The University of Maine System invites learners to participate in Education Design Lab (External Link)‘s 21st Century Skills badges. The global economy is changing.

The VP of talent development at Linkedin, calls these durable, transferable skills, “the currency of the future workplace.” (External Site) They are highly valued by employers and in demand across the workforce. However, only 37% of employers believe their entry-level employees have these skills (External Site).

Take the time to verify to employers that you have the skills they seek by earning a digital badge!

How will I benefit?

There are many advantages for students who have earned 21st Century Skills Badges:

  • Stand Out
    Set yourself apart from other job applicants.
  • Become Visible to Employers
    Those who add badges on their LinkedIn profile get six times the views.
  • Articulate Your Skills
    More easily communicate your skills and competencies during interviews.
  • Obtain a Verified Record of Your Skills
    Build an electronic record that goes deeper than your resume and transcript.
  • Continuous Learning
    Keep earning more!

Learners who meet the criteria will receive a digital badge to share on LinkedIn and other sites! Click here for the guide and other resources.

Learn how you can earn these badges on your campus!

The 21st -Century skill badges have been embedded in some UMS courses, micro-credentials, and co-curricular activities. To find out how you can earn them on your campus, please complete the Interest Form below.

If you have an interest in earning these badges, please complete the Interest Form.

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“[the digital badge helps] hiring managers with identifying the skills that these students have rather than having to sift through resumes. The digital badge easily identifies and separates them from other potential applicants.” – Joanna Morrison, Northern Light Health

Contact Information

For questions about badges, micro-credentials, the Education Design Lab, and navigating the platforms and the online modules please email:

Last Updated: 3/8/24