Louisiana’s work aims to better serve a growing portion of higher education students who often struggle to complete credentialing programs–with a particular focus on veterans, adult learners, and high school students. The Louisiana Community and Technical College System’s (LCTCS) prior learning policy includes a Military Experience and Industry Based Credential (IBCs) Crosswalk to college credit. The crosswalk will be embedded into the Credential Registry to act as a self-advising tool. Through the Louisiana WorkReady U (WRU) program, Integrated Education and Training (IET) incorporates adult education and literacy activities concurrently and contextually with workforce training.
The Registry will allow students to search for and understand educational and/or career options as they transition to the next step, whether it be the workforce or continued education and training. Additionally, through dual enrollment in Career and Technical Education programs, high school students are able to earn college credit and make a seamless transition to postsecondary education. The Credential Registry will act as a catalyst for these students to explore their options to see which credentials can be earned, how the credential corresponds to credit, and how it relates to the job market. Louisiana will focus its initial efforts on high-wage, high-demand industry sectors including welding, construction, and manufacturing.
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