Moving from a Degree-Centric Postsecondary System to an Incremental Credentialing System: What Happens to Learners’ Financing Options?

Participant Profile

CREDENTIAL AS YOU GO PARTICIPANT

Wake Technical Community College

WEBSITE

TYPE

Public Community College

LOCATION

Research Triangle Park Campus, Morrisville North Carolina

COHORT

2022

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

Improving Education and Employment Outcomes