Supported by Corporations, Local Government, and Education

Hats & Ladders works with existing local government, education, and industry sponsors to increase access to project-based and work-based opportunities (Ladders) in the community and online.

Youth Tech For Powering Up Youth Career Exploration & Growth

Hats & Ladders is a youth tech app that matches young people (ages 14-25) to these opportunities through self-guided career exploration and helps develop necessary Career Ready power skills.

Data Driven to Deliver Results

Hats & Ladders tracks usage and performance data so users can hone their skills, and Ladder partners can improve their offerings to expand community engagement and future outcomes for all.

Winner of the Reach Higher Career App Challenge!

Hats & Ladders is honored to have won the grand prize in the U.S. Department of Education’s Reach Higher Career App Challenge—a 2016 White House initiative led by First Lady Michelle Obama to empower youth to take control of their futures and complete their education beyond high school. The career app challenge called on educators and app developers to propose mobile-based solutions to help youth “navigate education and career pathways, and increase the capacity of career counselors to assist students.” Read our full Reach Higher Story here.

Our winning solution featured:

  • Visual, youth-centric content
  • Intuitive user interface
  • Research-based career recommendation engine
  • Alignment with CTE clusters
  • Integrated government data feeds
  • Direct connection to formal & informal career training
  • Connections to real world workplace experiences for youth


How do you follow a path if you don’t know where you want to go?

Undecided Futures
Colleges & Universities
Potential Occupations
Average Jobs Held from Ages 18 to 48


We are looking for early adopters, program champions, & Ladder Partners!

If you are a local or state government official, school or college administrator, counselor, industry representative, non-profit, or teacher/facilitator interested in Hats & Ladders, please give us your contact information, and we will be in touch.

We are also seeking Ladders Partners interested in providing real world experiences, workplace experiences,  informal and formal career training, and 2-year and 4-year degrees.



Hats & Ladders Reach Higher Anniversary
Still Reaching Higher…One Step at a Time

It’s been exactly one year since the Hats & Ladders team, as one of five finalists in the Reach Higher Career App Challenge, got to present our vision for how mobile technology could bring much needed innovation to career education.  From the start, the challenge spoke to us professionally as game designers who spend a […]

Posted in: App Challenge, App Updates,
Tags: Career Education, CTE, Hats & Ladders, Reach Higher, Vocational Education,
School Counselor Week: What Self Assessments Do You Use with Students? #NSCW17

Greetings, career educators and school counselors! Since it’s National School Counselor Week, we decided to share some of the history we’ve uncovered around career self-assessments, particularly because we know how meaningful these types of assessments can be in helping students start to figure out which careers might be a good fit for them. Self assessments […]

Posted in: Counselor Week,
Screen Shot from Hats & Ladders Web site
Our new look for 2017!

As you may have noticed, Hats & Ladders has a new website! Since winning the Reach Higher Challenge, we’ve been hard at work building out the “alpha” pilot version of our platform for middle schoolers. Our new web site complements the Hats & Ladders app design and will scale well as we welcome new users […]

Posted in: Technology,


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