WCET's 29th Annual Meeting
Using Digital Credentials to Bridge the Skills Gap: Lessons to Learn from CCCS

Moderator: , Senior Writer, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Speaker: , Founder & CEO, Credly
Speaker: , Outreach Specialist, Red Rocks Community College
Speaker: , Director of Educational and Workforce Solutions, Credly


Three years ago, faced with a shortage of 15,000 workers in advanced manufacturing, Colorado employers and higher education leaders were at an all-too-common crossroads: how to ensure that today’s students graduated with the skills they need to meet the rapidly changing demand of tomorrow’s workforce. With the average shelf life of skills shortening, employers are increasingly looking beyond a transcript for a more granular, relevant and agile way to identify industry-specific skills and competencies to meet their needs. As a result, the Colorado Community College System and local employers teamed up to design and implement digital credentials that provide students and professionals with portable, verified evidence of their skills that can be shared with employers and showcased on professional and social networks. Learn how higher education leaders and employers worked together to develop a way to bridge the skills gap, link the college-to-career pipeline and create value for today’s digitally savvy job seekers and employers.


Using Digital Credentials Slides