U.S. DoE Selects INFORM® Journeys Finalist in Education, CTE & Career Navigation Challenge

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INFORM Journeys 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. Winner of the education, CTE and career navigation challenge to be announced this summer.

“We believe Journeys is a game changer when it comes to providing students and educators support for educational and career path decision-making,” said Peter Sibley, who has led the Journeys effort.

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.

Journeys engages students in exploring possibilities, plotting life’s major transitions, and setting goals. Journeys works like Google Maps™, but for navigating K-12, CTE, college/university, military service and/or vocational training using an interactive map. Select a destination and Journeys will calculate the time to get there, provide detailed pathways to the selected destination and offer individualized assistance. Each personalized learning map can be saved, shared, and modified at any time. Journeys is the gateway to exploring lifelong learning with directions to guide the trip. See Journeys in action by watching our 3 minute video.

“We believe Journeys is a game changer when it comes to providing students and educators support for educational and career path decision-making,” said Peter Sibley, who has led the Journeys effort. “Journeys interactive learning map will provide users with an engaging platform so they are able to control the pace, path and context of both their short-term and long-term decision making. Every learner will use Journeys learning maps within five years. Current technology will go the way of floppy disks.”

Journeys includes integrated real-time career interest surveys, assessments and personalized teacher and student dashboards to track and monitor progress. Journeys has access to content from hundreds of the world’s best publishers. Thousands of education, training and career choices are easy to explore using the Journeys map. Users can browse through data provided by O*NET, which includes 22 major career clusters with 1,800 careers to select their career destinations. For each journey created, the learning concepts, as well as the skills and knowledge that must be mastered are provided. Specific career openings are personalized by region through the INDEED™ API.

Launching in fall 2016, Journeys can be fully integrated with an educational organization, but most importantly does not need to be a part of an institutional system for students to carry on their lifelong learning journey or to have access to their performance data and learning resources. Users of all ages will retain access to their account for their lifetime. This open access provides users the ability to more completely understand what they need to master, and how that mastery will be connected to what they need to learn to reach their goals.

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 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.

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