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Teresa Maher

As a trade association offering certification related to electronics fields and industries, the difference in these types of credentials includes industry recognition of the credential as relevant to the work being done today in a particular industry. The most updated versions of the industry standards are referenced in exam questions and where there are no standards yet in existence, due to very new technology, industry best practices are used.
The certifications should be from an accredited organization typically aligned to the ISO 17024 standard for certifying bodies. Most certifications of this type are developed according to standards and by industry experts, educators and working technical individuals.Being able to attain this type of credential as a value add to a degree or completion program has been referred to as the 'perfect marriage' of training and credential for job attainment towards a successful career path.

William T Old

More certification and credential testing in more program areas is the way to go. Having students tested on a 100 question does nothing for students compared to certifications that a student can take into the "real" world. I am a CTE teacher as such have taught and administered many certification tests to students. So I know and realize the values.

Deb Barnes

There are no set standards in the broadcasting/journalism business for on camera folks or reporters. I cannot give a certification exam because there are none. There are some CTE courses that would not fit in to a mold for standardized tests. My students do go through a technical skills assessment from the Advisory Committee and we do have all of our production appear publicly on the Educational Access Channel for our County. No other core courses are as public.

Jayne Pauley RN

Industry certification exams in healthcare prepare students to be work ready out of high school and help students move toward a goal in a healthcare career- a stepping stone, if you will. However, due to demographics, diversity, ability levels, interest levels, not all students are ready for this high stakes preparation. It becomes a challenge for one instructor to meet the needs of all students in his or her classes. I do know that teaching to an EOPA that does not provide any certification is counter productive when helping students explore and grow in the field of healthcare. It limits an instructor’s ability to be creative when one is concerned about students answering 100 questions on a cumulative (across three courses) assessment. As a healthcare professional striving to spark student interest In a healthcare field, I find it is very limiting and would rather be able to have more individual hands on assessments, including a career plan, and hands on activities. Why should students have to pass an exam in order to prove they have learned about a career path?

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