Helping Institutions Align Their Programs with Certifications
In 2016 following the adoption of the National Certifications Standards and Procedure Manual (2013), the MCCB adopted national certifications as the measure of technical skill attainment for CTE programs where such a certification existed. As curricula is revised or developed for CTE programs at Mississippi’s community colleges, appropriate industry credentials and certifications are identified and adopted. As industry certification gains significance in the labor market, it is important for educational institutions to align their programs with these certifications. Transitioning to national industry certifications requires adjusting how and what we teach and the skills students learn. This creates a talent pipeline that certifies to business and industry that students have the required skills and knowledge to highly perform in the workplace. Ultimately, the national credentialing initiative fosters collaborative partnerships among the MCCB, Mississippi community colleges, credentialing agencies, and businesses and industries that will enable reductions in the skills gap, improve employability, and create a stronger and more skilled workforce.