How Can Microcredentials Get You Closer to a College Degree?
CDW Workforce Development has partnered with Excelsior to offer the same high-level, accelerated courses, taught online by experts in their field, that simultaneously earn enrollees college credits that can be applied toward an undergraduate or graduate degree.
The courses taught by CDW Workforce Development take advantage of CDW’s relationships with vendors throughout the IT world by giving students the opportunity to work hands-on with the latest tech tools from brands such as Amazon Web Services, Cisco and Palo Alto Networks. There are no dry labs and no outdated tools in these programs.
Through partnerships in the IT world, CDW Workforce Development also offers courses that can help students earn certifications from well-regarded industry associations, including CompTIA, the EC-Council and (ISC)2.
Students cannot earn a degree solely by taking these courses, but in combination with other general education requirements, the credits can be applied toward a degree at Excelsior or transferred elsewhere. CDW’s partnership with Excelsior affords opportunities to earn credit toward bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
IT employees who jumped into the workforce before completing an undergraduate degree but who have not been able to achieve a promotion because they lack that credential can now earn a degree and a potential promotion while continuing to work. Others who need a graduate degree to advance to a management position can take these courses to do just that.
Workforce Development Courses Can Benefit Workers and Employers
Along with the enrollment decline in higher ed, IT and cybersecurity departments have their own personnel concerns. Skilled employees are hard to come by, especially in the cybersecurity world, where CyberSeek reports there are more than 750,000 open jobs nationwide and employees are often lured away by recruiters offering better compensation and benefits.
Employers should work proactively to keep their people, using strategies such as IT succession plans and offering their employees the opportunity to continue learning through workforce development programs.
Employees want to keep learning, both to stay on top of their game and because new skills can help them move up in their careers. Research has shown that employers who offer that kind of training are more likely to have their now-loyal employees stay and put those skills to effective use in their office.
This article is part of EdTech: Focus on Higher Education’s UniversITy blog series.