In the U.S., nearly 11.2 million adults who have a high school diploma or less also hold a professional certification or license. Yet there is often a lack of awareness of how certifications can be used to achieve better educational outcomes for graduates of four-year universities. With support from the Lumina Foundation, APLU, the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities, Workcred, and the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UCPEA) will host a series of meetings that will include experts representing higher education institutions and accredited certification bodies to fulfill the following objectives:
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At APLU, this project is facilitated through APLU's Office of Economic Development and Community Engagement and the Office of Urban Initiatives. Meeting participants are being identified by campus presidents and chancellors. Convenings will be organized based on sectors and in varying regions focused on health, cybersecurity, liberal arts, advanced manufacturing, and retail/hospitality.
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