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How to Help Your Community with Credentials


The term “essential worker” has become synonymous with “very important” and for good reason. Communities all over the world are coming together to support, uplift, and provide for each other during scary and difficult times. While digital credentials may not be top of mind for communities fighting a global pandemic, they are being used to offer hope, learning, and proof of competency at a time when people need a sense of connection now more than ever.

Here are four customers who are using Credly’s Acclaim platform to help their communities thrive.

  1. The University of Texas at San Antonio has created a digital credentialing program to help workers upskill during economic uncertainty. The program is specifically designed to help workers through a series of free and discounted online career advancement courses intended to help those recently furloughed and unemployed sharpen their skills, and explore potential new careers through free, virtual training. The courses are available to the general public through August of 2020. 
  2. American Sentinel University is offering online nursing education courses. American Sentinel University’s mission is to provide high-quality, innovative degree and certificate programs that enable students to enhance their professional and civic lives. Its online programs are focused exclusively on healthcare with national and programmatically accredited degrees in nursing and healthcare management (BSN, MSN, DNP, and MBA Healthcare). It’s safe to say that those are skills the world desperately needs right now. 
  3. The University of Vermont pivoted their teaching and learning to offer digital credentials for distance learning. Through engaging and interactive webinars, the university is validating skills like how to move your storefront to an e-commerce platform and how to prepare for college when your high school is closed. Their interactive courses are free to the public and are accompanied by a digital credential that can be shared on social media and personal websites. 
  4. Eastern Maine Community Colleges are offering microcredentials to its community as a way to validate skills in coding, information technology, and even customer service. These badges are free to whoever would like to earn them. EMCC created the badges as a way to upskill their community and give them proof of that learning that will eventually turn into new employment opportunities. 

If you’re interested in issuing digital credentials that will bring value to your organization and community, contact our team to learn more.