Manufacturing industry, US colleges partner on alternative credentials

July 20, 2012

One of the most promising alternative credentialing movements in the US -- the manufacturing industry's stackable certificate system -- has led to a deeper, more symbiotic relationship between employers and PSE institutions. The growing partnership has given rise to a blended model of PSE, where the industry takes the lead on standards for competency-based education, with a helping hand from colleges, which then provide the traditional degree path. Last month Illinois-based Harper College launched a program in which students can earn industry-endorsed certificates in manufacturing. More than 50 companies have agreed to hire Harper students as paid interns, as soon as students complete the first level certificate. Inside Higher Ed