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.
The Mapping Upward project, supported by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) provided technical assistance to four community college networks comprising 13 colleges as they worked to embed stackable, industry-recognized credentials within technical associate degree programs and to field test a Stackable Credentials Tool Kit that was developed to help a broader range of stakeholders learn about stackable credentials.
Mapping Upward Tutorials