Ohio Stackable Certificates: Models for Success
Ohio’s system of stackable certificates is designed to deliver pre-college academics and for-credit job training to adults whose math, reading, writing, or language skills fall somewhere between a sixth grade level and a high school credential. The components of the system include: 1) academic remediation; 2) certificated technical skills training; and 3) college credits. A progression of certificates—entry-level, intermediate, and advanced—is targeted to adults at a specific point along the education continuum. As adults raise their academic and technical skill levels by earning a certificate, they will earn an increasing number of college credits in their technical field. This also prepares them to take general education courses required for a degree. Examples of the framework for the healthcare, welding, and advanced manufacturing industries are provided.
The report includes a discussion of the following topics:
- Context for Ohio Stackable Certificates, including legislation and stakeholder perceptions;
- Barriers that adults must overcome to succeed in postsecondary education;
- National and Ohio best practices for engaging adults in postsecondary education;
- A framework for Ohio Stackable Certificates; and
- Case studies of national and Ohio program models.
Administrators will understand the characteristics and components of a stackable certificate system.