Research Triangle Park Campus, Morrisville North Carolina
Implementation stage & efforts to date
Full implementation stage:
Create and offer 13 workforce/continuing education courses, focused on job roles, that include certifications which can be used for Prior Learning Assessment credit in related IT degree programs. These courses are longer-term (often 4-8 weeks) part-time study rather than short-term bootcamps or courses focused solely on certifications that were sometimes broken up over 2-3 individual courses
Create pathways that lead from introductory workforce/continuing education courses into degree programs with opportunities for further study inclusive of additional workforce/continuing education courses and articulations into bachelor’s degrees
Create challenge exams that can be used for Prior Learning Assessment credit, specifically focused on creating opportunities for prospective students from our own workforce/continuing education courses and for students enrolled in local bootcamps/training courses.
Goals for participation
Expand Challenge Exam opportunities
Track student data, including certification rates and persistence into degree programs
Promote opportunities to continue study from workforce/continuing education courses into degree programs
Credential As You Go has acquired three phases of funding to date. Lumina Foundation funded Phase I, resulting in the Incremental Credential Framework for testing. The Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education funds Phase II (Grant R305T210063), which focuses on rapid prototyping of and research on incremental credentials with a national campaign. An anonymous private donor fund at the Program on Skills, Credentials & Workforce Policy at George Washington University funds the development of the prototype Learn and Work Ecosystem Library. Walmart funds Phase III, which focuses on systems change for expansion and sustainability of incremental credentials. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent views of Lumina Foundation, Institute of Education Sciences, the U.S. Department of Education, Walmart, or George Washington University.