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ACTE Releases Credential Background Sheet for Advocacy

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January 17, 2013

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ACTE Releases Credential Background Sheet for Advocacy

In order to help legislators and their staff members better understand what is a credential, ACTE has developed a background informational sheet and legislative recommendations for use at the state and federal levels.

With a renewed focus on postsecondary education, there have been some misconceptions about what  a credential entails. Is it a 4-year or 2-year degree or a certificate? In order to clear up confusion among Members of Congress, ACTE has developed and released this background sheet for legislative staff to use when drafting legislation.

The sheet includes a brief overview of what entails a credential, as well as descriptions of a few different types of credentials: certificates, certifications, licenses and degrees. Following the descriptions is a recommended legislative definition of an “industry recognized” credential for use in CTE and job training legislation.

For ACTE members and other CTE advocates, this sheet is a great tool to use when visiting and communicating with your local, state and federal lawmakers. You can download the sheet using this link, or by visiting our Fact Sheets page in the CTE Information section of our Web site.

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