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.
The VA wants to develop badges that "make it easy for employers to see veterans for who they are: highly qualified individuals in any job applicant pool," VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki said.
VA Innovations Initiative will award up to three $25,000 prizes in five categories to teams that demonstrate they can develop and deliver digital badges representing skills learned in the military that are desired by civilian employers.
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