NACCE & IBM: Skills-Based Learning to Support Your Classroom

NACCE Press Releases,

IBM recently launched IBM SkillsBuild, which brings together two world-class, skills-based learning programs—"Open P-TECH" and "SkillsBuild"—under one brand. Through IBM SkillsBuild, students, educators, job seekers, and the organizations that support them can access free digital learning, resources, and support focused on the core technology and workplace skills needed to succeed in "new collar" jobs. 

NACCE and IBM will convene five member colleges to review the SkillsBuild platform to develop an educator resource portal, or toolkit for future faculty to take advantage of the resources offered on the platform within their classroom to support learning outcomes and student success.

Lead faculty will receive a stipend of $5,000 plus conference registration & travel for the participating in the pilot program. 

See IBM's full press release here.

Applications open October 20!
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Applications meeting the following requirements are invited to apply.

  • The applicant is a faculty member of a NACCE member college
  • The individual and/or college has the operational and physical capacity to participate monthly meetings, review of the platform, providing feedback and guidance in the development of the toolkit


Selected colleges will identify a faculty member that will work to coordinate, collaborate, and facilitate interaction with the student population to foster registered and active users on the IBM SkillsBuild platform. These efforts will be measured by the following outcomes:

  • Upskill, reskill, and prepare the workforce for the future of work through community colleges reaching enrolled students and community members.
  • Close the digital skills gap, especially in underserved and underrepresented communities.
  • Ensure access and equity for learners at all stages and on all paths of life and of work.
  • Create opportunity for entrepreneurs and small business owners to “level up” their skills for success project success.
  • Connecting communities to employability opportunities through the SkillsBuild platform
  • Providing hands-on learning experiences through the SkillsBuild Platform.
  • Support for the creation of a hub at the college recruit and onboard two additional faculty and 200 student-users onto the IBM SkillsBuild platform

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About IBM & Education
IBM's longstanding commitment to education has long been core to its corporate social responsibility initiatives. Ten years ago, IBM launched its P-TECH program, a revolutionary public education model designed to address the high-tech skills gap. Additionally, the company has created upskilling and reskilling programs for community members in every stage of their learning journeys. These teach technical skills for job roles that involve cybersecurity, quantum computing, cognitive AI, design thinking, and digital marketing. They also offer and human-centered professional workplace proficiencies for resume building, collaboration, presentation, time management – even mindfulness. IBM offers these with a mix of hands-on and virtual programs to reach people wherever they are globally.