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Salesforce Joins Forces with SNHU to Offer College Credits

A new partnership between Southern New Hampshire University and Salesforce will give students the opportunity to earn college credits for completing Salesforce training badges.

Salesforce and SNHU

Salesforce is collaborating with Southern New Hampshire University to allow students to transfer their skills from the company's free online learning program into college credits. Salesforce launched Trailhead in 2014 to give learners the opportunity to earn badges for mastering aspects of the company's platform.

Trailhead users can earn college credit by completing Salesforce badges for administrators and developers. Salesforce learners who earn those badges and are accepted to SNHU will be able to get three college credits for an experiential learning course at the university. Those credits can be counted as a major elective course for more than 100 undergraduate degree programs offered by SNHU.

The new partnership comes two months after Salesforce announced Trailblazer Connect, a hub offering users of the company's online learning platform opportunities to find career opportunities through online bootcamps, mentorships and résumé exchanges.

"While [a] 'customer-centric' approach can be a foreign concept in higher education, SNHU has always worked hard to do that well. Working with Salesforce to talk about new ways to connect learning, college and career success is a natural extension of that philosophy," said SNHU president Paul LeBlanc in a Q&A posted on Salesforce's website.

More information on opportunities to earn Trailhead badges can be found here.

About the Author

Sara Friedman is a reporter/producer for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe covering education policy and a wide range of other public-sector IT topics.

Friedman is a graduate of Ithaca College, where she studied journalism, politics and international communications.

Friedman can be contacted at sfriedman@1105media.com or follow her on Twitter @SaraEFriedman.

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