Pillar 4: Helping More Adults Get Credentials of Value Through Closer Integration of New Jersey’s Education and Public Workforce Training Systems

To keep up with evolving skills and achieve economic and career mobility, more adult and working learners will need ongoing access to education and training. Some of these needs can be met through short-term nondegree credential programs at community colleges. Many states have developed new programs to provide funding for short-term programs. To help ensure the quality of nondegree short-term credential programs*, many states limit funds to credentials identified as having value, either because they are recognized by employers or because they lead to wage premiums and opportunities for economic mobility, especially for underserved populations. The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development recently built new quality assurance standards into the state’s Eligible Training Provider List, which is required for any training provider to receive federal or state job training funds.