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About Pathways to Credentials


Pathways to Credentials is an initiative of the US Department of Education's Office of Career Technical and Adult Education. The project is designed to assist community and technical colleges in their efforts to embed stackable, industry-recognized credentials within technical (CTE) associate degree programs. Community and technical colleges are eligible to apply to become part of a cohort of up to 10 colleges. The cohort colleges will receive customized technical assistance (TA) to advance their efforts in stackable credential design including components such as employer engagement, industry certification alignment, and non-credit/credit integration. Selected colleges will receive TA from subject matter experts and a dedicated coach who will guide them through program/institutional assessments, goal setting, and action planning to meet local needs.

Technical Assistance Benefits:
Led by the Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD) and partner organization, Social Policy Research Associates (SPR), Pathways to Credentials will provide TA services at no cost to participating colleges from May 2020 through July 2021. Colleges will be coached individually but also benefit from interactions with the entire cohort, providing a peer group with which to exchange ideas and solutions. Cohort colleges will benefit from:

  • Monthly coaching from a dedicated TA coach, targeted support from additional subject matter experts to address local challenges, webinars, and an online community of practice to share resources and promising practices.
  • A curated collection of tool kits and tutorials designed to address the professional development needs of cohort team members.
  • A two-day Technical Assistance Institute* to learn from leader colleges and national experts.

*Stipends may be provided to colleges to help defray travel costs for the Institute.

Learn more about the project on the Perkins Collaborative Resource Network website.

View the March 5th TA applicant webinar.