The WCC's Pilot Project has been divided into two phases:
Phase 1, Fall 2014 – Spring 2015: The goal has been to validate the baseline premise that National Student Clearinghouse can match certificate earner data with existing enrollment information in their system.
► National Student Clearinghouse and the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) signed a data sharing agreement that included privacy and re-use limitations, etc., that were agreed upon by both parties.
► Data elements included: first, middle, last name, gender, birth date, last college enrolled, last semester enrolled.
► National Student Clearinghouse measured nascent match rates using their existing data.
► Output to the institution was aggregated, but not by individual. For example, it showed what percentage of students ended up with a third-party credential.
► If successful, the pilot project will help set the process for creating a scaled environment for third-party credential attainment.
► A workforce analysis will be done using wage data and by collaborating with the various labor and economic analysis divisions within states (or other appropriate state agencies) to identify wage changes due to certification or occupation status.
Phase 2, Summer 2015 – Fall 2015: The goal is to create a win-win for all parties involved: the learner, the education institution, and the credential issuer.
From the credential issuer perspective, Workforce Credentials Coalition will explore several areas where collaboration with National Student Clearinghouse and higher education could yield some positive impact, such as:
► Identification and active tracking of stackable credential pathway development and attainment.
► Workforce connections, such as examining the value created by these credentials in the workforce.
► Curriculum assessment by credential type, which could help institutions define the best curriculum pathways to higher pass rates and credential attainment.
► Verification services for credentialing institutions that could usher in the ability to validate prior learning; and for commercial entities to help make it easier for credential holders to verify their attainment.