Latest News from Workcred

2018


Shaping the Future of Work: Executive Director of Workcred Joins Newly Launched API Leadership Committee
[November 19, 2018]
Roy Swift, Ph.D., executive director of Workcred—an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) affiliate, will join a cross-leadership committee that will collaborate to spread awareness about apprenticeship programs, as part of the recently launched Apprenticeship Powered by Industry (API) initiative.
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John Kessler of Accenture Joins Workcred Board of Directors
[October 02, 2018]
Workcred is pleased to announce that John Kessler of Accenture has joined the Workcred Board of Directors for a three-year term, effective immediately.
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Connecting Credentials for Manufacturing Workforce Success: Workcred to Join 2018 ACT Workforce Summit
[September 18, 2018]
Workcred's executive director, Roy Swift, Ph.D., will join the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council and the National Institute for Metalworking Skills to serve as an expert panelist during a workshop on “Connecting Credentials for Manufacturing Workforce Success,” on October 9 in New Orleans
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Building a Stronger Manufacturing Future: Workcred and Tooling U-SME to Share Findings from Industry Reports
[September 10, 2018]
Workcred will team up with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) and Tooling U-SME on September 20 in Cleveland to share findings on their respective research studies that provide industry recommendations to advance the manufacturing industry
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Workcred to Join Event on Talent Pipeline for the Healthcare Industry
[August 28, 2018]
Workcred leadership will join experts at the North Eastern Regional Employment and Training Association (NERETA) summit, to focus on developing a talent pipeline for the healthcare industry.
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Workcred's Executive Director Joins Apprenticeship Powered by Industry (API) Working Group
[August 23, 2018]
The Apprenticeship Powered by Industry (API) initiative, a new enterprise supported by U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) funding that aims to expand apprenticeships nationwide, has selected Workcred executive director Roy Swift, Ph.D., to join its API Working Group to provide expertise as a business and thought leader to support its mission.
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Credentials and the Future of Work: Workcred to Join Poynter Institute Workshop
[August 20, 2018]
As part of a long-term mission to spread awareness about the power of credentials and their influence on the American workforce, Workcred's Roy Swift, Ph.D., executive director, will lead an educational session during The Poynter Institute event, September 27-28 in St. Petersburg, Florida.
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Workcred Releases Manufacturing Credentials Report Funded by the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership
[July 25, 2018]
Free Download: Examining the Quality, Market Value, and Effectiveness of Manufacturing Credentials in the United States.
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Workcred Executive Director to Speak at SES 2018 Annual Conference on Dynamic Diversity: Expanding the Future of Standardization
[July 17, 2018 ]
Workcred executive director Roy Swift, Ph.D., will provide the closing keynote address on August 8, 2018, during The Society for Standards Professionals (SES) 67th annual conference in Nashville, Tennessee. The theme of this year's conference is "Dynamic Diversity: Expanding the Future of Standardization."
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Workcred in Action: Article on Quality Credentials Featured in SES Journal, Standards Engineering
[June 19, 2018 ]
A recent article by Roy Swift, Ph.D., executive director of Workcred, an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) affiliate, was published in the May/June edition of The Society of Standards Professionals (SES) Journal, Standards Engineering, and explains how raising the quality of credentials will increase the effectiveness, efficiency, and performance of the labor market and improve the quality of the workforce.
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Workcred's Karen Elzey to Join Jobs for the Future Panel on Bridging Education and Industry Divide
[June 5, 2018 ]
Karen Elzey, associate executive director, Workcred, an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) affiliate, will be a panelist at the Jobs for the Future's (JFF) 2018 summit, Horizons, where experts will focus on solutions to advance American education and talent development.
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In the News: Workcred Article on Credentials Featured in Journal of Interprofessional Workforce Research and Development
[April 25, 2018 ]
Workcred's executive director, Roy Swift, Ph.D., recently authored an article focused on industry-based credentials in the United States, which was featured in the first issue of the Journal of Interprofessional Workforce Research and Development at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science’s Interprofessional Healthcare Workforce Institute.
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Workcred's Associate Executive Director to Join National Association of Workforce Boards Expert Panel
[March 9, 2018 ]
Karen Elzey, associate executive director of Workcred, an affiliate of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), will join expert panelists at the upcoming National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) Forum 2018 on March 26 in Washington DC.
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Workcred's Roy Swift to Moderate Workforce Skills Credentialing Panel at Association of Test Publishers Conference
[ February 16, 2018 ]
Workcred's executive director, Roy Swift, Ph.D., will moderate a panel on "Workforce Skills Credentialing: A Global Review" on February 20 at the Association of Test Publishers (ATP) Conference in San Antonio.
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Workcred Executive Director to Present at American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Workforce Development Institute
[January 24, 2018 ]
Roy Swift, Ph.D., executive director of Workcred, a nonprofit organization and an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) affiliate focused on workforce credentialing, will be an expert panelist at the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Workforce Development Institute event in New Orleans on January 31.
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Workcred Executive Director Presents at Global Advisory Council for Healthcare Workforce
[January 18, 2018 ]
Roy Swift, Ph.D., executive director of Workcred, an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) affiliate, recently shared expert insights as a presenter at the first meeting of the Global Advisory Council for Healthcare Workforce (GACHW).
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2017


Workcred Associate Executive Director to Speak at Investing in America's Workforce Conference
[ October 2, 2017 ]
Karen Elzey, associate executive director of Workcred, will be a speaker at a U.S. Federal Reserve initiative conference, titled "Investing in America's Workforce: Improving Outcomes for Workers and Employers," to be held at the University of Texas in Austin on October 4-6, 2017.
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ANSI-Affiliate Workcred Names Karen Elzey as Associate Executive Director
[June 13, 2017 ]
Workcred, an affiliate of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), is pleased to name Karen Elzey as its new associate executive director, effective August 28, 2017
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Recording Now Available: ANSI and SES Webinar on Certification Programs
[May 18, 2017 ]
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) held a joint webinar with SES-The Society for Standards Professionals on Wednesday, May 17.
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Workcred Executive Director Presents at CONEXPO-CON/AGG
[March 30, 2017 ]
Roy Swift, Ph.D., executive director of Workcred, an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) affiliate, recently presented at the CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 construction industry show in Las Vegas, where he spoke at a special session on behalf of the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO).
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Workcred Executive Director Presents at Association of Test Publishers Conference, Highlighting Initiatives Strengthening the Credentialing Marketplace
[March 14, 2017 ]
Roy Swift, Ph.D., executive director of Workcred, an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) affiliate, presented at the recent Association of Test Publishers (ATP) Innovations in Testing 2017 conference in Scottsdale, AZ, where he highlighted major emerging initiatives related to the credentialing marketplace, and how stakeholders can get involved.
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You’re Hired! New Video Highlights Workcred’s Role in Workforce Credentialing
[March 2, 2017 ]
Workcred, an affiliate of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), has released a new animated video that explains the challenges of the U.S. credentialing system and highlights how Workcred is helping workforce ...
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2016


On Manufacturing Day, ANSI Salutes Efforts to Boost Business and Find Top Talent
[October 7, 2016 ]
On October 7, manufacturers across the country will collaborate to raise awareness about their businesses and open shop floors for...
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Credential Transparency Initiative Debuts Groundbreaking Technology to Transform Credentialing Ecosystem
[September 19, 2016 ]
The Credential Transparency Initiative (CTI), a Lumina Foundation-funded effort, demonstrated the capability of its new Credential Registry today at ...
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Workcred Executive Director Dr. Roy Swift Receives Award from SES-The Society for Standards Professionals
[August 29, 2016 ]
Roy Swift, Ph.D., executive director of Workcred , an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) affiliate, was recently honored by SES...
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National Academy of Sciences Report on Quality Undergraduate Education Cites Workcred Executive Director Roy Swift and the Importance of Accreditation
[June 28, 2016 ]
The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has released a report highlighting expert recommendations on enhancing the quality of undergraduate education...
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Dr. Roy Swift Represents Workcred, CTI at Association of Test Publishers Conference
[March 28, 2016 ]
Roy Swift, Ph.D., executive director of Workcred , an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) affiliate which serves to strengthen workforce...
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ANSI Highlights How Standards and Accreditation Strengthen Credentialing at National Science Foundation Event
[May 16, 2016 ]
As part of its ongoing efforts to support national STEM education and initiatives, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) recently...
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Workcred Executive Director Dr. Roy Swift Presents at the Council of College and Military Educators (CCME) Symposium
[February 22, 2016 ]
Roy Swift, Ph.D., executive director of Workcred , an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) affiliate which serves to strengthen workforce...
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2016 State of the Union: Obama Emphasizes Greater American Security, from Energy to Economy
[January 13, 2016 ]
In his final State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Obama reaffirmed his steadfast support for measures that will...
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2015


ANSI Director of Personnel Credentialing Accreditation Programs Speaks at First Army University Educational Symposium
[ December 11, 2015]
Academic and military educators shared best practices on innovative and collaborative ways to improve educational experiences for soldiers preparing to....
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Credential Transparency Initiative Collaborative Launches
[December 1, 2015]
The Credential Transparency Initiative (CTI) Collaborative launched today, uniting higher education and industry stakeholders to strategize on a multipronged approach ...
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Credential Transparency Initiative Launches Website
[November 15, 2015]
The Credential Transparency Initiative (CTI) has launched its official website, www.credentialtransparencyinitiative.org. The initiative is creating a first-of-its- kind credential registry
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ANSI Salutes Veterans and Workforce Efforts for Transitioning Service Members
[ November 11, 2015]
On Veterans Day, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) recognizes the dedication and sacrifice of those who have courageously served...
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Industry Feedback Needed for Alternative Workforce Credentials Survey
[November 9, 2015]
Reminder: The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is seeking industry feedback on a survey released by American Council on Education (ACE)
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Workcred Executive Director Testifies at House Committee on Licensing and Credentialing
[September 14, 2015 ]
Workcred executive director Roy Swift, Ph.D., joined a panel of career experts to testify at the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs on September 10, emphasizing the urgency to translate military skills into civilian careers as thousands of veterans transition to new jobs each year
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Dr. Roy Swift, Executive Director of Workcred, to Testify Before House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs
[September 08, 2015]
Dr. Roy Swift, executive director of Workcred, an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) affiliate, will testify on Thursday, September 10, 2015, before the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs target="_blank" [ more... ]


Major Grant Made to Increase the Transparency and Value of Industry Credentials and Degrees
[July 08, 2015 ]
Lumina Foundation has awarded a grant of $2.25 million to the George Washington University and two partner organizations to build and test a first-of-its kind “credential registry.” The registry will allow users to easily compare the quality and value of workforce credentials, such as college degrees and industry certifications, using a web-based system with information provided directly by the institutions issuing the credentials.
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Workcred Executive Director Dr. Roy Swift Leads American Legion Summit Panel on the Quality and Value of Credentials
[May 04, 2015 ]
Credentialing experts, military personnel, and representatives from federal agencies and non-profit organizations convened at the American Legion National Credentialing Summit in Washington, D.C., last week to discuss collaborative solutions for facilitating the transition of military service members into civilian careers. Highlights of the April 28–29 event included interactive panel discussions on closing the skills gap, military spouse credentialing, best practices in transportation credentialing, and “Assessing the Quality and Value of Credentials,” moderated by Roy Swift, Ph.D., executive director of Workcred, an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) affiliate.
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ANSI-Affiliated Workcred Granted 501(c)(3) Status
[May 01, 2015]
Less than a year after its launch, Workcred, an American National Standards Institute (ANSI)–affiliated organization, was granted tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. Workcred’s mission is to strengthen workforce quality by improving the credentialing system, ensuring its ongoing relevance, and preparing employers, workers, educators, and governments to use it effectively.
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Dr. Swift, Executive Director of Workcred to Speak at The American Legion’s National Credentialing Summit
[February 11, 2015]
Roy Swift, Ph.D., executive director of Workcred, a new American National Standards Institute (ANSI) affiliate organization focused on workforce credentialing, will lead and moderate a panel of experts at The American Legion’s National Credentialing Summit on February 17-18 at the Mayflower hotel in Washington.
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2014


Workcred Board of Directors Convenes for Inaugural Meeting
[December 5, 2014]
On November 20, the Workcred Board of Directors convened for its inaugural meeting in Washington, DC, to set the strategic direction for Workcred, a new American National Standards Institute (ANSI) affiliate organization focused on workforce credentialing.
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Former Michigan Governor John Engler Discusses the Importance of Workforce Development during ANSI’s Annual Business Meeting
[October 28, 2014]
John Engler, president of the Business Roundtable (BRT) and former governor of Michigan, addressed attendees at the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Annual Business Meeting on Thursday, October 23, 2014. Mr. Engler highlighted the pressing need for continued focus on workforce development and related issues and praised ANSI for its work in this important area.
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ANSI Affiliate Workcred Launches New Website
Provides Important Information on the Organization’s Programs, Services, and Goals
[October 10, 2014]
Workcred, a new affiliate of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), has launched its official website, making a wide array of information about this exciting new initiative publicly available for the first time.
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ANSI and Workcred Board Member to Co-Chair Revision of Major ISO Standard for Accreditation
[October 02, 2014]
Cynthia Woodley, Ed.D., a principal contributor to the successful growth of ANSI Accreditation programs for more than a decade, was recently selected to serve as co-convenor of a new ISO CASCO (International Organization for Standardization Conformity Assessment Committee) Working Group (WG) tasked with revising ISO/IEC 17011, Conformity assessment - General requirements for accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies. She is joined as co-convenor by Alister Dalrymple of the Association Française de Normalization (AFNOR).
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Workcred Names Board of Directors
[September 30, 2014]
Workcred, a new American National Standards Institute (ANSI) affiliate organization focused on workforce credentialing, is pleased to announce the selection of the members of its first-ever board of directors.
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ANSI Board of Directors Approves Creation of Workcred
New ANSI Affiliate Will Bolster Knowledge of Competency-Based, Industry-Endorsed Credentials

[July 22, 2014]
At its May 2014 meeting, the Board of Directors of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) voted to approve the creation of Workcred, a new ANSI affiliate organization tasked with increasing awareness of competency-based, industry-recognized workforce credentials and supporting efforts to improve the quality, transparency, portability, and market value of these important tools. Workcred will be a nonprofit corporation and tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) and will maintain separation from and respect the impartiality of ANSI’s accreditation services.
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George Washington University Partners with ANSI to Lead Study on Credentialing Standards
[September 25, 2013]
George Washington University (GWU)’s George Washington Institute of Public Policy (GWIPP) recently announced that it has received a grant from the Lumina Foundation to fund a study examining how ANSI can work to coordinate standards and conformity assessment systems to improve transparency and trust in U.S. labor market credentialing.
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In the Press

Boost Your Career With Credentials — Here’s How to Pick the Right Ones
[November 2018]
Learn more in this article from The Penny Hoarder, which features insights and credential definitions from Workcred’s executive director Roy Swift.
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Are Employers Using Credentials to the Fullest?: New Manufacturing Report Provides Insights
[August 2018]
How can credentialing be improved to help employers keep pace with changing skill needs? Check out a new blog post from Workcred executive director Roy Swift published by the Committee for Economic Conference of the Conference Board (CED).
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Quality Credentials or a Needle in a Haystack: Which is Harder to Find?
[June 2018]
An article authored by Workcred executive director Roy Swift was published in Standards Engineering, the journal of SES – the Society for Standards Professionals. The article appeared in the May/June 2018 issue and is used with permission.
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Credentials are like a box of chocolates:
you never know what you are going to get!

[April 2018]
There is growing confusion in the marketplace over the number and type of credentials entering the market. What do they mean, and how can one tell the wheat from the chaff? In this article, published in the Journal of Interprofessional Workforce Research and Development, Volume 1: Issue 1, Roy Swift, PhD, executive director of Workcred, discusses industry-based credentials and hallmarks of quality, which is key to advancing the workforce and improving the overall performance of the labor market. It is issued with permission.
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Measuring the Market Value of Credentials for a Stronger Workforce
[March 2017]
Industry Today, an online magazine that specializes in comprehensive coverage of manufacturing and industry throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Brazil, recently published an article authored by Workcred executive director Roy Swift. The feature appeared in Volume 20, Issue 1, and was issued with permission.
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Credentials, Competencies, Careers, and Customers: Building a Competency-Based US Credentialing System
[March 16, 2016]
An article authored by Workcred executive director Roy Swift was published in Standards Engineering, the journal of SES – the Society for Standards Professionals. The article appeared in March 2016 and is used with permission.
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