Simcoach Games offers video game and mobile app learning for career discovery, exploration, readiness, and skill development, with an online badge tracking system.
Skills addressed: Communication, Self-Advocacy, Professionalism, Navigating Systems, Self-Esteem, Digital Fluency, Leadership, Ethics, Self-Awareness
Simcoach Games, founded in 2005 by Jessica Trybus, is a Carnegie Mellon Entertainment Technology Center spinoff based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The company works with schools, government agencies, unions, and industry groups, such as advanced manufacturing and transportation, to develop customized learning games. In 2015, it launched its workforce development platform, Skill Arcade, which allows users to track their game use and badges they earn. These can then be shared to pursue training and job opportunities. Simcoach worked with the local Pittsburgh Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board to develop the JobPro games series, which saw 35,000 downloads in one year. Simcoach partnered with the U.S. and Pennsylvania Departments of Transportation and the Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania to create a career awareness tool called Future Road Builders, with games, videos, and assessment tools. Simcoach Games was acquired by Sigma Resources in 2020.