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About Pathways to Credentials

The Pathways to Credentials project is designed to assist community and technical colleges in their efforts to embed stackable, industry-recognized credentials within technical (CTE) associate degree programs. Community and technical colleges are eligible to apply to become part of a cohort of up to 10 colleges. The cohort colleges will receive customized technical assistance to advance their efforts in stackable credential design including components such as employer engagement, industry certification alignment, and non-credit/credit integration. Selected colleges will receive technical assistance from subject matter experts and a dedicated coach who will guide them through program/institutional assessments, goal setting, and action planning to meet local needs.


Technical Assistance Benefits

Led by the Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD) and partner organization, Social Policy Research Associates (SPR), Pathways to Credentials will provide technical assistance (TA) services at no cost to participating colleges from April 2020 through July 2021. Colleges will be coached individually but also benefit from interactions with the entire cohort, providing a peer group with which to exchange ideas and solutions. Participating cohort colleges will benefit from:

  • Monthly coaching from a dedicated TA coach, targeted support from additional subject matter experts to address local challenges, webinars, and an online community of practice to share resources and promising practices.
  • A curated collection of tool kits and tutorials designed to address the professional development needs of cohort team members.
  • A two-day Technical Assistance Institute to learn from leader colleges and national experts.
Pathways to Credentials


Applicant Webinar:
March 5, 2020 at 2PM EST

Applications Due:
April 16, 2020 at 5PM CDT

Applicants Notified:
On or before April 30, 2020

Technical Assistance Period:
May 2020 – July 2021

Technical Assistance Institute:

OCTAE Contacts

Erin Berg

Sherene Donaldson

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