Building Quality Credentials That Convey Skills and Competencies
Workcred continues to support institutions of higher education to develop credentials that represent the skills most needed in the labor market. Workcred is partnering with four community colleges to embed information technology and healthcare certifications into associate degrees so that students receive both a broad based education and the technical skills required by employers.
Microcredentials also provide opportunities for students to signal their skills and competencies to employers. Workcred and the University of Texas System (UT System) released a report, Integrating Microcredentials into Undergraduate Experiences, that provides a framework to guide the development and implementation of microcredentials. Workcred will continue to work with the UT System by conducting a series of workshops to develop policies, processes, and procedures that support the development of microcredentials.
Additionally, Workcred is helping to address the need for certifications for direct healthcare workers by bringing its expertise to support the development of a series of competency-based certifications that will help to professionalize the direct healthcare workforce in Michigan and, in doing so, increase the number of qualified workers who have economic security.