Building on the success and learning from TeeUpTheSkills, 2018-19, the Lab will conduct a two-year study, in three U.S. regions, to evaluate the value of 21st century skills micro-credentials as a hiring signal for career readiness, particularly for underserved learners.


With support from Lumina Foundation, the Lab will work with three primary educational partners -- Central New Mexico Community College, San Jose State University and the University of Maine -- to develop and scale their micro-credentialing programs to reach approximately 5,000 students over a two-year period.  

To match students who earn the Lab’s in-demand micro-credentials with jobs in growing sectors, the Lab will build a coalition of partners including economic development offices, industry associations and workforce boards to target growing sectors and sophisticated employment data to identify local and national employers willing to participate in the study.  

By working in tandem with college and industry partners, the Lab will identify the specific mobility skills needed for entry-level positions and help create a process to equip college students with the right combination of skills to meet the regions’ economic needs. And through direct work with hiring managers from over 25 companies, the Lab hopes to demonstrate the degree to which 21st century skills digital micro-credentials can be valuable in the hiring process. 

The Lab will use a key tool from Tee Up the Skills, the T-profile, to identify combinations of 21st century skills and technical skills that employers want for entry-level roles. A library of T-profiles will be built out through on the ground work in these three hiring markets, as well as through a national “What’s Your T?” social media campaign.  If you’d like to be involved in any way, email us at

Meet Our College Partners

Central New Mexico Community College

Central New Mexico Community College is the largest community college in New Mexico, serving over 22,000 students. CNM provides affordable higher education throughout Albuquerque and its surrounding areas.

San Jose State University

San Jose State provides a comprehensive university education, granting bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in 250 areas of study. With more than 32,000 students and nearly 4,300 employees, SJSU is an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley and California.

University of Maine

The University of Maine is a land and sea grant institution, and the flagship campus of the University of Maine System. UMaine students come from every county in Maine, more than 49 other states and 62 countries. Opportunity for all members of the University of Maine community and its constituents is a cornerstone of our mission.

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