NextWork, the Opportunity Platform™, is an experiential learning portal designed for students to connect with local businesses through education, internships, job opportunities, job fairs and speaker series events. The goal of the platform is to provide a secure, student-focused portal to provide experiences and opportunities for students to become familiar with careers and local companies so that they may make informed decisions about their future. The platform also affords opportunities for school staff and community members to become aware of and understand their local business sectors.
Connecting students, the business community and educators:
The platform, created in part through a grant from Cleveland Foundation, is currently in pilot with 1,500 students and about a dozen companies through May 2021. Full rollout will occur in the Fall to approximately 200,000 students as part of the ESC NEO collaboration.
As with any technology that needs to stay relevant, NextWork will continue to evolve and improve. In beta is a learning management system with content and prescriptive learning paths, as well as a set of aptitude surveys and a ‘career configurator’ that will match student interests to potential career and educational opportunities. Additionally, the platform is in process of adding an iOS/Android app component to allow better longitudinal data with student progress after high school.
The ongoing promotion, operations and maintenance of NextWork is funded by business memberships and sponsorships, and will always be free to use for students, schools and parents.
NextWork is the Opportunity Platform for Students to Find and Prepare for their Future Careers
Direct access with ability to manage resumes/profiles/applications to experiences and potential longer-term opportunities; collaboration discussion boards
Create profiles with images, links, content, video to showcase companies. Create internships, experiences, job opportunity listings. Review/approve resumes of candidates and directly communicate. Use of event and calendaring system
Engage with local companies, parents and other school districts. Use of event and calendaring system. Create content for view by companies, other school districts, and the public.
Get information on local companies and programs geared towards students to enable meaningful conversations. View and attend professional speakers’ series and local events.
Launching in late 2021, the NextWork app will allow students and parents to find matched opportunities, chat with companies in your area, and apply for those opportunities right from your mobile device!