This year was the first opportunity I’ve had to attend NACAC. As a Parchment product manager who is lucky enough to spend a lot of his time working with K12 school administrators and staff, heading to this conference in Indianapolis was a very exciting prospect! Every day, I work to translate the feedback from our end users into the features and changes we incorporate into the Parchment product; what better place than a big conference to get a feel for how we’re doing?
I boarded my 6:30AM flight full of questions (and more than slightly sleepy). In a school administrator’s eyes, are we doing everything possible to help students get their credentials delivered? Are we helping to streamline the administrator’s daily workflow? Are we making the difference that we set out to make?
Parchment’s mission as a company is to empower individuals to make the most of the credentials they earn during their lifetime. The NACAC conference is centered around the K12 market, and for a lot of people, that’s really the first major credential they’ll earn. And after spending a few days in Indianapolis, meeting a lot of amazing people, and learning about their experience using Parchment, I’m happy to say that the answer is unequivocally yes.
Yes! Parchment is helping overworked, understaffed administration teams deal with the increasingly busy and high-pressure college application season. Yes! Parchment is helping deliver these credentials for a larger group of students with each successive year. And maybe most importantly to me, yes! Parchment has a lot of really exciting new tools and features coming that will make life even better for K12 staff.
I could not be happier with my experience at NACAC. Seeing all of the vendors and technology companies come together to help make life better for the educational institutions we care so much about is fantastic. But, after talking with many of the schools we partner with, there was one message that I received more clearly than any other: things are great now, and they’re only getting better.