North Dakota Information Technology (NDIT) launched the first-ever state-developed digital credential application on August 24, coined with the term “digital wallet.”
According to the press release, it allows users to present their high school transcript digitally. Students can have all their degrees, certifications, badges, and skills located in one accessible and secure application.
“These digital credentials are the future for North Dakota, and the nation, to allow individuals agency of their learner-employment-experience to gain access to employment opportunities,” said NDIT Chief Data Officer Ravi Krishnan.
This project has expanded to include industry-recognized credentials ranging from welding to cybersecurity. According to Tracy Korsmo, NDIT statewide longitudinal data system program manager and architect, this application serves the citizen as badging explodes and the United States shifts to a skills-based economy.
“This is about monetizing your skills and owning your credentials, with the convenience of having them on your personal device,” Korsmo said.
The news release says that the technology will allow citizens to easily share their skills with potential employers in an anonymous, equitable, and inclusive manner.
“This digital credential application will help high school students seamlessly transition to colleges and universities, allow adult learners to create skills and education portfolios, and help those who want to transition or advance in the workforce by allowing them to map out necessary education and share it quickly, easily, and securely with employers,” the NDIT said.
The Digital Credential wallet is accessible through the PowerSchool login and accessing the North Dakota Education portal.