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ERIC Number: EJ1384193
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2023
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1067-1803
EISSN: EISSN-2151-755X
Fast-Tracking Learning: Micro-Credentials Provide a Rapid Pathway to Career Success
Pierce, Dennis
Community College Journal, v93 n3 p10-15 Dec 2022-Jan 2023
Micro-credentials are short, highly focused programs designed to provide in-demand skills that help students quickly advance their career, often in just a single semester. They have emerged as a way for students-many of whom are adult learners looking to change jobs-to acquire and demonstrate a core set of skills that can jumpstart their entry into a new career. Both students and employers can benefit from this highly accelerated credentialing process, which is helping workers overcome the loss of jobs during the pandemic and pivot rapidly into new careers amid the Great Resignation. Yet, there are many challenges involved in creating effective micro-credentialing programs. For instance: (1) How can community colleges retool their existing processes to award fast career credentials without disrupting traditional degree and certification programs? and (2) How can they ensure that micro-credentials will have value for both students and employers? Pima Community College in Arizona rolled out its first "Fast Track" programs to prepare students for a career as an automotive service technician, automated industrial technician, carpenter, electrician, plumber, HVAC technician, computer user support specialist or emergency medical technician. in October 2021.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arizona; New York; Maryland
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