Show Me Your Skills: Expanding Competency-Based Education
According to a 2016 Pew survey, nearly half of all employed adults reported getting extra training to enhance their skills within the last year. From computer analysts to auto mechanics, many workers in STEM fields are gaining new abilities and competencies through apprenticeships, online courses, coding bootcamps, and other nontraditional training methods. More and more employers look favorably upon credentials that demonstrate ultraspecific skills in engineering, computer science, and other such areas. Online badges and so-called microcredentials are gathering steam among companies and industry associations. And colleges and universities are expanding their offerings of online courses and competency-based education programs tied to workforce demands. This session will spotlight several promising credentialing efforts that are providing innovative pathways into STEM careers.