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Portfolium Plugs Into 2.1M California Community College Students

SAN DIEGO, CA — Portfolium.com, the ePortfolio network that helps students connect learning with opportunity, has partnered with the California Community College (CCC) System to help its 2.1 million students at 113 campuses maximize their career and transfer success on the merits of their skills and competencies.

Portfolium — which captures multimedia proof of skills — will be used by the CCC internally for learning outcome assessment, and externally to provide evidence of its students learning and mastery to skills-hungry employers and to four-year transfer universities in ways that aren’t possible via traditional resumes or transcripts. Portfolium will be rolled out as an integrated complement to Instructure’s Canvas learning management system (LMS).

The CCC’s ambitious system-wide initiative will support two key goals:

First, to prepare students for the next leg of their journey, whether that be at another college, university or employer. “Almost 51 percent of graduates of the California State University system and 29 percent of the University of California system transferred from a California Community College,” according to the Foundation for CCC. In 2015, Portfolium signed long-term partnership agreements with both the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) systems.

Second, to leverage Portfolium’s growing social network which provides for an open, connected approach to learning and career development by linking students digitally with faculty, mentors, peers and employers. This “Internet of Skills” connects people on the basis of the skills they have, the skills they can teach, and the skills they are hiring for.

“Every student in the CSU, UC and CCC now has a chance to connect and view each other's work. In addition, employers will be able to access this goldmine of talent, which has the potential to streamline California students’ school-to-work transition," notes Deone Zell, associate vice president of Academic Technology at California State Northridge.

Portfolium will also enhance the CCC’s ability to track key data and insights. By sponsoring a rollout of free and portable ePortfolios, CCC faculty and administrators can better track students’ transfer and career success across each student’s lifelong learning journey.

“In reality, learning and career development are part of the same journey. As the world’s first network to truly help students connect learning with opportunity, we’re proud to help make this journey more cohesive and effective for CCC’s hard-working students. They deserve a chance to demonstrate and match their skills and interests with the best opportunities available in academia and in the workforce,” says Adam Markowitz, Portfolium’s founder and CEO.

About Portfolium
Portfolium partners with colleges and universities to help students connect learning with opportunity. Their ePortfolio network helps 5M+ students from over 150 partner institutions manage their skills and launch their careers. Portfolium’s cloud-based platform empowers students with lifelong opportunities to capture, curate and convert skills into job offers, while giving learning institutions and employers the tools they need to assess competencies and recruit talent.

About The California Community College System
The California Community Colleges system is the largest system of higher education in the nation, serving over 2.1 million students attending 113 colleges in 72 community college districts.

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