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Certification-Degree Pathways: Aligning Undergraduate Curriculum to Industry Credentials and Professions

Certification-Degree Pathways: Aligning Undergraduate Curriculum to Industry Credentials and Professions
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Author(s): Julie Uranis (University Professional Continuing Education Association, USA), Andréa Rodriguez (Coalition of Urban Serving Universities, USA & Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, USA), Isabel Cardenas-Navia (Workcred, USA), Karen Elzey (Workcred, USA) and Janet Forte (Workcred, USA)
Copyright: 2022
Pages: 20
Source title: Handbook of Research on Credential Innovations for Inclusive Pathways to Professions
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Yi Huang (Coppin State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-3820-3.ch001

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Abstract

Degrees from colleges and universities have historically been prerequisites for many good paying jobs. While the value of college degrees has recently been questioned by the American public, legislators, and employers, college is still viewed as an important component to the growth and socialization of learners destined to become future employees. Because they offer industry-recognized credentials, certification bodies already have a foothold in the siloed worlds of work and education and may provide an avenue to address the known gaps between employers and educational institutions. By leveraging their ability to identify the needs of employers as well as assessing knowledge and skills, certification bodies may play an important role in developing new opportunities for learners. Therefore, a pathway offering learners the ability to earn a certification while earning their degree provides individuals the ability to showcase a broad base of knowledge as well as work-relevant skills.

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