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Supporting Patrons to Obtain In-Demand Credentials That Boost Employability and Career Mobility
Thursday, September 23, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Non-degree credentials (NDCs) allow job seekers to highlight relevant skills and training to employers, and enable employers to hire qualified applicants more quickly. For workers whose jobs have shifted over the course of their career or for those seeking a career change, NDCs can be the fastest and most cost-effective path to demonstrate continued learning and proficiency. But not all NDCs are created equally. With roughly 550,000 unique credentials—including badges, apprenticeships, course-completion certificates, and other certifications—it can be hard to know where to start.
During this webinar—the third in the Public Libraries: Partners in Workforce Development series—participants will hear from a panel of experts who have made sense of the maze of available learning opportunities to connect workers to high-quality NDCs that lead to in-demand jobs and career pathways. Learn about nationally recognized, “stackable,” and portable credentials, and how library staff are supporting patrons to secure them to boost their employability and career mobility.
Panelists will provide research and practical resources to successfully navigate NDCs with community members, as well as on-the-ground examples of statewide and local efforts in Washington and Nevada where libraries provide access and support to secure NDCs of value.
The series is being co-developed by PLA and Libswork, a national networking group on workforce and small business development. Additional webinars in this series to be announced.