Workforce Credentials Coalition

The WCC is a coalition of states that are working together to improve alignment between academic and industry-based credentials.

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 this 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.

Watch Workforce Data Explained: Connecting Certification Data to Workforce Success

Renah Wolzinger and Matthew Meyer talk to WDQC about the Workforce Credentials Coalition

What are industry-based certifications, and why do they matter?

Industry-based certifications are credentials awarded by private certifying bodies (not schools or governments) that are based on an individual demonstrating designated knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform a specific occupation or skill. Certification is a time-limited credential that is renewed through a recertification process.

As industry certification becomes more prevalent in the labor market, it is important for educational institutions to establish data sharing relationships with certifying bodies to ensure their programs are well-aligned with industry and professional standards. Better alignment between academic and industry-based credentials will be a win-win for community colleges, certification providers, employers, and most importantly, students.

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