Digital Badges for Vets Contest

November 21, 2011

Veterans can have a hard time translating skills learned in the military into a neat summary on a resume, so the Veterans Affairs Department, with help from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, has kicked off a contest to develop digital badges.

The badges are online records of achievements that allow recipients to display skills obtained through non-traditional learning, such as work-related training and online courses.

The Badges for Vets contest -- also backed by the Education, Energy and Labor departments -- piggybacks on the existing Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition administered by MacArthur and the Mozilla Foundation, which has created digital badges for non-traditional learning. 

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