Southern New Hampshire University has been awarded a $1 million grant from Google.org to explore soft skills assessments, such as trustworthiness, for people aged 16 to 24.
The grant will allow the university, working with partners, to tackle the issue by building and deploying an assessment platform designed to map in-demand soft skills for 2,000 people in high-need areas by 2020.
SNHU was among seven others that received funding from Google.org as part of its work initiative, a two-year project to help prepare for the changing nature of work, and is the only university on the list.
The assessment platform will be competency-based and mapped to in-demand soft skills including communication, leadership and empathy.
The results will then feed into a facilitated job placement process to help inform a training model for this underserved population.
SNHU will also address the lack of credentialing issue by providing those who complete this assessment with an SNHU official badge.