Propel Polk!

A first-in-the-nation pilot to teach durable skills to Polk County (Florida) high school students, who will receive digital micro-credentials for their resumes.


Propel Polk! Credentialing 21st Century Skills for Postsecondary Success is a pilot program to teach durable skills to 11th and 12th graders in the Polk County (Florida) School District. Over 450 students at 10 high schools are expected to participate.

The awarding of digital micro-credentials as “badges” will allow students to make the achievement of these skills visible to both colleges and employers. In addition, the deployment of the digital micro-credentials will be coordinated with business input through local employer convenings and effective Lab tools, such as the T-profile

Polk County School District, Polk Vision, and Central Florida Development Council are partnering with the Lab to deploy and support this foundational project.

Southern New Hampshire University is working with the Lab to analyze the durable skills micro-credentials for the potential award of college credit.

All Polk County post-secondary institutions are encouraged to get involved. Interested partners can reach out to the Lab ( to learn more about the process. 

Propel Polk! at the Badge Summit

Watch this Propel Polk! webinar at the 2023 Badge Summit, full of project details, data and more.

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