Serving almost half of undergraduates in the U.S., community colleges have an increasing opportunity to provide students with effective, alternative ways to demonstrate workplace-ready skills. While transcripts and diplomas are long-standing, trusted validations of student achievement, digital badges can provide employers with a more detailed, transparent path of a student’s earned skills. Learn how four community colleges are using Acclaim badges to serve the employment needs of local students and businesses.
Madison College Continuing Education
Madison College Continuing Education was an early adopter of digital badges as a means to recognize their students' work-readiness. In collaboration with businesses in Madison, Wisconsin, the Continuing Education department defined badges to specifically align with skill gaps in the local workforce. According to Dr. Jack E. Daniels, III, President, Madison College, "We are enhancing how we serve our students and our community by inspiring innovation and creating a new standard in non-credit continuing education." View Madison College's digital badges.
Edmonds Community College
Edmonds Community College offers 68 associate degrees and 58 professional certificates in 29 programs of study. The college is offering badges for skills learned through the PACE-IT Program, a self-paced, competency-based program that teaches the skills needed to prepare learners for certifications necessary for success in the IT field. View Edmonds Community College's digital badges.
Anne Arundel Community College
Anne Arundel Community College is an award-winning, fully accredited, public two-year institution serving more than 53,000 students each year through credit and noncredit programs in more than 200 areas of study and more than 2,800 courses. AACC offers badges for several types of learning activities including workforce development courses, workshop participation, conference attendance and faculty leadership. View Anne Arundel's digital badges.
Santa Barbara City College
Santa Barbara City College offers a noncredit certificate program to provide training to help individuals get a job, advance in a job and/or provide the skills needed to grow a business. These career skills courses are available across over 25 different certificate programs covering the areas of business, design and technology. View Santa Barbara City College's digital badges.
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