Brookings Institution Examines Value of Postsecondary Credentials
Posted: 29 Mar 2016 09:05 AM PDT
A new blog published by the Brookings Institution’s Brown Center on Education Policy reinforces the need for close ties between postsecondary credentials, such as those attained through short-term certificate programs, with local labor market needs to ensure that students derive value from their education. As decision makers develop new policy supports for students pursuing short-term credentials, it is important that corresponding emphasis is placed on increasing clarity for students regarding which credentials communicate value to future employers, as well as building relationships between postsecondary institutions and local industries.
OK Congressional Delegation Champions Veterans’ Access to CTE
Posted: 03 May 2016 02:18 PM PDT
Postsecondary CTE opportunities are uniquely positioned to serve returning veterans by teaching them to apply their skills in the context of a traditional workplace and ensuring they have the necessary credentials to enter the labor market.
In many states, these important programs are offered at career and technical education centers – public, non-profit, non-degree granting institutions that award certificates to students demonstrating their technical competency. A key strategy to serve these non-traditional students is offering programs that will accommodate their circumstances, including offering distance learning and online components. However, the current Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act prohibits non-degree granting institutions from eligibility for consideration of veteran’s benefits if the associated program includes any form of independent study, including online learning.
ACTE has advocated for legislation that would allow for these innovative programs to prepare our veterans for career success through credential-granting programs, which boost graduates’ earnings by an average of 20 percent according to the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. U.S. Senators Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and James Lankford (R-OK) and Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on Thursday, April 28, requesting comment and clarification on the issue, and are hopeful they can find a path forward to resolve this important issue.