MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Tallo, a digital platform and app that connects talent with opportunities, has reached a new milestone, now providing one million users with a place to start learning about and preparing for their future career.
“We are ecstatic knowing that our platform now stands to help more than one million talented individuals earn scholarships, find the right postsecondary program, and launch successful careers,” said Casey Welch, Tallo CEO and Co-founder. “We created Tallo as a small startup in South Carolina eight years ago, and we’re just as determined now as we were then to ensure that our community of future leaders finds success.”
Tallo helps foster meaningful dialogue between high school students, college students, jobseekers, corporate partners, post-secondary institutions, and organizations by serving as a networking platform that uniquely caters to the skills and expertise that talent (age 13+) have to showcase. Users build online portfolios and profiles to showcase their test scores, classes, certificates, experience and extracurriculars, and their future career and education interests.
Tallo users can communicate with recruiters at companies and colleges to learn more about their programs, mission, available positions, and the kind of training they require. Similarly, companies and colleges can reach out to talent users who look like a good fit for their organization, offering relevant advice in the hopes of building a future talent pipeline.
“Part of the reason why we created Tallo was because before it, student athletes were the only high school students who had highlight reels,” explained Welch. “Everyone deserves to have a place to display and leverage their strengths to pursue their dreams.”
In 2012, the Tallo platform was introduced to two South Carolina high schools, Goose Creek High School and Summerville High School. Since then, Tallo has gained users in all 50 states, representing over 27,000 high schools and 4,000 colleges, and has made over 180,000 connections for their talent users. Tallo partners with colleges, companies, and organizations with a strong presence throughout the state of South Carolina and across the country, like Boeing, Walmart, Spinx, Clemson University, The Citadel, and Charleston Southern University.
"We're looking for the next generation of leaders to propel Boeing into the future,” said Lindsay Leonard, Senior Director of Government Operations at Boeing. “South Carolina is full of bright students from every county and the Tallo platform helps us discover them."
Thanks in large part to South Carolina Future Makers, an initiative between Tallo, the South Carolina Department of Commerce, the South Carolina Department of Education, the South Carolina Technical College System, and several other key players in workforce development, there are more than 100,000 Tallo users in South Carolina.
“In order to continue the growth and progress of education and career preparation throughout South Carolina, resources like Tallo are critical,” said Molly Spearman, South Carolina Superintendent of Education. “Our state has no shortage of wonderful talent in our K-12 schools, institutions of higher education, and industries, and the Tallo platform is the online ecosystem that brings it all together.”
"In South Carolina, we recognize our people are the Palmetto State's greatest asset,” said South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. “Tallo’s ability to connect our workforce and students with educational institutions and companies will further advance SC’s talent pool and set the table for future economic growth and prosperity. Congratulations to Tallo for reaching this exciting milestone!”
“When the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance chose to partner with Tallo in 2016 through the SC Future Makers initiative, we recognized that reaching the next generation of talent required an innovative and creative approach. The platform has allowed thousands of South Carolinians to connect to meaningful opportunities in a way that’s never been done before in workforce development. This milestone is a testament for how technology can empower individuals to realize their dreams and position themselves for future careers,” said Sara Hazzard, President and CEO of the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance.
Over the past year, Tallo has been cited by a report commissioned by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Business Insider, and the Office of the White House as a pioneer in the career navigation process, unlocking real career avenues for determined students ready to enter the workforce.
“Tallo has made a huge difference in my life,” said Irvin Espinosa, a rising sophomore at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. “Through it, I participated in South Carolina’s 2019 STEM Signing Day, received a scholarship from Boeing to attend Embry-Riddle, and am now so proud to say I’m a first-generation college student.”
Tallo is the first online app that assists students in designing a career pathway, educators in recruiting top talent to their schools, and employers in developing a stable, continuous talent pipeline. Through a mobile digital portfolio, students (age 13+) and professionals showcase their skills and abilities, receive personalized career guidance, match with over $20 billion in scholarships, and get directly connected with post-secondary institutions and companies looking for the next generation of talent. For more information, visit www.tallo.com