Jobs for the Future (JFF) launched today Credentials that Work, a new initiative intended to transform how postsecondary institutions align occupational training programs with local economies through real-time technologies that provide labor market information.
Credentials that Work, which is funded by the Joyce Foundation and Lumina Foundation, is surveying and assessing technologies to determine best practices, identify added-value, define state policy to encourage tools that refine curriculums to the needs of regional economies or local employers.
“If colleges expect to attract more students and graduate them prepared for sustainable careers, they must better align program offerings and course curricula to the needs of their local labor markets,” says John Dorrer, program director at JFF. “Decisions on which programs to offer and what to teach in class should correspond to employers’ immediate and ongoing demand for workers in a particular occupation or with a specific set of skills.”
The technologies, which are developed by Burning Glass Technologies, aggregate and analyze online job ads to provide information about the hiring skills demanded by local employers. This real-time information helps colleges understand the skills needed for the current labor market.
Ten colleges began using the technology this September in the network of Credentials for Work. Click here to read more.
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