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Whether researching and implementing ways to shape a community's economic development plan or partnering to create ways to put people to work, CREC connects researchers and policymakers with:

     • Data training
     • Custom portfolios that aid regional competitiveness

Project Profile

Counting U.S. Secondary and Postsecondary Credentials, Phase III

Credential Engine
Start Date: Jan 2020 — End Date: Nov 2020

CREC proposed to continue its work in counting credentials, but we also sought to generate a more thorough understanding of the accessibility of credentials for Americans by counting the number of credentials by state, examining the types of credentials offered, and better understanding what organizations offer these credentials.  In addition, CREC conducted preliminary research on certain credential segments to better understand patterns of credentialing in certain key industries, such as information technology, manufacturing, or health care, and better assess how difficult it would be to add this as part of future credential count efforts.  CREC provided Credential Engine an integrated report that summarizes key findings developed from the project, including the latest total count for specific credential types, a preliminary count of credential providers, as well as more general recommendations for improving future efforts to disaggregate credential counts by type.

2019 credential count

2018 credential count

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About the Client

Credential Engine

CREC proposes to continue its work in counting credentials, but we also seek to generate a more thorough understanding of the accessibility of credentials for Americans by counting the number of credentials by state, examining the types of credentials offered, and better understanding what organizations offer these credentials.  In addition, CREC seeks to conduct preliminary […]