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ERIC Number: ED489854
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Sep
Pages: 119
Abstractor: ERIC
Developing the IT Workforce: Certification Programs, Participants and Outcomes in High Schools and Two-Year Colleges. Final Report
Haimson, Joshua; VanNoy, Michelle
Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
Many high school and two-year college vocational programs are exploring new ways to help students develop and document skills valued in the labor market. Over the past decade, some efforts to improve vocational programs have focused on reorganizing curricula around skill standards and assessments formulated by employers. One recent example of this trend is the Information Technology (IT) certification programs based on curricula and tests developed by IT companies such as Cisco, Microsoft and Novell. Some educators have suggested that these IT certification programs are attractive because they offer opportunities for students with various levels of academic achievement and postsecondary plans to earn valuable credentials. These programs could serve as a model for other efforts to improve vocational programs by developing assessments and credentials for jobs that do not require a four-year college degree. The discussion presented in this report summarizes key findings relating to the design and resource needs of certification programs, the number and mix of students who have access to and participate in these programs, and participants' outcomes. (Contains 17 tables.) [This report was submitted by Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. to the U.S. Department of Education.]
Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., P.O. Box 2393, Princeton, NJ 08543-2393. Tel: 609-799-3535; Fax: 609-799-0005; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Two Year Colleges
Audience: Students
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mathematica Policy Research, Washington, DC.; Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A