Over the past decade there has been tremendous growth in the number of short credentials awarded by public community colleges. These programs of study are explicitly vocational and require fewer credits for completion than an associate’s degree. However, it is not clear whether students benefit from obtaining these certificates. On the one hand, these credentials could be tightly coupled with local labor market needs and provide students with tangible skills that could help them get jobs. On the other hand, these short programs of study could leave students with a credential that means little to employers and offers them no clear avenue to additional schooling.
PLEASANT PRAIRIE, Wis. (March 22, 2016) – The National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) today announced a strategic technical certification program with Dremel to develop and implement a series of vital and creative certifications to introduce experiential learning to the classroom.
“COLLABORATE in the classroom. COMPETE in the marketplace”, by Skills for America’s Future, is a case study about The National Coalition of Certification Centers–NC3– who has doubled the number of employer validated certifications awarded to students every year since its inception by connecting community colleges and industry around national and local workforce needs.
On February 18, fourteen community and technical colleges across the country participated in the third annual NC3-sponsored National CTE Letter of Intent Signing Day. In all, over 1,250 students took part in signing ceremonies that recognized their intention to pursue technical career pathways.
Tyler Junior College announced Friday that a new program will benefit its automotive technology students, as will area dealerships. The school has partnered with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3).