Innovative Solutions

Some states are taking steps to overcome these barriers by clarifying the competencies needed to fill in-demand positions, identifying the best way to recognize competencies mastered, and communicating to students that their skills can be converted to college credit.

Alabama: Committee on Credentialing and Career Pathways

Alabama: Committee on Credentialing and Career Pathways

Barrier: Lack of awareness among policymakers, industry leaders, and faculty members on the competencies needed to fill in-demand jobs. Solution: The Governor's Office of Education and Workforce Transformation launched the Alabama Committee on Credentialing and Career Pathways (ACCCP) which consists of a series of technical advisory committees composed of business and industry members representing each sector. These committees are charged with determining valuable career pathways in each region, and with evaluating credentials to determine if they should be placed on the Alabama Compendium of Valuable Credentials. For each valuable credential, the ACCCP will map the competencies necessary to succeed in the field.

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Georgia: Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG)

Georgia: Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG)

Barrier: Lack of student awareness of ALC pathways. Solution: Many programs offered by TCSG colleges have embedded stackable credentials that progress to an associate degree. As a part of TCSG’s 2020-24 Strategic Plan, strategies 4 & 5 require TCSG to conduct marketing campaigns that promote technical education, flexible adult education, and high school equivalency credentials. Marketing efforts will emphasize affordability and accessibility of technical education including high school equivalency, stackable credentials, postsecondary transition, and other advantages.

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Resources

Goals and Objectives of the GOEWT

Memorandum detailing the goals and objectives of the Governor's Office of Education and Workforce Transformation in Alabama.

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ACCCP Survey

Birmingham Business Journal

Results from survey conducted by the Alabama Committee on Credentialing and Career Pathways to raise awareness of the in-demand occupations and competencies and credentials of value aligned to them.

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TCSG 2020 Strategic Plan

Technical College System of Georgia

2020 strategic plan for the Technical College System of Georgia.

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