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State Speakers Announced for Credential Engine’s 5th Anniversary Celebration

On December 7th, Credential Engine will be (virtually) celebrating its 5th anniversary and acknowledging all that has been achieved with our many partners.  The organization has been working to bring full transparency to the vast and chaotic education and occupational credentials marketplace.  

The 5th anniversary celebration will feature the release of the latest “Counting Credentials” reports for the country, presentations from New Jersey and Texas, an announcement of an upcoming state policy academy, remarks from a bi-partisan panel of U.S. Senators, and insights from various funders of this work. 

If you haven’t registered yet, we invite you to join us on December 7th from 1:00-4:00 pm ET to celebrate Credential Engine, our partners, and all the work we have achieved together. Registration for this event is complimentary. Register today to save the date and secure that time on your calendar!

What to Expect.

Below is a working list of panel sessions and speakers. We will continue to provide updates to our agenda as speakers are finalized. 

** Signifies recent additions made to our agenda. 

  • Counting Credentials 2022 Report: Scott Cheney, Credential Engine CEO, will provide an overview and release the findings of the new 2022 Counting Credentials Report.
  • Credential Transparency Context Setting: Larry Jackson, Senior Director of Retail Opportunity at Walmart, will offer insight from a funder’s perspective.
  • **Open Data, Better Tools: States’ Work Toward Credential Transparency:  This conversation will be moderated by Rachel Vilsack, Credential Engine’s Director of State Partnerships. She will be speaking with representatives from New Jersey and Texas to discuss what is new and how they are working towards credential transparency in their states. This session will also feature one-pagers and short videos from other partners. 
  • Focus on Equity and Students: Dr. Paul LeBlanc, President of Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) will open this session. Dr. LeBlanc will be followed by Tina Gridiron, Vice President at ACT Center for Equity in Learning, and Elena Quiroz-Livanis, Chief of Staff and Assistant Commissioner of Academic Policy and Student Success at the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education to discuss Credential Engine’s Equity Council and the recommendations that will be put forth by the Council.
  • Current and Upcoming Policy Work: Invited speakers to be announced. Keep an eye out for upcoming announcements from Credential Engine to learn more about this session.
  • What’s Next?: Jeanne Kitchens, Credential Engine CTSO, will provide an overview of our upcoming Pathway Builder tool. This will be followed by a Learning and Employment Record (LER) conversation between Deb Everhart, Credential Engine’s CSO, and Dror Gurevich, Founder and CEO of Velocity Network Foundation.
  • Closing Session: We will end our celebration by listening to a conversation between Stephen Moret, President and CEO of Strada Education Network, and Barbara Gellman-Danley, President of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and Credential Engine Board Chair.

Register today. We hope to see you there!