Credential As You Go Co-Leads Nan Travers and Holly Zanville on EdUp Experience Podcast

Participant Profile


Wake Technical Community College



Public Community College


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

Early Stage:

  • 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

Associated Case Studies

IT Power Pack: Certified Bookkeeper AIPB Using Intuit QuickBooks

IT Power Pack: Cisco Certified Network Professional CCNP

IT Power Pack: AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate

IT Power Pack: CompTIA Certified Cybersecurity Analyst CySA+

IT Power Pack: Microsoft Office 365/Office 2019 for Office Administration

IT Power Pack: Data Analytics for Business Professionals

IT Power Pack: Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA)

IT Power Pack: Bookkeeping: Intuit QuickBooks Certified User Online

IT Power Pack: Web Programmer Using Python and Django

IT Power Pack: Web Programmer Using HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript

Improving Education and Employment Outcomes