Publications and Events: Presentations



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December 15, 2021
How Credentialing is Preparing for the Future of Work
On December 15, 2021, Workcred joined a panel of experts to discuss the future of work and how Workcred views the role of credentials in the new world of work and how upskilling can help organizations meet current labor challenges.
Featuring: Isabel Cardenas-Navia
Hosted by: Certiverse
November 18, 2021
Enhancing Student Outcomes through Certification+Degree Pathways
During the CAEL Annual Conference, Workcred’s Karen Elzey joined partners APLU/USU and UPCEA to highlight the role certifications can play in bolstering student success and improving employability outcomes through embedding, aligning, and integrating independent certifications with four-year degree programs. In this session, panelists presented the framework developed to guide implementation of Certification+Degree pathways, as well as the challenges and opportunities for these pathways, and showcased ways higher education institutions, certification bodies, and employers can better connect with one another to establish more meaningful pathways for students.
Featuring: Karen Elzey
Hosted by: CAEL
October 26, 2021
Judging the Relevance of Skills Credentials
As job seekers reset their expectations, employers must expand the definition of qualified candidates and consider non-traditional hires. View the recorded presentation to explore best practices in identifying quality credentials.
Featuring: Roy Swift
Hosted by: AARP and From Day One
October 1, 2021
Trends in Credentialing: A Call to Action
During the ANAB 2021 Credentialing Conference, Dr. Roy Swift presented about the state of the workforce and Workcred’s latest efforts to strengthen workforce quality by improving the credentialing system.
Featuring: Roy Swift
Hosted by: the ANSI National Accreditation Board
September 23, 2021
Beyond the Power and Cost Effectiveness of Stackable Credentials - Creating the Multiskilled Worker
The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed a growing demand for education and training beyond the confines and commitments of traditional multi-year programs. While many Americans remain unemployed and hungry for education and training, over 60% of Americans say they would now prefer to pursue non-degree options, according to new research from the Strada Education Network. A proven solution to these challenges is stackable short term credentials that includes embedded certifications which have the power to help students quickly, efficiently, and cost-effectively gain transparent in-demand skills that lead to employment.

Roy Swift joined panelists on a dynamic discussion about how stackable credentials and bundling and building skills can more readily address employer needs, while also providing students a path for lifelong learning. Other panelists included Jennifer Marquez of Kaiser Permanente, Angie Bush at UTMB Health, and Eric Bing with the College of Health Care Professions. It was moderated by Paul Fain from Work Shift.

Featuring: Roy Swift
Hosted by: Whiteboard Advisors
September 22, 2021
Connecting Certification and Education Data to Understand Career and Credential Pathways
Karen Elzey joined panelists on September 22 to highlight the National Student Clearinghouse’s Industry Credentials Initiative, which is a public-private data infrastructure that links together academic and industry credential information for the first time, as well as to share information about the network that Workcred has created for certification bodies to learn about the value of linking data. Moderated by Karen Elzey, the panel include Vanessa Brown of the National Student Clearinghouse, Christy Uden of the Board of Certified Safety Professionals, and Holly Zanville of the George Washington Institute of Public Policy.
Featuring: Karen Elzey
Hosted by: the Certification Network Group
September 10, 2021
Industry 4.0 Workforce Summit Webinar Series: Alternative Pathways, Platforms, and Policies
Dr. Roy Swift joined the American Society for Engineering Education’s workforce webinar series on September 10, 2021, to discuss how alternative credentials can power diverse pathways and increase the value of engineering education.
Featuring: Roy Swift
Hosted by: American Society for Engineering Education
August 2, 2021
Quality and Relevance: The Keys to Linking CTE to Industry Certifications to Create the Successful Pathway
With more than one million credentials in the United States – and more than 6,000 industry certifications – it is no surprise that educators, students, and parents are confused about what credential to choose and how to determine if it leads to a successful career pathway. It is estimated that only 10-15 percent of the more than 6,000 certifications are accredited. This means that stakeholders have to have some validated criteria for judging the quality and relevance of these certifications outside of accreditation. This presentation given by Dr. Roy Swift on August 2, 2021, provides some specific guidelines for determining a quality certification, the market value and relevance of the certification, and how to determine if there is an alignment of learning outcomes/competencies to specific CTE programs.
Featuring: Roy Swift
Hosted by: New Hampshire CTE Summer Learning Series Convening
July 26, 2021
Report Release - Meeting Regional STEMM Workforce Needs in the Wake of COVID-19
On July 26, Workcred’s Karen Elzey joined a panel to showcase the new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The report reveals key findings on addressing workforce issues laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic and how regional communities across the nation are expanding their science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM) workforces to position them for success going forward. Other panelists included Lee Wellington, founding executive director of the Urban Manufacturing Alliance; and Rachel Lipson, director of The Project on Workforce at Harvard University.
Featuring: Karen Elzey
Hosted by: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
June 16, 2021
Utilizing Credentials to Speed Up the Job Hunt
Workcred’s executive director, Dr. Roy Swift, and Pearson VUE’s director of market development for government and military, Sue Jackson, co-presented for the Council of College and Military Educators (CCME) Annual Symposium, "Bridging the Gaps – Credentials that Lead to Sustainable and Successful Outcomes." The conference featured sessions for service members and their families, educators, veterans, and other workforce experts. Through the presentation, Swift and Jackson highlighted the importance of certifications to the military.
By: Roy Swift, Workcred; Sue Jackson, Pearson VUE
Hosted by: Council of College and Military Educators
June 15, 2021
Meeting STEMM Workforce Needs: Promising Practices across the U.S.
During the JFF Horizons 2021 National Summit, “Building a Future that Works,” Karen Elzey, Workcred’s associate executive director, joined panelists to showcase the results of the 2020 National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine workshop series addressing regional STEMM (science, technology, engineering, math, and medicine) workforce needs in the wake of Covid-19. The series sought to foster nationwide conversations about shifts in the U.S. workforce as a result of the pandemic, and strategies and partnerships for aligning displaced workers with regional STEMM workforce needs. Other participants included moderator LaChaun Banks, Ash Center for Democratic Governance Harvard Kennedy School, and committee member Rachel Lipson, Harvard University Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy.
Featuring: Karen Elzey
Hosted by: JFF
June 9, 2021
Quality Credentialing: What Is It And What Do You Do With It?
Dr. Roy Swift, Workcred’s executive director, presented Workcred’s recent work to increase the quality, market value, and effectiveness of credentials in the U.S. to the Midwestern Higher Education Compact’s Comprehensive Learner Records Advisory Group (MHEC CLR AG). This group of individuals from a variety of constituencies explores specific areas of interest and helps MHEC strategize and prioritize additional projects within the area of digital credentialing and comprehensive learner records to bring value to MHEC’s member states. The advisory group looks at areas where technology and higher education intersect, seeking collaborations across the region that can produce benefits for the Midwest that otherwise would be difficult to achieve at state and institutional levels.
By: Roy Swift
Hosted by: Midwestern Higher Education Compact
May 20, 2021
Transforming Higher Education: The Role of Micro-Credentials and Collaboration
During HEInnovate webinar focused on micro-credentials, Karen Elzey, Workcred's associate executive director, provided insights into the work already done on micro-credentials in the U.S., particularly within bachelor’s degree programs. Moderated by Rebecca Allinson from the Technopolis Group, Elzey joined panelists Klara Engels-Perenyi, from the European Commission, and Alisson Avila and Christian Friedl of the FH Joanneum University of Applied Sciences.
Featuring: Karen Elzey
Hosted by: HEInnovate
February 3, 2021
Variable Impacts of New Credentials for the Older Worker
Workcred's director of research, Isabel Cardenas-Navia, Ph.D., shared the findings during a recent Federal Reserve event on “Uneven Outcomes in the Labor Market: Understanding Trends and Identifying Solutions.” Researchers, policymakers, and practitioners at the conference examined disparities in employment, labor force participation, income, and wealth across demographic groups. Dr. Cardenas-Navia joined panelists Julie L. Hotchkiss of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta; Ryan James Parsons, doctoral candidate at Princeton University; and Chauncy Lennon of Lumina Foundation during the education and credentials session of the conference.
By: Isabel Cardenas-Navia
Hosted by: the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta, Boston, Cleveland, and Philadelphia


October 29, 2020
Certificates, Certifications and Degrees: How to Tell the Difference and Why It’s Important
Refining credentialing language will help clarify understanding for workers and employers alike. Dr. Roy Swift, executive director of Workcred, amplified this message to construction industry experts at the 5th Annual Industry Forum on Personnel Qualifications presented by the NCCCO Foundation. He also emphasized the need to address differences between certifications and certificates, and spoke about the urgency to better define various types of credentials, as well as regulation on training.
By: Roy Swift
Hosted by: the NCCCO Foundation
October 7, 2020
Elevating the Visibility, Relevance, and Value of Certifications to Help Close the Pandemic Divide
As the COVID-19 pandemic has created a social and economic divide that disproportionately affects workers who had jobs in industries that may not recover to previous employment levels, Workcred provides recommendations to the certification community for action. Through this presentation given to certification experts at a Certification Network Group webinar, Workcred discusses ways to elevate the visibility, relevance, and value of certifications to help close the pandemic divide.
By: Roy Swift
Hosted by: The Certification Network Group