Category: MC Foundation
Published: Jan 20 2017 12:00AM
The Capital One Foundation has awarded a grant of $126,121 to the Montgomery College Foundation to spur the development of "stackable credentials" in our biotechnology, data science, business management and early education programs.
Stackable credentials are certificates or badges which students can earn after taking a short series of courses, developed with industry partners and focused on a particular skill.
"We want to empower students to be workplace-ready even before they have completed an associate's degree or extended workforce development program," explained Dr. Donna Kinerney, instructional dean for Adult English Language and GED programs. "For example, these new credentials may involve completion of three courses that enable a student to be hired or promoted in a workplace, while they continue work to complete their academic degree or industry certification."
Partnering with area businesses and organizations, the grant will help the College align credit and workforce development programs and establish a process for developing these new credentials. The goal is to better respond to local employer demands by ensuring that students have the specific skills and competencies sought in area workplaces.
The multi-year initiative will include a particular focus on the use of data and assessment driven outcomes.
"We greatly appreciate the opportunity to partner with the Capital One Foundation and other top community colleges to develop fresh approaches that will put more people to work in the region," said Dr. DeRionne P. Pollard, president of Montgomery College. "I want to thank the Capital One Foundation for this investment in our students."
Montgomery College is one of 14 community colleges participating in the Capital One Foundation's Community College Workforce Development (CCWD) cohort. The grant will allow the cohort to continue its work for student success.