TRAIL is an online education company dedicated to bringing people their first experience with the Internet. We partner with libraries, schools, social services offices, workforce development centers and other trusted public institutions to offer our courses and features online for free. TRAIL's platforms, JobScout and HealthScout, allow thousands of learners to become Internet savvy. With users in over 12 countries, TRAIL is on its way to becoming the "first stop" on the Internet.
Our vision is to make sure our online learning tools get into the hands of the people who need them most, the over 60 million people in the United States who do not know how to use the Internet. Moving forward, our goal is to do the same for the over 5 billion people who face this issue worldwide.
TRAIL is committed to digital literacy, whether you are learning what a URL is and creating your first email account or you are ready to code in HTML.
Online learning has become a revolution, but one that has left many learners behind. Amazing learning experiences, provided through MOOC's, allow Internet users to have transformative educational experiences.
We asked ourselves: "Why is the same type of experience not available for someone new to the Web?" Democratizing education also means democratizing access to information for the first time. Our goal was to build a platform that was well-designed and easy-to-use.
The lessons themselves use an interactive model, reinforcing lesson content with quizzes and simple games, so that our users retain the Internet skills they have learned. We further help our learners apply these skills by providing easy-to-use features on our platforms so they get some experience navigating an online platform.
COO at JobScout. Content Creator. Startup Attorney. Former Education Advocate. Policy Geek. Pug Lover.
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Who we are
We are best friends from law school who have worked in two other companies together: our law firm, Gagnier Margossian, and REALPOLITECH, a digital strategy consultancy. With an $87.00 phone deposit rebate from AT&T we received after living together one summer, we started Gagnier Margossian in 2006 as a public affairs firm while still in law school.
We work together well because we compliment each other well, trading off who gets to be the risk taker and who gets to be the pragmatist.
Why we're doing this
The California State Library tasked our team with the goal of building a tool to teach people how to use the Internet and find work online. We have been in beta in over 1,000 libraries in California for nearly two years and have moved on to social services and education institutions.
JobScout has gone from a project with a mission to a mission-driven startup.
We do this because we are committed to getting the next billion people online and meaningfully using the Internet to better their lives.
Most impressive accomplishment
Christina walked right out of law school and started her law firm, Gagnier Margossian, with Stephanie. Gagnier has served as the CIO of Mobilize.org, a non-partisan Millennial civic engagement organization. Gagnier researched for Larry Lessig, working on Code 2.0 and Remix and is a published Internet and Privacy law attorney. Gagnier’s career began offline in the non-profit sector, working on initiative campaigns and coordinating voter turnout in California for causes relating to education.
Stephanie walked right out of law school and started her law firm, Gagnier Margossian, with Christina. Margossian managed the public interface and outreach efforts for the California Child Development Administrators Association (CCDAA). In 2009, Margossian was named Advocate of the Year by TeenNOW California for her work advocating for educational programs benefiting pregnant and parenting teens and their children.
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