Consortium aims to enable transfer of apprenticeship experience into academic credit

April 9, 2014

US VP Joe Biden announced this week a new consortium of colleges, businesses, and labour unions that will make it easier for students enrolled in apprenticeships to gain academic credit for their work. Participating institutions must agree to provide credit to individuals that complete specific apprenticeship programs, with recommendations from third-party organizations such as the American Council on Education and the National College Credit Recommendation Service. The consortium will be run by the Departments of Education and Labor, and participation is voluntary. The consortium will provide much-needed certainty for students who want to know whether they can use an apprenticeship as a path to a college degree, according to Tina Grant, former Director of the National College Credit Recommendation Service. Biden urged the audience at the annual conference of the American Association of Community Colleges to consider joining the consortium. Institutions that have already signed on include the Community College of Baltimore County and the Wisconsin and Ohio Community College systems. Inside Higher Ed | Chronicle of Higher Education