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April 18

Why is an Industry Recognized Credential Important?

I was speaking with my father the other day about his career in the insurance industry. He was a perfect model of the Baby Boomer Generation walking out of high school and landing a job with a pension, benefits, and long term employment for 25+ years. According to the most recent available data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average worker today stays at each job for 4.4 years. Along with that as a recent graduate and part of the Millennial Generation it had been difficult to find a job out of school in the first place!

It is an employer’s market and it appears that the Millennial Generation needs to start reflecting on their skills set to meet the demand. There are over 4.2 million jobs available according to the Department of Labor…why have these jobs not been filled? It starts with having the skills for these positions. Employers are not hiring individuals that do not have the skills set to perform the job correctly.

So what does the Millennial Generation do to meet the expectations of what employers want? It can start with an Industry Recognized Credential. The benefit of an Industry Recognized Credential as defined by the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education (NRCCTE) lays it all out perfectly:

“The benefits of industry-recognized credentials are many: High school and postsecondary CTE programs that lead to associate degrees, certificates, and industry-recognized credentials can help young people find skilled employment and give them the option of later returning to school for a higher degree. CTE programs that earn industry certification receive high-quality curricula and professional development opportunities for their instructors. And employers benefit from a more highly skilled workforce with certifiable skills.”

Get ahead of the game and take control of your career path! For more information the MSSC credential visit our website:

http://www.msscusa.org/

-Catherine Feeney, Community Outreach Manager

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