|Google’s Participation Trophies|
Anne Kim, Washington Monthly
Big Tech promised that online career certificates would replace the college degree. They have so far proved to be, at best, a supplement.
That’s not to discredit the idea behind short-term credentials like certificates. In theory, they’re great. In today's rapidly changing labor market, workers need fast and affordable options to acquire additional skills and retrain without going back to college. But in reality, too many of the short-term programs available today might not meet that need, largely because there’s a lack of consistent, reliable quality standards to inform job seekers and employers.