Building a Career, Five Weeks at a Time: A Way to Navigate Pittsburgh's Job Market
Daniel Moore, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
When the graduation ceremony unfolded, the certificates handed out were not college degrees costing thousands of dollars. Rather, they reflected five weeks of job training at no cost for a group of individuals at the Energy Innovation Center in Pittsburgh. Within days, each graduate had a job offer.
The program is part of a sea change in how people build careers in Pittsburgh. Degree programs are being broken into bite-size chunks of building blocks that workers can stack based on the demands of a given job. These building blocks, or micro-credentials, also help employers fill positions with high turnover and allow educators to provide lower-cost courses more closely linked with open jobs.