Stackable credentials focus career and technical education programs on building the critical skills needed for students to advance in growing sectors of the economy.
By awarding credit for a range of education, training, and workplace learning and skill building experiences that “stack” toward associate degrees, stackable credential programs help working students develop the skills they need to advance on the job and earn credentials that enable further study – at the same time. This accelerates credit attainment and may increase the likelihood of degree completion.
This initiative assists community and technical colleges in their efforts to embed stackable, industry-recognized credentials within technical associate degree programs. A cohort of 10 college teams is currently receiving technical assistance.
Industry Certification Data Exchange Project: Results and Lessons Learned Summer 2017
Between 2012 and 2017, the Certification Data Exchange Project (CDEP) pilot-tested a data exchange process to learn how data from third-party industry certifying agencies could be shared and matched with data from state education and workforce agencies. This video describes the results, lessons learned, and next steps for states interested in conducting similar data matches.
Dr. Maria Coons, Chief of Staff and Vice President of Workforce Planning and Institutional Effectiveness at Harper College, offers her perspectives on leveraging stackable credentials to increase completion and inspiring college staff to sustain this change in program design.
Dr. Annette Parker, President of South Central College in Minnesota, discusses curriculum redesign approaches that allow students to earn stackable college credentials aligned to industry certification.
Debbie Davidson, Vice President of Business and Workforce Solutions at Gateway Technical College, shares her perspectives on collaborating with employers to design stackable credentials and building capacity for industry partnership development at the department level.