A process that helps an individual understand himself/herself and the world of work in order to make career, educational and life decisions.
A collaborative process that assesses, plans, implements, coordinates, monitors, and evaluates the options and services required to meet the student’s needs.
A technical program for entry-level employment or for upgrading skills and knowledge within an occupation. Certificate programs serve as building blocks and exit points for associate degree programs.
A credential awarded by a training provider or educational institution based on completion of all requirements for a program of study, including coursework and test or other performance evaluation. Some postsecondary non-degree award programs last only a few weeks, while others may last 1 to 2 years. Examples are: nursing assistants, emergency medical technicians, and paramedics.
A credential awarded by a certification body based on an individual successfully completing an exam that demonstrates he/she has acquired the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform a specific job. The exam can be written, oral, or performance-based. Certifications are time-limited and have to be renewed periodically.
A workshop for adult learners to refresh their technical knowledge in preparation for recertification tests.
Education completed outside of the classroom with a patient directly or in a simulation laboratory that teaches or reinforces patient assessment and treatment skills.
Generally a publicly-funded, two-year college that awards associate degrees in addition to certificates and other adult continuing education courses.
Measures learning rather than time spent in a classroom, laboratory, or online environment. Students show progress by demonstrating that they have mastered the knowledge and skills required for a particular course.
Number or percentage of students enrolled in a program (training, course, or class) in a given term that completes that program.
An hour of scheduled instruction given to students.
A measurement of participation in non-credit professional development activities.
Programs and courses for individuals who have completed a degree in a professional field (such as law, medicine, dentistry, education, or social work) to obtain additional training in their particular field of study.
A course that a student must enroll in at the same time as, or in some cases prior to, enrolling in the desired course.
An instructional subject taught in a designated period of time and commonly described with a formal number and title, expected student learning outcomes, and number of credits awarded for successful completion.
Typically refers to the degree or certificate a student has earned for successful completion of a program, along with appropriate experiences, written testimonials and other documentation.
Recognition of attendance or performance in a course or program that can be applied towards the requirements for a postsecondary degree, diploma, certificate, or other formal award.
A unit of measure representing the equivalent of an hour (50 minutes) of instruction per week over the entire term. It is applied toward the total number of credit hours needed for completing the requirements of a degree, diploma, certificate, or other award.
A course that, if successfully completed, can be applied toward the number of courses required for achieving a postsecondary degree, diploma, certificate, or other formal award.
Credit earned by students for what they have learned through independent study, non-credit adult courses, work experience, portfolio demonstration, previous licensure or certification, or completion of other learning opportunities (military, government, or professional).
A program of courses fulfilling the requirements for a certificate, diploma, or degree in a particular field of study.