SALT LAKE CITY, September 23, 2015 – Graduation Alliance and Burning Glass Technologies today announced their partnership to power online career exploration and education planning for middle and high school students across the country through the application of real-time labor market analytics. Infusing age-appropriate user experiences with key information about industries and careers, the platform presents the greatest future opportunities for students by geographic region. This initiative underscores the commitment of both firms to expand early awareness of the skills and education required to succeed in the 21st century economy.
Connect!, the centralized career exploration and education planning platform delivered by Graduation Alliance, supports early identification of individualized skills and interests, leading students to the identification of postsecondary career goals and the alignment of academic pursuits. For users of the platform, the Burning Glass partnership provides an added advantage of embedded, real-time, labor market insights such as salaries, occupational outlook, and market forecast information. Leveraging Connect!’s individualized and directed user experience, Burning Glass analytics will be presented based on the preferences of each user, highlighting the education and skills required for different careers. By partnering with Burning Glass, Graduation Alliance intends to offer students the ability to leverage big data to explore career options as early as middle school, and to close the widening national skills gap by providing industries with qualified workers.
“In a fast-moving economy, it is imperative that middle and high school students are aware of how their education choices will impact their opportunities in the future,” said Marie DeMego, chief marketing & product officer of Graduation Alliance. “The career insights and big data expertise that Burning Glass brings to the table will allow us to reach across that K-12 – workforce aisle for the first time and shed light on those very specific, very in-demand occupations that are available for students but often go unnoticed.”
Burning Glass’ real-time labor market data is aggregated from close to 40,000 sources to track what jobs are open, what skills are in demand, and find patterns in real-life career transitions. Using big data from Burning Glass, the Exploration and Planning program offered by Graduation Alliance determines whether a student’s skills and interests match a selected career path and creates an integrated learning plan that maps out a curriculum customized to their education and post-graduation career goals.
“Everyone needs a road map to find a rewarding career, and middle school is not too early for students to be thinking about what they want to be. We’re pleased to be partnered with Graduation Alliance to provide students with the tools they need to make good choices,” said Matthew Sigelman, CEO of Burning Glass Technologies.
The data from Burning Glass will be offered to both current and new state partners of Graduation Alliance in an effort to widen the availability of proactive and intelligent career exploration among students.
For more information about Graduation Alliance’s Exploration and Planning platform, visit https://www.graduationalliance.com/exploration—planning.html.
About Graduation Alliance
Graduation Alliance strengthens communities, states and the economy by preparing and empowering tomorrow’s workforce. Through highly effective postsecondary planning, alternative education and training programs, Graduation Alliance ensures every student has an opportunity to succeed during and after high school. For more information about Graduation Alliance, visit https://www.graduationalliance.com.
About Burning Glass
Burning Glass Technologies delivers job market analytics that empower employers, workers, learners, and educators to make data-driven decisions. The company’s artificial intelligence technology analyzes hundreds of millions of job postings and real-life career transitions to provide insight into labor market patterns. This real-time strategic intelligence offers crucial insights, such as which jobs are most in demand, the specific skills employers need, and the career directions that offer the highest potential for workers.
Based in Boston, Burning Glass is playing a growing role in informing the global conversation on education and the workforce, and in creating a job market that works for everyone. For more information, visit burning-glass.com.
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