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ACE, Credly Launch New Digital Credential Program to Recognize Workforce Training

January 31, 2017

 

​Participants in ACE’s College Credit Recommendation Service (CREDIT®) will now be able to issue digital credentials through Credly.

The collaboration makes it easier for working professionals to request academic credit for workplace training and to share evidence of their achievements online.

For more than four decades, ACE CREDIT recommendations have connected workplace learning to colleges and universities by helping students gain access to academic credit for formal training taken outside of traditional degree programs. ACE CREDIT organizations include major corporations, associations, labor unions, and government agencies, which offer a wide array of courses in numerous fields, from restaurant management to radiology.

The addition of a digital credential platform is expected to generate new insights into the experiences and successes of individuals who are awarded credentials through CREDIT-approved courses each year.

“Our work is rooted in the belief that experience in the workplace can lead to a more flexible pathway to earn college degrees and credentials and fuel career growth,” said ACE President Molly Corbett Broad. “Credly is helping us transform a powerful concept for the digital era through empowering professionals with portable credentials. We are pleased to enable our CREDIT organizations to tap into the promise of digital credentialing.”

As a result of the collaboration, organizations that offer training recommended for college credit will be able to issue secure, portable, and data-rich digital badges that recognize professional and academic achievements in addition to an ACE official transcript. Transcripts will continue to be used primarily to communicate credit recommendations to colleges and universities across the country. This spring, Walt Disney, KFC, AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps, and Jiffy Lube will be among the first CREDIT participants to offer digital credentialing.

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