Nov. 28, 2012
/PRNewswire/ -- U.S. educational institutions and the business world must collaborate to develop more effective job-specific career pathways, a new McGraw-Hill Research Foundation white paper says. The result of an increased collaboration will be more hires, greater opportunities for advancement, and a pathway to prosperity for students who do not pursue traditional college degrees.
Portable, Stackable Credentials: A New Education Model for Industry-Specific Career Pathways
," written by
James T. Austin
Gail O. Mellow
, details how secondary and post-secondary educational institutions and business can meet the challenges of a 21
century global jobs market that demands increasing numbers of employees with mid- and high-level technical skills. The authors show how this could be accomplished by designing a system of portable, stackable credentials embedded in transparent, more easily navigable career pathways.
These credentials would provide employers with a reliable method for hiring and maintaining a skilled workforce and give workers a clear pathway for building a sustainable career with the opportunity for advancement. (A credential refers to a variety of different work qualifications—including diplomas, certificates, certification, degrees, and licenses.) The policy paper outlines how other nations, including
, have been successful in creating skilled workers with similar measures.
"There is a common goal here and mutual needs among business and education," say the authors, "but there is also a lack of understanding and communication between these heretofore separate worlds. Current silos between U.S. secondary and post-secondary education systems (including separate funding systems) further add to the challenges of developing a career and technical education system that can meet the needs of 21st century employers and educators, as well as the students and workers."