The New Frontier of Education: NC3

The education system in the United States is at a critical juncture. With some parts of the college-educated workforce unfit for the jobs they are hoping to fill and some industries lacking the number of candidates they need, people across the country are studying how to fix the myriad of issues the system faces. Not the least of which is the crushing student loan debt that many graduates are forced to bear.

Amidst all of the tumult there are a few pioneering organizations who have already solved some of these issues. One of those organizations is the National Coalition of Certification Centers, or NC3. We were asked to join them back in January to help tell the story of their industry-certified, stackable certificate model for community colleges across the country.

The NC3 Train the Trainer 13 event was held at West-MEC in Phoenix Arizona in January 2015.
The NC3 Train the Trainer 13 event was held at West-MEC in Phoenix Arizona in January 2015.

NC3 has set up a model where companies in the aviation, transportation, energy and horticulture sectors can partner with community college faculty members to create certification courses specific to jobs in their industries. These courses cover science behind Torque, high precision wheel servicing, advanced automotive diagnostic tools, HVAC installation and repair and more. Once the courses are locked down, NC3 trains community college instructors from across the country to administer these courses to their students. The instructors are then able to certify their students free of charge in these “stackable” certificates. Students can be certified in multiple tasks and then take those certificates potential employers as proof that they are capable of doing the job that they are applying for.

The NC3 Train-the-Trainer event is at the heart of this model. The teachers become the students. They learn, they explore and they study, knowing they’ll return to their classrooms to help their students onto a path to better employment. Watch the video above to see the power behind NC3’s efficient and thoughtful model.

Learn more about NC3 here.

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