Key Distinguisher #3: Credit for Learning from Work
Work experiences should lead to the acquisition of academic credit toward a degree and/or an employer-valued credential, with systems in place to ensure that the work experience is leading to specific knowledge and competencies on par with the expectations of classroom learning.
Features of Credit for Learning from Work
- There are opportunities for young people to receive academic credit tied to prior or current work experience
- Work experiences are connected to coursework designed to help students understand and articulate how their work experience relates to their course of study
- Stakeholders work together to create tools that map pathways, competencies, coursework, credentials, and careers
- Programs are oriented around in-demand skills in priority occupations, progressive pathways, and are driven by data and aligned with the needs of employers