The National Student Clearinghouse® is a U.S.-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to serve the education and workforce communities, and all learners with access to trusted data, related services, and insights. The National Student Clearinghouse® Research Center ™ publishes reports that offer objective and timely data and insights about student enrollment, mobility, completion, learner success, and other important student outcomes.
In partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Association of Manufacturing/Manufacturing Institute, the Research Center produced new insights regarding the experience of individuals who attained industry-recognized certifications enabling them to work in the manufacturing sector. These insights will contribute to a better understanding of how certification shapes labor and employment outcomes. With this research in hand, the Research Center sought to drive action based on the findings and catalyze long-term industry partnerships among organizations with similar goals.
Coeuraj designed and delivered a collaborative session with a key stakeholder group, including members of the U.S. Census Bureau, and leaders and researchers in the postsecondary and industry certification space. The group explored the implications of the research and discussed how they work together to achieve their individual and collective goals.
We put the Research Center’s insights at the center of the conversations, allowing industry partners to deepen their understanding of and engage with the information. The approach positioned the Research Center’s work as a key platform to encourage critical thought and dialogue, which helped to identify any gaps in the subject matter, including how students gain and leverage credentials in service of well-paying jobs. By inviting participants to delve into the research and discuss its implications, we were able to cultivate a shared sense of ownership around the importance of advancing research that includes alternative pathways to the workforce, like industry-recognized credentials.
We identified the following objectives for the session:
The session was a starting point for future conversations between partners on how they might collaborate and expand on ideas to create common successes for the sector. It helped to position the Research Center as a leader in driving the industry’s research agenda, and furthered understanding about the barriers to and potential for educational transformation.