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Higher ed and micro-credentials for intensive on-job training

Micro-credentials can be from organizations such as the American Welding Society, which recognizes skills in welding technologies.

Many changes and innovations have evolved in the workplace the past several decades.

Many changes and innovations have evolved in the workplace the past several decades.

From email and video conferencing changing how we communicate to shifts in the way work is done, we are seeing a new approach to work and education for today’s careers. Jobs in most industries now require advanced skills which need to be continually updated.

Being a lifelong learner is now part of the price to pay for working today. Higher education is meeting these changes by providing new, adaptable and customizable solutions for meeting the needs of today’s workforce.

The traditional path in education usually involves long periods of study. These courses can be credit or noncredit but usually involve many months or years training for a specific industry. Though this method is still beneficial in some areas, the technologically advanced workplace of the 21st century requires a new approach to providing the distinctive and changing skills for workers.

And this need is being met through micro-credentialing and digital badging.

Micro-credentials are competency based programs that are intensive job-embedded professional training.

These training programs are connected to the daily skills required for success by professionals in their respective industries.

These programs of study are rigorous and content specific. They allow the student to immediately enter the workforce with the skills required for their field or to be promoted in their field.

Since these courses are tied to specific competencies, or skills, they are recognized by the majority of industries.

For example, a workforce course in industrial mechanical automation may cover topics such as basic electrical, hydraulics, pneumatics and mechanical drives. This course can take three or more months to complete.

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