ERIC Number: ED467853
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
More Than a Matter of Degree--Credentialing, Certification and Community Colleges.
Flynn, William J.
The issue of credentialing and certification has become a major topic of discussion in America's community colleges. At the heart of this issue is the movement of private sector companies into areas previously viewed as the province of higher education: education and training, assessment of competencies, and the awarding of credentials that carry respect and value in the marketplace. This movement has led to competition between traditional education providers and newer adult certification centers. These white papers present a review of colloquia sponsored by two affiliated councils of AACC--the National Council on Occupation education (NCOE) and the National Council for Continuing Education and Training (NCCET). The papers argue that the rapid rise of the information technology industry has accelerated the demand for certification programs. Companies say they hope to hire an additional 900,000 workers, but of this total, 425,000 positions will go unfilled because of a lack of applicants with requisite skills. The papers define issues of immediacy and issues of long-range significance for AACC. Among the short-term issues is the need for continued regional and national meetings, and the need to work with the Department of Labor and the Department of Education to increase funding for efforts in credentialing and certification. (NB)
Descriptors: Business, Certification, Community Colleges, Credentials, Emerging Occupations, Information Science Education, Information Technology, Labor Force Development, Student Certification, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
National Council for Continuing Education and Training, P.O. Box 130623 Carlsbad, CA 92013. Tel: 760-753-8375; Fax: 760-942-7296; e-mail: email@example.com. For full text: http://www.nccet.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council for Continuing Education and Training, Carlsbad, CA.
Note: Based on two colloquia sponsored by National Council on Occupational Education (Brainerd, MN, July 2000) and National Council for Continuing Educational Training (Scottsdale, AZ, June 2001).