Publications and Events: Press Releases

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2021

June 17, 2021

Utilizing Credentials to Speed up the Job Hunt: Workcred and Pearson VUE Presented at CCME Annual Symposium
Workcred’s executive director, Dr. Roy Swift, and Pearson VUE’s director of market development for government and military, Sue Jackson, teamed up to showcase how to utilize credentials to speed up the job hunt, in a presentation for the Council of College and Military Educators (CCME) Annual Symposium on June 16, 2021.

June 2, 2021

Workcred Goes on Air: Building a Quality Workforce with Quality Credentialing
Marking an exciting debut in broadcast media, Workcred staff is joining several episodes of RVN Television's Morning Coffee Expert Series to discuss various workforce and credentialing-related topics in 2021.

May 17, 2021

The Role of Microcredentials and Collaboration: Workcred to Join HeInnovate Spring Series Webinar
In an effort to examine how microcredentials and collaboration can foster the transformation of higher education, Workcred's associate executive director, Karen Elzey, will join a panel representing policy makers, academia, and business at the HEInnovate webinar series on May 20. Elzey will discuss the opportunities and challenges of embedding certifications into bachelor’s degree programs and Workcred's recent efforts to clarify industry and occupational certifications.

May 13, 2021

Introducing the New Workcred.org: Website Gets Re-Design and Enhanced Features
Today, Workcred launched its new website, reflecting a more robust and modern layout, enhanced logo and features, and direct access to new content. The engaging, re-designed site provides users with a deeper understanding of Workcred's mission to connect and educate stakeholders under the vision of creating a more integrated and effective credentialing system, and current efforts in support of those goals.

May 5, 2021

Jennifer Marquez of Kaiser Permanente Joins Workcred Board of Directors
Workcred, an affiliate of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) focused on advancing quality workforce credentials, is pleased to announce that Jennifer Marquez has joined the Workcred board of directors for a three-year term, effective immediately.

March 9, 2021

Credentials for Workers Over 50: Workcred Debuts New Report
For workers 50 and older navigating the job market, non-degree credentials are the most popular credential format with the highest overall value, a new report from Workcred finds. Data from the report, "Variable Impacts of New Credentials for the Older Worker," reveal challenges that Generation X workers and older populations may face—from job displacement to age discrimination—and how credentials can be a valuable asset to this segment of workers.

January 19, 2021

Workcred Launches Blog Series: Understanding Successful Career Pathways with Certification and Education Data
With the emergence of so many different types of credentials in the marketplace, determining the return on investment of certifications or certificates can be a challenge. In its ongoing effort to educate the public about how data can provide information about the value of credentials in the labor market, Workcred has launched a new blog series.

2020

December 10, 2020

Understanding Certifications: New Report Now Available
As millions of workers look for new jobs and careers during turbulent economic times, a new report offers insights about certifications—one type of credential that can offer high value in the job market. The report, “Understanding Certifications,” is a collaboration among Corporation for a Skilled Workforce (CSW), George Washington Institute of Public Policy (GWIPP), and Workcred (an affiliate of the American National Standards Institute), and was made possible by a grant from Lumina Foundation.


December 8, 2020

On the Road to Economic Recovery, Certifications Open Doors to Meaningful Careers
In the midst of the pandemic, more than half of Americans recently surveyed by the Strada Education Network said they do not believe a good job is within their reach. Another 44 percent said they are not equipped with the right skills and credentials. A recent webinar session, "Strada Public Viewpoint - Confidence in Education's Promise: Perspectives on Access and Barriers to Good Jobs," focused on solutions to these workforce challenges and highlighted Workcred's mission to educate the public about how certifications and certificates align workers with meaningful careers in a challenging job market.

December 3, 2020

Workcred’s Dr. Swift Warns “We are in Credential Chaos”
Refining credentialing language will help clarify understanding for workers and employers alike. Dr. Roy Swift, executive director of Workcred, amplified this message to construction industry experts at the 5th Annual Industry Forum on Personnel Qualifications presented by the NCCCO Foundation. He also emphasized the need to address differences between certifications and certificates, and spoke about the urgency to better define various types of credentials, as well as regulation on training.

December 1, 2020

Embedding Industry Certifications into Bachelor’s Degrees: New Framework Now Available
A new framework to support the development and scaling of certification-degree pathways has been published today by Workcred – an affiliate of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) – in partnership with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU), and the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA). This collaborative, nationwide initiative that culminated in the development of the framework was made possible by a grant from Lumina Foundation.

October 28, 2020

With Cyber Threats on the Rise, the Cyber Sector Faces a New Challenge: Finding Talent
As hackers get more sophisticated with the cybercrimes they commit, cybersecurity—and the professionals who support the sector—remain crucial for businesses and individuals vulnerable to an attack. Amid a pandemic, businesses operate differently than they did just a year ago, and cyber criminals leverage the opportunity to launch cyberattacks on various types of businesses.

October 12, 2020

How Can Credentials Close the COVID Divide?
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.

September 29, 2020

Community Colleges in Six Major Workforce Hubs Selected for Ambitious New Credentialing Initiative
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.

September 17, 2020

Workcred and National Governors Association Publish "Understanding Quality: The Role of States in Supporting Quality Non-Degree Credentials" Brief
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.

August 31, 2020

Workcred Partners with Team Awarded $12 Million DOL Grant for Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs
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).

August 10, 2020

New Workcred Video Demystifies Different Types of Credentials
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.

July 7, 2020

RealClear Education Features Workcred Efforts on Integrating Certifications into Degrees
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).

June 8, 2020

Wired Article, Featuring Workcred, Highlights Stackable Credentials to Bolster Success amid Uncertain Job Market
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.

June 2, 2020

EvoLLLution Article Features Workcred's Efforts on Embedding Certifications into Undergraduate Programs
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.

April 27, 2020

Workcred Joins Experts to Share Why College Will Soon Be About "Credegrees"
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.

March 9, 2020

Workcred's Roy Swift to Join Council of College and Military Educators Panel Session on Assessing the Quality of Credentials
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.

March 2, 2020

Workcred's Dr. Cardenas-Navia Co-Authors IndustryWeek Article on How Certifications Can Promote Life-long Learning
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.

February 12, 2020

Workcred Partners with Corporation for a Skilled Workforce and George Washington University to Launch National Certification Study

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.

January 28, 2020

Embedding Industry Certifications in Undergraduate Programs: Workcred to Showcase Themes at UPCEA's 2020 Summit
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".

2019

November 21, 2019

Enhancing Student Employment Outcomes through Degree-Certification Pathways: Workcred Joins APLU Annual Conference
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.

November 18, 2019

Better Together: Workcred and ANSI World Standards Week Event Examines Collaborative Solutions for the Future Workforce
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.

October 1, 2019

Workcred Receives NIST MEP Grant to Support Research to Examine ROI of Manufacturing Credentials
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.

September 19, 2019

Connecting Industry Certifications and Degrees: Workcred to Participate in National Governors Association Event
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.

September 18, 2019

Workcred Awarded Lumina Grant to Promote Data-Sharing Among Organizations Awarding Non-Degree Credentials
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.

September 9, 2019

ANSI and Workcred Announce Conference: "Building an Effective Workforce for the Future"
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.

September 3, 2019

Angie Graves to Join Workcred Board of Directors
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.

August 26, 2019

ANSI-Affiliate Workcred Welcomes Dr. Isabel Cardenas-Navia as Director of Research
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.

August 7, 2019

Reflections of Five Years: Workcred Celebrates Anniversary
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.

June 5, 2019

At APLU's Joint Summer Meeting, Workcred to Showcase How Certifications Bolster Student Success, Careers
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.

May 13, 2019

New Video Highlights Workcred’s Role in Fostering a More Integrated, Effective Credentialing System
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.

May 8, 2019

SES Webinar on "The Role of Standards in Bringing Order to the Chaotic Credentialing Marketplace" to Feature Workcred’s Roy Swift
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.

March 26, 2019

How To Best Map Skills Acquisition to Employer Needs – Workcred Associate Executive Director Shared Insights at NAWB Forum
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.

March 19, 2019

Workcred Executive Director Presented Outcomes and Recommendations from Manufacturing Report During the Association of Test Publishers Conference
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.

March 18, 2019

Industry Week Publishes Article Written by Workcred Executive Director, Dr. Roy Swift
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.

March 1, 2019

First-Ever Apprenticeship Program for Management Systems Auditors Recognized by U.S. Dept. of Labor
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.

February 28, 2019

Dr. Roy Swift Highlights Issues and Solutions Impacting the Certification Community at Certification Networking Group
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.

January 14, 2019

Executive Director, Workcred to Present at AACC's 2019 Workshop Development Institute
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.

2018

December 27, 2018

Inside Higher Ed Highlights Department of Education’s Plans to Reform Accreditation, Insights from Workcred Executive Director
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.

December 17, 2018

Workcred, APLU, and UPCEA Awarded Lumina Grant to Connect Degrees and Certifications
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.

November 19, 2018

Shaping the Future of Work: Executive Director of Workcred Joins Newly Launched API Leadership Committee
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.

October 02, 2018

John Kessler of Accenture Joins Workcred Board of Directors
Workcred is pleased to announce that John Kessler of Accenture has joined the Workcred Board of Directors for a three-year term, effective immediately.

September 18, 2018

Connecting Credentials for Manufacturing Workforce Success: Workcred to Join 2018 ACT Workforce Summit
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

September 10, 2018

Building a Stronger Manufacturing Future: Workcred and Tooling U-SME to Share Findings from Industry Reports
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

August 28, 2018

Workcred to Join Event on Talent Pipeline for the Healthcare Industry
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.

August 23, 2018

Workcred's Executive Director Joins Apprenticeship Powered by Industry (API) Working Group
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.

August 20, 2018

Credentials and the Future of Work: Workcred to Join Poynter Institute Workshop
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.

July 25, 2018

Workcred Releases Manufacturing Credentials Report Funded by the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership
Free Download: Examining the Quality, Market Value, and Effectiveness of Manufacturing Credentials in the United States.

July 17, 2018

Workcred Executive Director to Speak at SES 2018 Annual Conference on Dynamic Diversity: Expanding the Future of Standardization
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."

June 19, 2018

Workcred in Action: Article on Quality Credentials Featured in SES Journal, Standards Engineering
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.

June 5, 2018

Workcred's Karen Elzey to Join Jobs for the Future Panel on Bridging Education and Industry Divide
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.

April 25, 2018

In the News: Workcred Article on Credentials Featured in Journal of Interprofessional Workforce Research and Development
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.

March 9, 2018

Workcred's Associate Executive Director to Join National Association of Workforce Boards Expert Panel
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.

February 16, 2018

Workcred's Roy Swift to Moderate Workforce Skills Credentialing Panel at Association of Test Publishers Conference
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.

January 24, 2018

Workcred Executive Director to Present at American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Workforce Development Institute
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.

January 18, 2018

Workcred Executive Director Presents at Global Advisory Council for Healthcare Workforce
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).

2017

October 2, 2017

Workcred Associate Executive Director to Speak at Investing in America's Workforce Conference
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.

June 13, 2017

ANSI-Affiliate Workcred Names Karen Elzey as Associate Executive Director
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

May 18, 2017

Recording Now Available: ANSI and SES Webinar on Certification Programs
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) held a joint webinar with SES-The Society for Standards Professionals on Wednesday, May 17.

March 30, 2017

Workcred Executive Director Presents at CONEXPO-CON/AGG
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).

March 14, 2017

Workcred Executive Director Presents at Association of Test Publishers Conference, Highlighting Initiatives Strengthening the Credentialing Marketplace
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.

March 2, 2017

You’re Hired! New Video Highlights Workcred’s Role in Workforce Credentialing
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 ...

2016

October 7, 2016

On Manufacturing Day, ANSI Salutes Efforts to Boost Business and Find Top Talent
On October 7, manufacturers across the country will collaborate to raise awareness about their businesses and open shop floors for...

September 19, 2016

Credential Transparency Initiative Debuts Groundbreaking Technology to Transform Credentialing Ecosystem
The Credential Transparency Initiative (CTI), a Lumina Foundation-funded effort, demonstrated the capability of its new Credential Registry today at ...

August 29, 2016

Workcred Executive Director Dr. Roy Swift Receives Award from SES-The Society for Standards Professionals
Roy Swift, Ph.D., executive director of Workcred , an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) affiliate, was recently honored by SES...

June 28, 2016

National Academy of Sciences Report on Quality Undergraduate Education Cites Workcred Executive Director Roy Swift and the Importance of Accreditation
The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has released a report highlighting expert recommendations on enhancing the quality of undergraduate education...

March 28, 2016

Dr. Roy Swift Represents Workcred, CTI at Association of Test Publishers Conference
Roy Swift, Ph.D., executive director of Workcred , an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) affiliate which serves to strengthen workforce...

May 16, 2016

ANSI Highlights How Standards and Accreditation Strengthen Credentialing at National Science Foundation Event
As part of its ongoing efforts to support national STEM education and initiatives, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) recently...

February 22, 2016

Workcred Executive Director Dr. Roy Swift Presents at the Council of College and Military Educators (CCME) Symposium
Roy Swift, Ph.D., executive director of Workcred , an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) affiliate which serves to strengthen workforce...

January 13, 2016

2016 State of the Union: Obama Emphasizes Greater American Security, from Energy to Economy
In his final State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Obama reaffirmed his steadfast support for measures that will...

2015

December 11, 2015

ANSI Director of Personnel Credentialing Accreditation Programs Speaks at First Army University Educational Symposium
Academic and military educators shared best practices on innovative and collaborative ways to improve educational experiences for soldiers preparing to....

December 1, 2015

Credential Transparency Initiative Collaborative Launches
The Credential Transparency Initiative (CTI) Collaborative launched today, uniting higher education and industry stakeholders to strategize on a multipronged approach ...

November 15, 2015

Credential Transparency Initiative Launches Website
The Credential Transparency Initiative (CTI) has launched its official website, www.credentialtransparencyinitiative.org. The initiative is creating a first-of-its- kind credential registry

November 11, 2015

ANSI Salutes Veterans and Workforce Efforts for Transitioning Service Members
On Veterans Day, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) recognizes the dedication and sacrifice of those who have courageously served...

November 9, 2015

Industry Feedback Needed for Alternative Workforce Credentials Survey
Reminder: The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is seeking industry feedback on a survey released by American Council on Education (ACE)

September 14, 2015

Workcred Executive Director Testifies at House Committee on Licensing and Credentialing
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

September 08, 2015

Dr. Roy Swift, Executive Director of Workcred, to Testify Before House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs
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

July 08, 2015

Major Grant Made to Increase the Transparency and Value of Industry Credentials and Degrees
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.

May 04, 2015

Workcred Executive Director Dr. Roy Swift Leads American Legion Summit Panel on the Quality and Value of Credentials
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.

May 01, 2015

ANSI-Affiliated Workcred Granted 501(c)(3) Status
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.

February 11, 2015

Dr. Swift, Executive Director of Workcred to Speak at The American Legion’s National Credentialing Summit
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.

2014

December 5, 2014

Workcred Board of Directors Convenes for Inaugural Meeting
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.

October 28, 2014

Former Michigan Governor John Engler Discusses the Importance of Workforce Development during ANSI’s Annual Business Meeting
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.

October 10, 2014

ANSI Affiliate Workcred Launches New Website
Provides Important Information on the Organization’s Programs, Services, and Goals
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.

October 02, 2014

ANSI and Workcred Board Member to Co-Chair Revision of Major ISO Standard for Accreditation
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).

September 30, 2014

Workcred Names Board of Directors
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.

July 22, 2014

ANSI Board of Directors Approves Creation of Workcred
New ANSI Affiliate Will Bolster Knowledge of Competency-Based, Industry-Endorsed Credentials

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.

2013

September 25, 2013

George Washington University Partners with ANSI to Lead Study on Credentialing Standards
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.