MBAE is working on solutions to create greater alignment between our education system and the demands of the workforce.
Expanding Opportunities to Earn Credentials in High School
Industry-Recognized Credentials are credentials that employers use to certify that an applicant is qualified for a job. Industry certifications help employers find qualified applicants and fill vacant positions. Students who earn industry certifications have an advantage finding high-demand jobs with good wages. Often, these industry certifications are “stackable”, which means multiple credentials can be accumulated over time to build up an individual’s qualifications to pursue a career pathway or another postsecondary credential.
States can encourage school districts to offer industry certification courses to students by creating a financial incentive tied to performance and/or by adopting these industry-recognized credentials into the school accountability rating. Seven states currently provide bonus funding for each student who earns an industry certification and several others are moving in this direction.
MBAE is taking action to expand opportunities for students to earn industry recognized credentials in high school by:
Closing the Digital Equity Gap
As the demand for technology jobs continues to grow in Massachusetts, it is more important than ever that all students not only acquire basic technology skills, but also have a path to pursue more advanced skills through advanced computer science courses.
MBAE is leading the charge for expanded access to necessary computer science coursework and skill development, using data to raise awareness about where it is lacking and make this a priority for policymakers, educators, and school districts. The goal is to:
- Increase the number of underserved students participating in computer science courses throughout K-12
- Make computer science count towards a high school mathematics or science requirement
- Include computer science in the state recommended course of study — MassCore