Develop a process for industry validation of awarded credentials across education and workforce programs.
State Blueprint in Action
Wisconsin promotes regional industry partnerships and engagement by industry in developing career pathways, credentials and curricula at its technical colleges. Western Technical College brought together several local manufacturers to learn about their skilled workforce needs, and in response designed a career pathway in computer numeric control (CNC) machining. The college created short-term certificates that integrate basic skills education and fit within its one-year diploma program. The Wisconsin legislature adopted a proposal in 2013 to base a portion of state funding for its technical colleges on performance. Colleges can pick from several measures, including the number of programs that include industry-validated curricula.