Posted: 10 Mar 2016 11:40 AM PST
A recent article in Community College Daily showcased the increasing emphasis many postsecondary institutions are placing on short-term credentials and certificates earned throughout the course of a student’s education. ACTE has advocated for greater emphasis on certificates, certifications and licenses to offer students diverse learning opportunities in pursuing their chosen career, as well as to allow for professional advancement after entering the workforce.
The article notes that credential attainment has boomed in recent years, and provides students with flexible on- and off- ramps within their educational experience, as well as the opportunity to build their resume while still enrolled in school. These credentials can communicate a student’s specific skills and achievements to future employers and give them a leg up once they enter the labor market.
ACTE has advocated for additional opportunities for postsecondary students to pursue credentials and other short-term job training opportunities, including through the JOBS Act and CTE Opportunity Act. To learn more about the different types of credentials available to students, click here.