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Stackable credentials: A model for college and job success

Jan 31, 2016 by

SALT LAKE CITY — For Tanner Wheadon and Jacob Doetsch, college has hardly been about sitting in lecture halls and writing term papers year after year.

In fact, it feels very little like higher academia in a traditional sense.

But theirs is an experience that illustrates an innovative transformation happening at some institutions, one that recognizes specific skills with as much utility as an academic degree. It’s a model that allows students to link their employment with their coursework, piece by piece.

Educators call it stackable credentials. Students call it building a resume.

“Having a degree just proves that you finished two years of school. It doesn’t really demonstrate what you learned in school or if you’re ready to apply it in a job,” Doetsch said. “But if you prepare for certification exams through school, it doesn’t just prove that I graduated with a two-year degree, but that I can actually do a specific job.”

Doetsch is in his second semester at Salt Lake Community College, where he’s working on an Associate in Applied Science degree in computer science information systems. Along the way, he’s been able to earn industry-designed certifications in networking and database systems management.

Source: Stackable credentials: A model for college and job success | Deseret News

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