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May 10, 2021
The Power of Industry-Recognized Stackable Credentials
The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed a growing demand for education and training beyond the confines and commitments of traditional multi-year programs. Stackable credentials have existed in the higher education space for a while, but have gained increasing attention as the pandemic has forced leaders to seek ways of making higher education more accessible and flexible.
By: Roy Swift, Workcred; and Eric Bing, the College of Health Care Professions
Published by: The EvoLLLution


July 1, 2020
Combining Degrees with Quality Certifications is a Win for Everyone
This article emphasizes the relevance and importance of integrating quality, industry certifications into degrees to ensure better outcomes for students. Such outcomes may include higher salaries, higher rates of hire, and faster promotion tracks.
By: Karen Elzey, Workcred; and Shalin Jyotishi, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU)
Published by: RealClear Education
May 25, 2020
Embedding Certifications into Bachelor’s Degrees Could Improve Transitions into the Labor Market
The work of Workcred and its partners on embedding certifications with degrees is highlighted through this Q & A segment, which emphasizes the importance of collecting data from certification bodies to better understand whether the combination of degrees and certifications leads to better labor-market outcomes for individuals.
By: Karen Elzey, Workcred; and Holly Zanville, Lumina Foundation
Published by: The EvoLLLution
February 25, 2020
A New Approach to Filling High-Level Manufacturing Jobs
American factories are about twice as efficient today as they were three decades ago. They’ve also automated many low-skill factory jobs and created new, high-skill jobs requiring workers with more advanced levels of education. This evolution has led to a growing gap between the manufacturing jobs that need to be filled and the skilled talent pool capable of filling them. So, how do we build education pathways that can address this skills gap? Workcred and partners believe one solution is embedding high-quality, industry-recognized certifications into college degree programs.
By: Isabel Cardenas-Navia, Workcred; and Shalin Jyotishi, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU)
Published by: IndustryWeek


March 14, 2019
Getting Credentials Right
Through this article, Workcred executive director sheds light on credential use in U.S. manufacturing as revealed in the recent Workcred manufacturing report. He also delves deeper to expose just how credentialing can improve what matters most: helping employers keep pace with the demand for new and changing workforce skills.
By: Roy Swift, Workcred
Published by: IndustryWeek


May/June 2018
Quality Credentials or a Needle in a Haystack: Which is Harder to Find?
When it comes to issues impacting our nation’s economy and global competitiveness, workforce development rises to the top. Even as unemployment drops, our nation faces a skills mismatch. Credentials have become a hot topic and are frequently cited as the solution to the nation’s workforce issues. From certificates and certifications to licenses, badges, and microcredentials, credentials have skyrocketed in number and variety in recent years. But simply increasing the number of credentials is not the answer. In fact, it creates even more confusion about whether a credential has quality and market value, or if it is a “ticket to nowhere.”
By: Roy Swift, Workcred
Published by: Society for Standards Professionals, in Standards Engineering
April 2018
Credentials are like a box of chocolates: You never know what you are going to get!
There is growing confusion in the marketplace over the number and type of credentials entering the market. What do they mean, and how can one tell the wheat from the chaff? In this article, Workcred discusses industry-based credentials and hallmarks of quality, which is key to advancing the workforce and improving the overall performance of the labor market.
By: Roy Swift, Workcred
Published by: Originally published in the Journal of Interprofessional Workforce Research and Development, Volume 1: Issue 1


March 9, 2017
Measuring the Market Value of Credentials for a Stronger Workforce
The last decade has seen huge growth in the variety of credentials, and this has fueled confusion among job seekers and employers. We can do better, and Workcred is here to help.
By: Roy Swift, Workcred
Published by: Industry Today, Volume 20: Issue 1


March/April 2016
Credentials, Competencies, Careers, and Customers: Building a Competency-Based US Credentialing System
We’ve all heard terms like certificates, certifications, badges, and licenses . . . but what are they worth to the workforce? Today’s US credentialing system is fragmented and complex, leaving job seekers and employers alike to navigate the credentialing maze without a guiding compass. Workers, job seekers, and students struggle to determine if a credential will get them where they want to go, if they have to renew it and how often, and whether it will be a stepping stone to higher-level credentials. At the same time, employers want to know what competencies a credential holder has, how it compares to other credentials, and how much to trust the claims made. Credentials can act as the critical connection that both job seekers and employers need to identify real knowledge and skills, and match them with appropriate opportunities.
By: Roy Swift, Workcred
Published by: Society for Standards Professionals, in Standards Engineering