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The National Organization for Career Credentialing is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to inform and educate individuals and organizations interested in skills and career credentialing as a way of improving the lives of individuals and benefitting the economy.

Confronting the Skills Crisis And Workforce
Challenges of the New World Economy

  • The skills crisis, especially in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields threatens our economy and standard of living.
  • There is a sense of urgency that we must do something quickly to address the skills shortage in our current and emerging workforce if we are to remain successful in the global economy.
  • There is an urgent need to create awareness of the skills crisis, to engage students more in the learning process,and employers in the P-20 educational system.
  • Too many students do not see the relevance of academics to their future career choices. Applied, project-based learning and hands-on activities have been shown to make classroom curricula relevant, engaging, and meaningful to students.
  • Over the last fifteen years, the skilled trades and apprenticeship programs have been largely eclipsed by the push for college education while the current skilled workforce has reached retirement age. Now this trend must be reversed to meet a serious workforce shortage.
  • Many thousands of dollars are spent annually by employers, governors, state agencies, and educators develop and implement skills training and credentialing programs to certify both the technical and employability skills of incumbent and potential employees.
  • There is often confusion as to exactly what skills are needed for specific careers, where to get those skills, and what career credentialing programs are available or might be developed.
  • As the effects of globalization are felt in every facet of our economy, employers and career seekers are sometimes confused by the number and variety of training and certification programs available.

The National Organization for Career Credentialing (NOCC) supports connectivity between education, economic, and workforce development through the use of innovative approaches to education and skills training, with a strong emphasis on career credentialing.

This is achieved through:

  • Presentations, partnerships, and involvement in innovative projects
  • National networking of professionals
  • Informational newsletters

The NOCC also supports the work of the states and organizations that comprise the Career Readiness Certificate Consortium through:

a) Web site hosting and maintenance (www.crcconsortium.org)

b) Administrative support

c) Newsletters

d) Publications

e) Presentations

f) Assisting new and interested members

The NOCC is supported by public donations.

For more information,

Contact Barbara Bolin, Ph.D.
President, NOCC