The founding team that brought the New World of Work soft skills program to scale across the 116 California Community Colleges system has now transitioned to focus on the creation of the Essential Skills Program (ESP).


The pandemic has drastically altered the workplace. Individuals have to quickly adapt to find new employment or transition to remote work. Soft skills programs with measurable outcomes designed to serve broad populations are needed now more than ever.


The Essential Skills Program team has spent the past decade leading a successful curriculum and training process where learners earn digital badge credentials employers actually value. We provide free lessons, customized content, and train-the-trainer sessions to support behavior change.


Our partners provide input for the creation of soft skills content useful for learners and valued by employers. This collaborative approach builds an empowered, educated workforce and makes economic mobility possible for everyone.


Our tiered approach to development is:


Provide a full offering of FREE onboarding lessons for each essential soft skill.


Develop higher level and/or customized soft skills content for a specific industry or organization.


Provide train-the-trainer sessions and analytics for organizations wishing to support sustained behavior change.

Let’s build an empowered, educated workforce and make economic mobility possible for everyone.




ADVANCE is a collaborative network of local organizations, government offices, and employers, able to provide access to a wide range of services that help adults meet educational, career, and personal goals. These goals can include: improving current employment, completion of a high school credential, entering college or career training, and even connecting job seekers with high-demand, local industry needs.

Center for Global Education: Asia Society

Asia Society is the leading educational organization dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among peoples, leaders, and institutions of Asia and the United States in a global context. Across the fields of arts, business, culture, education, and policy, the Society provides insight, generates ideas, and promotes collaboration to address present challenges and create a shared future. Founded in 1956 by John D. Rockefeller 3rd, Asia Society is a nonpartisan, nonprofit institution with major cultural centers in New York, Hong Kong, and Houston, and offices in Los Angeles, Manila, Mumbai, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, Washington, DC, and Zurich.

CEO Leadership Alliance of Orange County

The CEO Leadership Alliance, Orange County (CLA-OC) is a CEO-led network of leading private and public companies focused on cultivating a top tier innovation hub in Orange County, CA and creating a thriving OC for all.

Digital Promise

Digital Promise work at the intersection of education leaders, researchers, and technology developers to improve learning opportunities for all and close the Digital Learning Gap. Because when all learners have equitable access to technology, when everyone participates, and when everyone learns, we all benefit from a more engaged, informed and just society.

Gear Up

Gear Up makes your skills visible and increases your chances of that dream job. Gear Up brings qualified people and work closer together with (among others) open badges. These are digital badges that show that someone has mastered certain competences (knowledge or skills). Not only formal knowledge obtained through a diploma, but also informal skills can be appreciated by education or work. And colleagues, people at your internship and others can then endorse these badges. Badges allow you to better show yourself who you really are.

Guided Compass

The Guided Compass technology platform allows teachers, counselors, mentors, and WBL coordinators to be more effective at building personalized roadmaps for students as they seek to navigate through the 4th industrial revolution.

Lean Six Sigma Society of Professionals

The LSSSP (Lean Six Sigma Society of Professionals) offer a range of internationally recognised certifications for individuals in both Lean and/or Six Sigma. Certification for individuals may be in Lean and/or Six Sigma disciplines. Candidates must verify knowledge through both theory examination and practical application. The LSSSP approach to certification ensures that skills and knowledge are cemented through projects that are beneficial to hosting companies. The LSSSP certification process is an ideal way to ensure your workforce is continuously improving business processes and maximizing profits.

Native Forest Resources, Inc.

Native Forest Resources, Inc. is jointly owned by a woman and a Native American. It employs traditional ecological knowledge of sustainable forestry from conception to implementation. Native Forest believes that by creating capacity and providing jobs to rural communities it can help secure vitality for future generations. California forests and residents face an existential threat due to wildfires and ecosystem degradation. NFR, Inc. is answering the call to this complex problem by employing traditional tribal practices to solving modern complex problems.

North State Together

North State Together is a regional network of cross-sector partners who have come together to strengthen educational outcomes from cradle to career for ALL in far Northern California.   North State Together serves as the backbone organization providing support to five county collective impact networks:  Reach Higher ShastaExpect More TehamaAdvancing Modoc YouthTrinity Together Cradle to Career Partnership, and Cradle to Careers for Siskiyou. This backbone support includes guiding the overall regional vision and strategy, establishing shared measurements, building public will, supporting aligned activities, advancing policy and mobilizing funding, all within a regional support framework.

Worksystems Inc.

Worksystems, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that pursues and invests resources to improve the quality of the workforce in the City of Portland, Multnomah and Washington Counties. It develops policies and designs workforce development programs and services delivered through a network of local partners to help people get the skills, training and education they need to go to work or to advance in their careers. Worksystems’ partners include employers, labor groups, government, community colleges, high schools, community-based and economic development organizations.