SNHU Partners with Salesforce to Bring College Credit to Trailhead
Southern New Hampshire University’s ongoing commitment to expanding access to affordable education extends well beyond traditional and online learning. SNHU is focused on meeting learners where they are, and quite often that’s within the workforce where ever-changing organizational needs require continuous learning. The university has partnered with cloud-based software dynamo, Salesforce, an organization equally committed to empowering future generations with the skills necessary to start and grow their careers in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
In 2014, Salesforce launched Trailhead, a free online learning platform, which the organization reports has become a game changer for more than 1.5 million Trailblazers who want to develop new skills and broaden work opportunities and advancement.
In its partnership with SNHU, Trailhead will create pathways for Trailblazers to earn college credit by completing admin and developer badges, all while gaining critical skills needed in today’s workforce and well into the future.
In a conversation between Sarah Franklin, EVP and GM of Platform, Trailhead and Developers at Salesforce and SNHU President Dr. Paul LeBlanc, the former took note of the DNA match in the shared passion between Trailhead and SNHU for putting students at the center of a new kind of learning experience. “This partnership is about empowerment at scale,” Franklin said. “We’re joining forces to pioneer new ways of engaging students with online, experiential learning.”
According to LeBlanc, any Trailhead learner can apply to enroll in an SNHU degree program and have their Trailhead badges evaluated towards of over 100 undergraduate degree programs. “Any collection of 100+ Trailhead modules completed for either the admin or developer role, along with a Superbadge, will count as a 3-credit experiential learning course at SNHU,” he said. That credit can then be applied as a major elective for applicable IT-related programs or a free elective for any undergraduate degree program.
Experiential learning augments degree programs by allowing students to gain direct experience to use in their work and strengthen their career path by employing the application of learning through doing, one of the most reliable ways to ensure that learning happens and sticks.
Read Salesforce’s full conversation with Franklin and LeBlanc for more information about this partnership and its benefits to learners.
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