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2020


How Can Credentials Close the COVID Divide?
October 12, 2020
Workcred's executive director, Roy Swift, Ph.D., recently joined panelists at a Certification Network Group (CNG) webinar to discuss how to elevate the visibility, relevance, and value of certifications to help close the pandemic divide. The webinar, "COVID: Certification’s Opportunity to Create Value in a Chaotic Work World," included academic and certification experts, and was the first in a series of programs the CNG is producing to address the challenges that the coronavirus has brought to bear for the U.S. workforce.
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Community Colleges in Six Major Workforce Hubs Selected for Ambitious New Credentialing Initiative
September 29, 2020
Workcred is partnering with the Education Design Lab in an advisory capacity to help launch its Community College Growth Engine Fund. The Fund is being created to meet the urgent demand from community college leadership for support to deliver skills-focused, market-driven education as regions struggle to mitigate the growing skills gap, and will invest in U.S. community colleges as they meet growing consumer and employer demand for short-term credentials.
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Workcred and National Governors Association Publish "Understanding Quality: The Role of States in Supporting Quality Non-Degree Credentials" Brief
September 17, 2020
A new brief published today by Workcred, in partnership with the National Governors Association (NGA), sheds light on the value of non-degree credentials as tools to empower workers and strengthen state economies amid the significant disruption caused by COVID-19.
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Workcred Partners with Team Awarded $12 Million DOL Grant for Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs
August 31, 2020
Workcred has joined a partnership with industry and academia to support industry-recognized apprenticeship programs (IRAPs), as part of a $12 million apprenticeship grant from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).
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New Workcred Video Demystifies Different Types of Credentials
August 10, 2020
In a new Workcred video, “Differing Types of Workplace Credentials,” executive director Roy Swift, Ph.D., illuminates various types of credentials – including certifications, certificates, and licenses – to help people understand how they differ, and appropriate uses for each.
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RealClear Education Features Workcred Efforts on Integrating Certifications into Degrees
July 7, 2020
In times of economic uncertainty, students, job seekers, educational providers, and employers are seeking innovative strategies to build a stronger, more secure future. Creating new stackable credential pathways are one such innovation, according to an article featured in RealClear Education authored by Karen Elzey, associate director of Workcred, and Shalin Jyotishi of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU).
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Wired Article, Featuring Workcred, Highlights Stackable Credentials to Bolster Success amid Uncertain Job Market
June 8, 2020
A new article by Wired, More Students Are ‘Stacking’ Credentials en Route to a Degree, sheds light on how stackable credentials, also known as "microcredentials," boost candidate qualifications.
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EvoLLLution Article Features Workcred's Efforts on Embedding Certifications into Undergraduate Programs
June 2, 2020
In a featured interview with Holly Zanville, strategy director for the future of learning and work at Lumina Foundation, Karen Elzey, associate executive director of Workcred, discussed the growing interest in embedding industry-recognized certifications into college and university degree programs.
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Workcred Joins Experts to Share Why College Will Soon Be About "Credegrees"
April 27, 2020
A recent webcast, hosted by Kaplan and available on demand, hones in on how to advance the work readiness of graduates with "Credegrees," programs that encompass a traditional bachelor degree and an industry-recognized skill or credential.
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Workcred's Roy Swift to Join Council of College and Military Educators Panel Session on Assessing the Quality of Credentials
March 9, 2020
Workcred's executive director, Roy Swift, Ph.D., will join the 2020 Council of College and Military Educators (CCME) Symposium in Philadelphia on March 11, 2020, as a panelist for the breakout session on "Assessing the Quality of Credentials." The session will highlight effective ways to expand access to high-quality degree and non-degree credentials across the educational spectrum.
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Workcred's Dr. Cardenas-Navia Co-Authors IndustryWeek Article on How Certifications Can Promote Life-long Learning
March 2, 2020
A newly published IndustryWeek article co-authored by Dr. Cardenas-Navia, director of research at Workcred, and Shalin R. Jyotishi, assistant director for economic development and community engagement at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), sheds light on the importance of embedding high quality, industry-recognized certifications into college degree programs.
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Workcred Partners with Corporation for a Skilled Workforce and George Washington University to Launch National Certification Study
February 12, 2020
Workcred has partnered with Corporation for a Skilled Workforce (CSW) and George Washington University (GWU) to work on a two-year, comprehensive study of industry and occupational certifications, funded by Lumina Foundation. The study is intended to provide policymakers, practitioners, employers, and funders with a clearer picture of the dimensions, patterns, and trends among certifications, as well as how they currently or could interrelate with other parts of the credentialing ecosystem.
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Embedding Industry Certifications in Undergraduate Programs: Workcred to Showcase Themes at UPCEA's 2020 Summit
January 28, 2020
In an effort to boost awareness about certifications with labor-market value, Roy Swift, Ph.D., executive director of Workcred—an affiliate of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)—will join Julie Uranis of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), and Shalin Jyotishi and Andrea Rodriguez from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU) on February 5, 2020, at the Summit for Online Leadership and Administration Roundtable for a session on "Embedding Industry Certifications in Undergraduate Degree Programs".
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2019


Enhancing Student Employment Outcomes through Degree-Certification Pathways: Workcred Joins APLU Annual Conference
November 21, 2019
At the recent annual Association of Public Land-grant Universities (APLU) conference in San Diego, Workcred's associate executive director Karen Elzey moderated a joint session on Enhancing Student Employment Outcomes through Degree-Certification Pathways.
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Better Together: Workcred and ANSI World Standards Week Event Examines Collaborative Solutions for the Future Workforce
November 18, 2019
In a first of its kind collaborative event during World Standards Week, Workcred and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) welcomed more than 150 guests for thought-provoking and engaging discussions—and several solutions—for Building an Effective Workforce for the Future.
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Workcred Receives NIST MEP Grant to Support Research to Examine ROI of Manufacturing Credentials
October 1, 2019
Workcred, an affiliate of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) for a two-year research study to examine the return on investment (ROI) of credentials in the manufacturing industry.
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Connecting Industry Certifications and Degrees: Workcred to Participate in National Governors Association Event
September 19, 2019
Workcred's associate executive director, Karen Elzey, will join expert speakers during the National Governors Association (NGA) Educate for Opportunity meeting in St. Louis to highlight Workcred's partnership aimed at connecting industry certifications and degrees.
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Workcred Awarded Lumina Grant to Promote Data-Sharing Among Organizations Awarding Non-Degree Credentials
September 18, 2019
Workcred, an affiliate of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), has received a grant from Lumina Foundation to identify and engage 25-30 credentialing bodies in discussions around the value of sharing their data so information about their credentials can be better understood.
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ANSI and Workcred Announce Conference: "Building an Effective Workforce for the Future"
September 9, 2019
As rapid technological growth transforms the labor market, necessitating workers to continually reskill and upskill to meet industry needs, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and its affiliate Workcred will host Building an Effective Workforce for the Future – a first-of-its kind event that will engage nationally-renowned workforce and industry experts in conversation with attendees about the future world of work.
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Angie Graves to Join Workcred Board of Directors
September 3, 2019
Workcred is pleased to announce that Angie Graves will join the Workcred Board of Directors for a three-year term, effective immediately. An affiliate of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), Workcred's mission is to strengthen workforce quality by improving the credentialing system, ensuring its ongoing relevance, and preparing employers, workers, educators, and governments to use it effectively.
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ANSI-Affiliate Workcred Welcomes Dr. Isabel Cardenas-Navia as Director of Research
August 26, 2019
Workcred, an affiliate of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has appointed Isabel Cardenas-Navia, Ph.D., as its director of research, effective September 2, 2019. In this newly created role, Dr. Cardenas-Navia will advance Workcred’s ongoing research agenda to examine workforce credentialing issues and needs.
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Reflections of Five Years: Workcred Celebrates Anniversary
August 7, 2019
Since its launch in 2014, Workcred, an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) affiliate, continues to expand its reach as it upholds its mission to strengthen workforce quality by improving the credentialing system, ensuring its ongoing relevance, and preparing employers, workers, educators, and governments to use it effectively.
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At APLU's Joint Summer Meeting, Workcred to Showcase How Certifications Bolster Student Success, Careers
June 5, 2019
Executives from Workcred, an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) affiliate, will join education experts at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU)'s joint summer meeting of the Council on Research (CoR) and Commission on Economic Engagement (CECE) on June 18 to discuss How Financial Literacy and Certifications can Bolster Student Success and Career Opportunities.
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New Video Highlights Workcred’s Role in Fostering a More Integrated, Effective Credentialing System
May 13, 2019
Workcred, an affiliate of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), has unveiled a new video highlighting the challenges faced by employers, credentialing organizations, and education and training providers as new types of credentials flood the market.
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SES Webinar on "The Role of Standards in Bringing Order to the Chaotic Credentialing Marketplace" to Feature Workcred’s Roy Swift
May 8, 2019
It is estimated that there are more than 650,000 credentials offered in the United States, and yet, there is no standard terminology for describing them. As new types of credentials like microcredentials, nanodegrees, and MicroMasters emerge – with no standards to set a common ground for their development – unique challenges and opportunities arise for standards developers and credentialing stakeholders alike.
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How To Best Map Skills Acquisition to Employer Needs – Workcred Associate Executive Director Shared Insights at NAWB Forum
March 26, 2019
Karen Elzey, associate executive director of Workcred, an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) affiliate, moderated an issue session during the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) Forum 2019 where expert panelists discussed improving the understanding of content, use, and value of credentials, and how to expand the use of quality standards for credentials.
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Workcred Executive Director Presented Outcomes and Recommendations from Manufacturing Report During the Association of Test Publishers Conference
March 19, 2019
Roy Swift, Ph.D., executive director of Workcred, discussed theparadox of a skills mismatch in a low unemployment economy, and how Workcred is helping to identify collaborative solutions, during the Association of Test Publishers (ATP) Innovations in Testing 2019 conference in Orlando on March 18, 2019.
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Industry Week Publishes Article Written by Workcred Executive Director, Dr. Roy Swift
March 18, 2019
Industry Week, a trade publication reporting on key insights in manufacturing and trends published an article written by Dr. Roy Swift, executive director of Workcred, an ANSI affiliate focused on strengthening workforce quality by improving the credentialing system.
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First-Ever Apprenticeship Program for Management Systems Auditors Recognized by U.S. Dept. of Labor
March 1, 2019
Marking a major advancement for management systems auditors and the hundreds of thousands of businesses that rely on them to ensure the continuous improvement of their companies, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has officially recognized the first-ever national apprenticeship program for management systems auditors.
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Dr. Roy Swift Highlights Issues and Solutions Impacting the Certification Community at Certification Networking Group
February 28, 2019
More than 650,000 unique credentials are currently offered in the U.S. today—from degrees, certifications, and certificates to badges, boot camps, and nanodegrees.
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Executive Director, Workcred to Present at AACC's 2019 Workshop Development Institute
January 14, 2019
As part of a long-term effort to raise awareness about the value of credentials and their connection to a stronger and better-prepared workforce, Roy Swift, Ph.D., executive director of Workcred, an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) affiliate, will present at the American Association of Community Colleges Workforce Development Institute (AACC WDI) on Friday, February 1, in San Diego.
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2018


Inside Higher Ed Highlights Department of Education’s Plans to Reform Accreditation, Insights from Workcred Executive Director
December 27, 2018
A recent article published by Inside Higher Ed highlights a stakeholder meeting this month with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who outlined how the U.S. Department of Education (ED) plans to rethink the country's accreditation system. In the article, Roy Swift, Ph.D., executive director, Workcred, provides his expert insights on ED's plans for reform.
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Workcred, APLU, and UPCEA Awarded Lumina Grant to Connect Degrees and Certifications
December 17, 2018
Workcred, an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) affiliate, has been awarded a grant from Lumina Foundation to partner with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) to facilitate coordination between higher education institutions and credentialing bodies to bolster student success and career outcomes.
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Shaping the Future of Work: Executive Director of Workcred Joins Newly Launched API Leadership Committee
November 19, 2018
Roy Swift, Ph.D., executive director of Workcred—an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) affiliate, will join a cross-leadership committee that will collaborate to spread awareness about apprenticeship programs, as part of the recently launched Apprenticeship Powered by Industry (API) initiative.
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John Kessler of Accenture Joins Workcred Board of Directors
October 02, 2018
Workcred is pleased to announce that John Kessler of Accenture has joined the Workcred Board of Directors for a three-year term, effective immediately.
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Connecting Credentials for Manufacturing Workforce Success: Workcred to Join 2018 ACT Workforce Summit
September 18, 2018
Workcred's executive director, Roy Swift, Ph.D., will join the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council and the National Institute for Metalworking Skills to serve as an expert panelist during a workshop on “Connecting Credentials for Manufacturing Workforce Success,” on October 9 in New Orleans
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Building a Stronger Manufacturing Future: Workcred and Tooling U-SME to Share Findings from Industry Reports
September 10, 2018
Workcred will team up with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) and Tooling U-SME on September 20 in Cleveland to share findings on their respective research studies that provide industry recommendations to advance the manufacturing industry
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Workcred to Join Event on Talent Pipeline for the Healthcare Industry
August 28, 2018
Workcred leadership will join experts at the North Eastern Regional Employment and Training Association (NERETA) summit, to focus on developing a talent pipeline for the healthcare industry.
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Workcred's Executive Director Joins Apprenticeship Powered by Industry (API) Working Group
August 23, 2018
The Apprenticeship Powered by Industry (API) initiative, a new enterprise supported by U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) funding that aims to expand apprenticeships nationwide, has selected Workcred executive director Roy Swift, Ph.D., to join its API Working Group to provide expertise as a business and thought leader to support its mission.
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Credentials and the Future of Work: Workcred to Join Poynter Institute Workshop
August 20, 2018
As part of a long-term mission to spread awareness about the power of credentials and their influence on the American workforce, Workcred's Roy Swift, Ph.D., executive director, will lead an educational session during The Poynter Institute event, September 27-28 in St. Petersburg, Florida.
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Workcred Releases Manufacturing Credentials Report Funded by the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership
July 25, 2018
Free Download: Examining the Quality, Market Value, and Effectiveness of Manufacturing Credentials in the United States.
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Workcred Executive Director to Speak at SES 2018 Annual Conference on Dynamic Diversity: Expanding the Future of Standardization
July 17, 2018
Workcred executive director Roy Swift, Ph.D., will provide the closing keynote address on August 8, 2018, during The Society for Standards Professionals (SES) 67th annual conference in Nashville, Tennessee. The theme of this year's conference is "Dynamic Diversity: Expanding the Future of Standardization."
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Workcred in Action: Article on Quality Credentials Featured in SES Journal, Standards Engineering
June 19, 2018
A recent article by Roy Swift, Ph.D., executive director of Workcred, an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) affiliate, was published in the May/June edition of The Society of Standards Professionals (SES) Journal, Standards Engineering, and explains how raising the quality of credentials will increase the effectiveness, efficiency, and performance of the labor market and improve the quality of the workforce.
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Workcred's Karen Elzey to Join Jobs for the Future Panel on Bridging Education and Industry Divide
June 5, 2018
Karen Elzey, associate executive director, Workcred, an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) affiliate, will be a panelist at the Jobs for the Future's (JFF) 2018 summit, Horizons, where experts will focus on solutions to advance American education and talent development.
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In the News: Workcred Article on Credentials Featured in Journal of Interprofessional Workforce Research and Development
April 25, 2018
Workcred's executive director, Roy Swift, Ph.D., recently authored an article focused on industry-based credentials in the United States, which was featured in the first issue of the Journal of Interprofessional Workforce Research and Development at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science’s Interprofessional Healthcare Workforce Institute.
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Workcred's Associate Executive Director to Join National Association of Workforce Boards Expert Panel
March 9, 2018
Karen Elzey, associate executive director of Workcred, an affiliate of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), will join expert panelists at the upcoming National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) Forum 2018 on March 26 in Washington DC.
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Workcred's Roy Swift to Moderate Workforce Skills Credentialing Panel at Association of Test Publishers Conference
February 16, 2018
Workcred's executive director, Roy Swift, Ph.D., will moderate a panel on "Workforce Skills Credentialing: A Global Review" on February 20 at the Association of Test Publishers (ATP) Conference in San Antonio.
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Workcred Executive Director to Present at American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Workforce Development Institute
January 24, 2018
Roy Swift, Ph.D., executive director of Workcred, a nonprofit organization and an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) affiliate focused on workforce credentialing, will be an expert panelist at the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Workforce Development Institute event in New Orleans on January 31.
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Workcred Executive Director Presents at Global Advisory Council for Healthcare Workforce
January 18, 2018
Roy Swift, Ph.D., executive director of Workcred, an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) affiliate, recently shared expert insights as a presenter at the first meeting of the Global Advisory Council for Healthcare Workforce (GACHW).
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2017


Workcred Associate Executive Director to Speak at Investing in America's Workforce Conference
October 2, 2017
Karen Elzey, associate executive director of Workcred, will be a speaker at a U.S. Federal Reserve initiative conference, titled "Investing in America's Workforce: Improving Outcomes for Workers and Employers," to be held at the University of Texas in Austin on October 4-6, 2017.
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ANSI-Affiliate Workcred Names Karen Elzey as Associate Executive Director
June 13, 2017
Workcred, an affiliate of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), is pleased to name Karen Elzey as its new associate executive director, effective August 28, 2017
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Recording Now Available: ANSI and SES Webinar on Certification Programs
May 18, 2017
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) held a joint webinar with SES-The Society for Standards Professionals on Wednesday, May 17.
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Workcred Executive Director Presents at CONEXPO-CON/AGG
March 30, 2017
Roy Swift, Ph.D., executive director of Workcred, an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) affiliate, recently presented at the CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 construction industry show in Las Vegas, where he spoke at a special session on behalf of the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO).
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Workcred Executive Director Presents at Association of Test Publishers Conference, Highlighting Initiatives Strengthening the Credentialing Marketplace
March 14, 2017
Roy Swift, Ph.D., executive director of Workcred, an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) affiliate, presented at the recent Association of Test Publishers (ATP) Innovations in Testing 2017 conference in Scottsdale, AZ, where he highlighted major emerging initiatives related to the credentialing marketplace, and how stakeholders can get involved.
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You’re Hired! New Video Highlights Workcred’s Role in Workforce Credentialing
March 2, 2017
Workcred, an affiliate of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), has released a new animated video that explains the challenges of the U.S. credentialing system and highlights how Workcred is helping workforce ...
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2016


On Manufacturing Day, ANSI Salutes Efforts to Boost Business and Find Top Talent
October 7, 2016
On October 7, manufacturers across the country will collaborate to raise awareness about their businesses and open shop floors for...
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Credential Transparency Initiative Debuts Groundbreaking Technology to Transform Credentialing Ecosystem
September 19, 2016
The Credential Transparency Initiative (CTI), a Lumina Foundation-funded effort, demonstrated the capability of its new Credential Registry today at ...
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Workcred Executive Director Dr. Roy Swift Receives Award from SES-The Society for Standards Professionals
August 29, 2016
Roy Swift, Ph.D., executive director of Workcred , an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) affiliate, was recently honored by SES...
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National Academy of Sciences Report on Quality Undergraduate Education Cites Workcred Executive Director Roy Swift and the Importance of Accreditation
June 28, 2016
The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has released a report highlighting expert recommendations on enhancing the quality of undergraduate education...
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Dr. Roy Swift Represents Workcred, CTI at Association of Test Publishers Conference
March 28, 2016
Roy Swift, Ph.D., executive director of Workcred , an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) affiliate which serves to strengthen workforce...
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ANSI Highlights How Standards and Accreditation Strengthen Credentialing at National Science Foundation Event
May 16, 2016
As part of its ongoing efforts to support national STEM education and initiatives, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) recently...
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Workcred Executive Director Dr. Roy Swift Presents at the Council of College and Military Educators (CCME) Symposium
February 22, 2016
Roy Swift, Ph.D., executive director of Workcred , an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) affiliate which serves to strengthen workforce...
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2016 State of the Union: Obama Emphasizes Greater American Security, from Energy to Economy
January 13, 2016
In his final State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Obama reaffirmed his steadfast support for measures that will...
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2015


ANSI Director of Personnel Credentialing Accreditation Programs Speaks at First Army University Educational Symposium
December 11, 2015
Academic and military educators shared best practices on innovative and collaborative ways to improve educational experiences for soldiers preparing to....
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Credential Transparency Initiative Collaborative Launches
December 1, 2015
The Credential Transparency Initiative (CTI) Collaborative launched today, uniting higher education and industry stakeholders to strategize on a multipronged approach ...
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Credential Transparency Initiative Launches Website
November 15, 2015
The Credential Transparency Initiative (CTI) has launched its official website, www.credentialtransparencyinitiative.org. The initiative is creating a first-of-its- kind credential registry
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ANSI Salutes Veterans and Workforce Efforts for Transitioning Service Members
November 11, 2015
On Veterans Day, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) recognizes the dedication and sacrifice of those who have courageously served...
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Industry Feedback Needed for Alternative Workforce Credentials Survey
November 9, 2015
Reminder: The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is seeking industry feedback on a survey released by American Council on Education (ACE)
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Workcred Executive Director Testifies at House Committee on Licensing and Credentialing
September 14, 2015
Workcred executive director Roy Swift, Ph.D., joined a panel of career experts to testify at the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs on September 10, emphasizing the urgency to translate military skills into civilian careers as thousands of veterans transition to new jobs each year
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Dr. Roy Swift, Executive Director of Workcred, to Testify Before House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs
September 08, 2015
Dr. Roy Swift, executive director of Workcred, an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) affiliate, will testify on Thursday, September 10, 2015, before the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs
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Major Grant Made to Increase the Transparency and Value of Industry Credentials and Degrees
July 08, 2015
Lumina Foundation has awarded a grant of $2.25 million to the George Washington University and two partner organizations to build and test a first-of-its kind “credential registry.” The registry will allow users to easily compare the quality and value of workforce credentials, such as college degrees and industry certifications, using a web-based system with information provided directly by the institutions issuing the credentials.
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Workcred Executive Director Dr. Roy Swift Leads American Legion Summit Panel on the Quality and Value of Credentials
May 04, 2015
Credentialing experts, military personnel, and representatives from federal agencies and non-profit organizations convened at the American Legion National Credentialing Summit in Washington, D.C., last week to discuss collaborative solutions for facilitating the transition of military service members into civilian careers. Highlights of the April 28–29 event included interactive panel discussions on closing the skills gap, military spouse credentialing, best practices in transportation credentialing, and “Assessing the Quality and Value of Credentials,” moderated by Roy Swift, Ph.D., executive director of Workcred, an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) affiliate.
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ANSI-Affiliated Workcred Granted 501(c)(3) Status
May 01, 2015
Less than a year after its launch, Workcred, an American National Standards Institute (ANSI)–affiliated organization, was granted tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. Workcred’s mission is to strengthen workforce quality by improving the credentialing system, ensuring its ongoing relevance, and preparing employers, workers, educators, and governments to use it effectively.
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Dr. Swift, Executive Director of Workcred to Speak at The American Legion’s National Credentialing Summit
February 11, 2015
Roy Swift, Ph.D., executive director of Workcred, a new American National Standards Institute (ANSI) affiliate organization focused on workforce credentialing, will lead and moderate a panel of experts at The American Legion’s National Credentialing Summit on February 17-18 at the Mayflower hotel in Washington.
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2014


Workcred Board of Directors Convenes for Inaugural Meeting
December 5, 2014
On November 20, the Workcred Board of Directors convened for its inaugural meeting in Washington, DC, to set the strategic direction for Workcred, a new American National Standards Institute (ANSI) affiliate organization focused on workforce credentialing.
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Former Michigan Governor John Engler Discusses the Importance of Workforce Development during ANSI’s Annual Business Meeting
October 28, 2014
John Engler, president of the Business Roundtable (BRT) and former governor of Michigan, addressed attendees at the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Annual Business Meeting on Thursday, October 23, 2014. Mr. Engler highlighted the pressing need for continued focus on workforce development and related issues and praised ANSI for its work in this important area.
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ANSI Affiliate Workcred Launches New Website
Provides Important Information on the Organization’s Programs, Services, and Goals
October 10, 2014
Workcred, a new affiliate of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), has launched its official website, making a wide array of information about this exciting new initiative publicly available for the first time.
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ANSI and Workcred Board Member to Co-Chair Revision of Major ISO Standard for Accreditation
October 02, 2014
Cynthia Woodley, Ed.D., a principal contributor to the successful growth of ANSI Accreditation programs for more than a decade, was recently selected to serve as co-convenor of a new ISO CASCO (International Organization for Standardization Conformity Assessment Committee) Working Group (WG) tasked with revising ISO/IEC 17011, Conformity assessment - General requirements for accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies. She is joined as co-convenor by Alister Dalrymple of the Association Française de Normalization (AFNOR).
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Workcred Names Board of Directors
September 30, 2014
Workcred, a new American National Standards Institute (ANSI) affiliate organization focused on workforce credentialing, is pleased to announce the selection of the members of its first-ever board of directors.
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ANSI Board of Directors Approves Creation of Workcred
New ANSI Affiliate Will Bolster Knowledge of Competency-Based, Industry-Endorsed Credentials

July 22, 2014
At its May 2014 meeting, the Board of Directors of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) voted to approve the creation of Workcred, a new ANSI affiliate organization tasked with increasing awareness of competency-based, industry-recognized workforce credentials and supporting efforts to improve the quality, transparency, portability, and market value of these important tools. Workcred will be a nonprofit corporation and tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) and will maintain separation from and respect the impartiality of ANSI’s accreditation services.
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2013


George Washington University Partners with ANSI to Lead Study on Credentialing Standards
September 25, 2013
George Washington University (GWU)’s George Washington Institute of Public Policy (GWIPP) recently announced that it has received a grant from the Lumina Foundation to fund a study examining how ANSI can work to coordinate standards and conformity assessment systems to improve transparency and trust in U.S. labor market credentialing.
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In the Press


2020


Summer of Open Data Panel #10: Defining the Value Proposition, Building Common Infrastructure, and Avoiding Missed Use
September 23, 2020
The “Summer of Open Data” is a three-month project on the understanding and advancement of a vision of open data focused on collaboration, responsibility, and purpose. In this last session, published on Medium, panelists highlight Workcred’s Voluntary Data Sharing Network as one such effort. The Network includes more than 30 credentialing bodies collaborating with the National Student Clearinghouse on data integration and sharing, and co-designing the value proposition of the collaboration to better understand the return on investment of various non-degree credentials.
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Combining Degrees with Quality Certifications is a Win for Everyone
July 1, 2020
In this article featured in RealClear Education, Karen Elzey, associate director of Workcred, and Shalin Jyotishi, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), emphasize the relevance and importance of integrating quality, industry certifications into degrees to ensure better outcomes for students. Such outcomes may include higher salaries, higher rates of hire, and faster promotion tracks.
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More Students Are ‘Stacking’ Credentials en Route to a Degree
June 2, 2020
Wired, a monthly news magazine that focuses on how emerging technologies affect culture, the economy, and politics, quotes Workcred’s Karen Elzey, associate director, as it profiles a student who is in the process of "stacking up" high-demand industry certifications. Elzey explains in the article how graduating with a combination of certificates or certifications and a bachelor’s degree can show employers that candidates have a breadth of knowledge.
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Embedding Certifications into Bachelor’s Degrees Could Improve Transitions into the Labor Market
May 25, 2020
EvoLLLution highlights the work of Workcred and partners on embedding certifications with degrees through an interview with Holly Zanville, strategy director for the future of learning and work at Lumina Foundation, and Karen Elzey, associate director at Workcred. In the Q & A, Elzey emphasizes the importance of collecting data from certification bodies to better understand whether the combination of degrees and certifications leads to better labor market outcomes for individuals.
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Some colleges and universities are bringing the classroom to the workplace
March 2, 2020
At a time when American employers — and Americans in general — think colleges and universities aren’t bringing workplace skills to the classroom, some are actually bringing the classroom to the workplace, helping to bridge the gap between what students learn and what employers say they need them to know. Karen Elzey, associate executive director of Workcred, believes the greatest benefit is in learning while doing. “The ability to learn and then practice and then come back and learn more —that seems like a combination that has a lot of potential for students as they demonstrate and prove to employers what graduates are able to do,” said Elzey.
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A New Approach to Filling High-Level Manufacturing Jobs
February 2020
American factories are about twice as efficient today as they were three decades ago. They’ve also automated many low-skill factory jobs and created new, high-skill jobs requiring workers with more advanced levels of education. This evolution has led to a growing gap between the manufacturing jobs that need to be filled and the skilled talent pool capable of filling them. So, how do we build education pathways that can address this skills gap? Workcred and partners believe one solution is embedding high-quality, industry-recognized certifications into college degree programs.
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Upskilling Health-Care Workers
February 25, 2020
How do health-care programs create faster pathways toward good jobs? Roy Swift, executive director of Workcred, believes healthcare programs need more transparent pathways and competency-based learning. If programs were built as pathways to ensure there were no gaps between certifications, and the education was based on competencies of skills rather than checking boxes on certain classes, it would be easier for students to move through programs and switch institutions.
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2019


Why Isn’t It a No-Brainer to Embed ‘Certifications’ Into Bachelor’s Degrees?
December 4, 2019
In “The Edge,” weekly newsletter from The Chronicle of Higher Education, Workcred executive director, Roy Swift, and director of research, Isabel Cardenas-Navia, share insights on a Lumina Foundation-funded project with APLU and UPCEA looking to identify practical examples and new opportunities to connect degrees and certifications that create more opportunities for students to earn credentials with labor-market value.
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How Manufacturers Value and Use Industry Credentials to Source Skilled Talent
May 3, 2019
Although the results of the recent report entitled Examining the Quality, Market Value, and Effectiveness of Manufacturing Credentials in the United States varied among manufacturing industry professions and various facility sizes, there was one common consensus – industry credentials could be a more useful resource if they were better understood and if they were created to align with the skills most needed in manufacturing facilities. More research is needed not only to clarify existing manufacturing credentials and what they represent, but to determine what new credentials are needed for areas not yet covered. The study reveals valuable information to manufacturers who need to identify qualified workers and quality credentials.
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Getting Credentials Right
March 14, 2019
Through this article highlighted by Industry Week, Workcred executive director Roy Swift sheds light on credential use in U.S. manufacturing as revealed in the recent Workcred manufacturing report. He also delves deeper to expose just how credentialing can improve what matters most: helping employers keep pace with the demand for new and changing workforce skills.
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2018


DeVos Outlines ‘Rethinking’ of Higher Education
December 20, 2018
In this Insider Higher Ed article, Workcred’s executive director Roy Swift shares thoughts on the U.S. Department of Education’s plans for higher education and accreditation reform.
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Boost Your Career With Credentials — Here’s How to Pick the Right Ones
November 16, 2018
Learn more in this article from The Penny Hoarder, which features insights and credential definitions from Workcred’s executive director Roy Swift.
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Are Employers Using Credentials to the Fullest?: New Manufacturing Report Provides Insights
August 22, 2018
How can credentialing be improved to help employers keep pace with changing skill needs? Check out a new blog post from Workcred executive director Roy Swift published by the Committee for Economic Conference of the Conference Board (CED).
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Quality Credentials or a Needle in a Haystack: Which is Harder to Find?
June 2018
An article authored by Workcred executive director Roy Swift was published in Standards Engineering, the journal of SES – the Society for Standards Professionals. The article appeared in the May/June 2018 issue and is used with permission.
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Credentials are like a box of chocolates:
you never know what you are going to get!

April 2018
There is growing confusion in the marketplace over the number and type of credentials entering the market. What do they mean, and how can one tell the wheat from the chaff? In this article, Roy Swift, Ph.D., executive director of Workcred, discusses industry-based credentials and hallmarks of quality, which is key to advancing the workforce and improving the overall performance of the labor market. Originally published in the Journal of Interprofessional Workforce Research and Development, Volume 1: Issue 1, April 2018.
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2017


Measuring the Market Value of Credentials for a Stronger Workforce
March 2017
Industry Today, an online magazine that specializes in comprehensive coverage of manufacturing and industry throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Brazil, recently published an article authored by Workcred executive director Roy Swift. The feature appeared in Volume 20, Issue 1, and was issued with permission.
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2016


Credentials, Competencies, Careers, and Customers: Building a Competency-Based US Credentialing System
March 2016
An article authored by Workcred executive director Roy Swift was published in Standards Engineering, the journal of SES – the Society for Standards Professionals. The article appeared in March 2016 and is used with permission.
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