Pittsburgh-based nonprofit donates its popular online service to Pennsylvania schools so students can generate mandated career readiness artifacts from home

Press Release. 3-19-2020

PITTSBURGH, PA. In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic forcing school closures, Smart Futures, a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit technology company, is inviting Pennsylvania school districts and charter schools not currently subscribed to their service to utilize their career planning and portfolio platform at no charge for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year. The SmartFutures.org platform allows students to build mandated career readiness artifacts from their homes while schools are closed due to the pandemic.

The artifacts are a requirement of a new mandate called Future Ready PA that has made Pennsylvania the first state in the United States to require that each student develop a K-12 career plan and portfolio. 

SmartFutures.org offers online activities that are aligned to the Pennsylvania Academic Standards for Career Education and Work for each grade band (K-3, 4-5, 6-8, and 9-11).  These activities make it easy for students with access to a computer, tablet, or cell phone to create artifacts that comply with Future Ready PA career readiness indicators. Furthermore, these artifacts are portable between schools and districts.  The resulting plan and portfolio will carry with the student after graduation. Tools for simplifying the audit visit and PIMS file creation are also provided.

“We created SmartFutures.org to help schools be in compliance with this career readiness mandate,” says David Mosey, Smart Futures Executive Director. “Now the challenge posed by the Corona Virus has opened the door to getting more schools the help they need.  Beginning this process now will make it easier for districts and charters to move forward once the pandemic is over.”

To take advantage of this offer or to learn more, a district or charter school representative should email dmosey@smartfutures.org to express interest in moving forward.  Smart Futures will send out a startup kit and invitation to a Zoom Meeting for an overview SmartFutures.org and the onboarding process required to get students started quickly. 

For more information, contact:
David J Mosey
Executive Director, Smart Futures
Phone:  412-288-3900