here.

With the recent addition of 500,000 CTE standards, EdGate now houses over three million standards in its repository, including an extensive selection of international standards. The addition of the CTE and CCTC standards helps EdGate support educational publishers in their efforts to help young people develop the technical and employability skills needed in today’s economy. This repository and EdGate’s innovative alignment tools are an important part of the Journeys platform.

Due to the large number of career paths, state CTE standards generally follow the model laid out by Advance CTE in their Common Career Technical Core standards. This model divides desirable career paths into sixteen “Career Clusters,” which are groups of jobs and industries related by skills or products. Within each cluster, there are “Career Pathways” that correspond to a collection of courses and training opportunities to prepare students for a given career. Students, parents and educators can use Career Clusters to help focus education plans towards obtaining the necessary knowledge, competencies and training for success in a particular career pathway.

“The sheer volume of CTE standards is staggering. EdGate is here to support educational content providers with CTE and CCTC standards every step of the way,” says Gina Faulk, EdGate’s General Manager. “We couldn’t be happier about Journey’s finalist recognition. Journeys provides personalized learning maps for students with turn-by-turn navigation to their education and career destination. Additionally, educational Publishers will be able to make their content discoverable inside the Journeys map, the same way Pandora, Spotify and Apple Music have done for music and podcast publishing. By partnering with EdGate, any publisher can navigate the digital divide and grow their offerings.”

About the Reach Higher Career App Challenge

The Reach Higher Career App Challenge is part of a series of prize competitions conducted by the U.S. Department of Education which seek to spur the development of new technology, products, and resources that will prepare students for the high-skill, high-wage, and high-demand occupations of tomorrow. The Challenge called upon app developers, educators, and data mavens to submit mobile solutions that help students navigate education and career paths, and increase the capacity of career counselors to serve students. Learn more at http://www.reachhigherchallenge.com

About EdGate Correlation Services

Founded in 1997, EdGate Correlation Services is a division of San Diego based EDmin, Inc. EdGate is committed to delivering the highest level of service and data products to educational publishers. EdGate's Standards Repository team tracks standards for all 50 states, Common Core State Standards, plus international and custom sets of standards. EdGate’s subject area experts align material from more than 200 publishers and content providers, including Capstone Publishing, Films Media Group, Encyclopedia Britannica, National Geographic, Texas Instruments, NBC News, and the Library of Congress. Curriculum Matrix, powered by EdGate, is a teacher-friendly Open Educational Resource repository and instructional tool. For more information, please visit http://correlation.edgate.com.

About INFORM Journeys

INFORM Journeys is a division of San Diego based EDmin, Inc. EDmin is dedicated to helping educators meet the needs of individual learners and working with our partners to improve student outcomes. Journeys will provide learners of all ages a “voice and a choice” on their path to reach their academic and career goals. For more information, please visit http://www.informjourneys.com or follow INFORM Journeys on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube @INFORMJourneys.

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