The Free Certificate Movement

Indiana moves to focus on job training through nondegree programs.

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Media Outlet: Inside Higher Ed

Mary Alice McCarthy was quoted by Inside Higher Ed regarding the value of certificates that lead to occupational licenses or industry certifications:

“Even the credits from a stackable certificate will often not be transfer worthy after a few years,” said Mary Alice McCarthy, director of the Center on Education and Skills for New America. “That’s one reason why certificates that lead to occupational licenses or industry certifications can be more valuable than just stand-alone certificates, even if they are for credit.”

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Mary Alice McCarthy is the director of the Center on Education and Skills with the Education Policy program at New America. Her work examines the intersection between higher education, workforce development, and job training policies