Building on the success and learning from TeeUpTheSkills, the Lab is conducting a study to evaluate the value of mobility skills micro-credentials as a hiring signal for career readiness, particularly for underserved learners. 


With support from Lumina Foundation, the Lab worked with three primary educational partners in the first two years of the project — Central New Mexico Community College, San Jose State University and the University of Maine System — to develop and scale their micro-credentialing programs.

The project extended into a third year with Cape Cod Community College, the University of Dayton, and the University of Maine System, to reach more learners and study the value of these micro-credentials as a signal to employment.

To match learners who earn the Lab’s in-demand micro-credentials with jobs in growing sectors, the Lab is building 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 is identifying the specific 21st century skills needed for entry-level positions and helping 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 are valuable in the hiring process. 

The Lab is using a key tool, the T-profile, to identify combinations of 21st century skills and technical skills that employers want for entry-level roles.

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In the Fall of 2018, the Lab launched Tee Up the Skills with seven two- and four-year colleges and universities across the U.S. The year-long pilot paired each school with at least one employer partner to understand how the Lab’s 21st Century Skills Digital Micro-credentials could improve students’ career readiness and serve as valuable signals for entry-level hiring.

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