With $3.2M Series A, Viridis Aims to Connect Community College Students and Employers

Tony Wan, EdSurge, Aug 10, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I've been talking for a while now about how future students will receive jobs offers or contracts as recognition for their learning, as opposed to badges or certificates. The LPSS program was looking at this last year. Now it looks like the commercial opportunity has been seized. "Students will see a list of relevant programs available from local community colleges. Viridis’ 'Skills Passport' will reflect students’ completed coursework and allow employers to review it. 'Through this passport, we’re able to validate students’ skills and become a sort of ‘Equifax for employment’,' Ortiz tells EdSurge." There's probably still room in this marketplace, and I think there's a lot more potential in portable (and usable) personal learning records than there is in analytics. But you have to build it first.

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