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At APLU's Joint Summer Meeting, Workcred to Showcase How Certifications Bolster Student Success, Careers


Workcred staff to highlight recent Lumina grant efforts connecting degrees and certifications

Executives from Workcred, an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) affiliate, will join education experts at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU)'s joint summer meeting of the Council on Research (CoR) and Commission on Economic Engagement (CECE) on June 18 to discuss How Financial Literacy and Certifications can Bolster Student Success and Career Opportunities. The segment will also detail how, with support from Lumina Foundation, APLU, Workcred, and the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) are exploring how institutions can integrate certifications into four-year degree programs to improve student success and workforce preparedness.

Workcred aims to strengthen workforce quality by improving the credentialing system, through preparing employers, workers, educators, and governments to use credentials effectively. In 2018, it was awarded a Lumina Foundation grant to collaborate with APLU and UPCEA to facilitate coordination between universities and credentialing bodies to strengthen student success and career outcomes (see related article).

At the CECE-CoR meeting, Roy Swift, Ph.D., executive director, and Karen Elzey, associate executive director of Workcred, along with other guest panelists, will discuss how universities can prepare students for a career in financial planning and ensure that all students have a foundation in financial literacy. APLU and the National Endowment for Financial Education seek to expand the availability of financial literacy learning opportunities for university students. CECE Chair President, Eric Barron, will host the June meeting at Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania.

Participants will include chief economic and community engagement officers, vice-presidents for research, and other administrators with responsibility for planning, executing, and communicating impact of research and engagement across public universities.

About Workcred

Formed in 2014, Workcred is an affiliate of ANSI whose mission is to strengthen workforce quality by improving the credentialing system, ensuring its ongoing relevance, and preparing employers, workers, educators, and governments to use it effectively. Workcred's vision is a labor market that relies on the relevance, quality, and value of workforce credentials for opportunities, growth, and development. Learn more at


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