Capture Diverse Credentials

Increase the range of credentials (certificates, certifications and licenses) being counted in addition to degrees—including those awarded by industry third-parties—within outcome data monitored by state longitudinal data systems.

State Blueprint in Action

Illinois partnered in 2012 with CompTIA, a trade association that provides information technology certifications, to explore ways to match individual-level certification data with other education and workforce program data. This project was successful in matching certification data with student records from Illinois community colleges to analyze characteristics of students who took and passed certification tests. It was also successful in demonstrating the major legal issues in sharing data and identifying ways to improve the quality of data matching. This initiative provides an example of how a state can build partnerships with industry to improve the quality and completeness of data on student credential attainment. The Association for Career and Technical Education, a WDQC national partner, is working with CompTIA and The Manufacturing Institute to expand this pilot to other states. See ACTE's recent update on the project.

Nearly one in seven people working in Indiana have a professional or occupational license regulated by the state’s professional licensing agency. That agency is an umbrella organization for more than 35 boards, commissions, committees and licensing bodies such as the Medical Licensing Board and the Indiana Real Estate Commission. It regulates more than 70 professional licenses including pharmacists, nurses, dentists, veterinarians and cosmetologists. This centralized administration of the multiple boards and commissions is designed to make it easier for people to apply for licenses through a single agency and for consumers, clients and patients to check on the status of professionals from whom they are receiving services. The unified structure also facilitates linkages with other types of data, such as student records and wage records.

Maryland’s governor set a goal in 2010 for increasing the postsecondary attainment of the state’s citizens as part of the Skills2Compete initiative. In order to measure progress toward the goal, 38 partner agencies and organizations collaborated to better track completion of many types of postsecondary education, such as educational certificates, apprenticeships, job training, non-credit community college courses, and corrections occupational certificates. As the state’s goals have evolved, it continues to work on collecting data about occupational licenses, industry certifications, and other non-degree credentials.

Workforce Credentials Coalition - The California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office and Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy have teamed up with the North Carolina Community College System to lead a coalition toward establishing joint data standards, data sharing agreements, and a single data repository, so that information on certification outcomes can be more easily shared with community colleges across the nation. Each partner will tie the data to their state programs' success and wage gain information.
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