Building Pathways to Success with Stackable Credentials: Nate Anderson of Jobs for the Future Explains Why Alternative Credentials Are on the Rise

In a study conducted by Pearson, UPCEA, and Penn State University, it was found that 94% of colleges and universities surveyed provided at least one type of non-traditional offering for their students.

According to Nate Anderson of Jobs for the Future, alternative credentials have been rising in popularity, and producing some positive results. As evidence, he cites a recent CompTIA study of community college graduates with and without alternative credentials:

“What they found was that, roughly speaking, that people who earned the certification — they were hired at the same rate as people who didn’t. So the door was open to them in ethe same way. But the people who had the certification, they were promoted and their wages went up much faster than the people who’d only gone through the community college program.”

Listen in to our interview with Nate Anderson to learn more about the present and future of alternative credentials — and what industries need them most.

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Hannah Nyren

Hannah Nyren

Hannah Nyren is the General Manager of EdTech Times. A Texan by birth but a Bostonian at heart, Hannah is an educational writer, AmeriCorps alum, and one-time StartupWeekend EDU (SWEDU) winning team member. She started her career at a Pearson-incubated edtech startup, but has since covered travel, food & culture, and even stonemasonry in addition to education.