Micro-credentials, industry approved certificates, and digital badges are the solution needed to successfully chronicle student’s skills development and allow employers to understand and trust their technical and soft skills achievements. Micro-credentialing is a non-traditional learning pathway where students gain skill-sets in a specific technical area and receive a credential within a matter of weeks, serving both the student and the industry in a timely and affordable format.
Focus EduSolutions designs credentials with our university and industry partnerships that provide experiential and application-based learning, with industry specific standards, across a variety of modalities. We use online simulations, case studies, various technologies, and a variety of assessment methods to ensure skills acquisition.
Micro-credentials help industries to fill skills gaps, contribute to the growth of local economies, and have become a tool to up-skill and re-skill the workforce.
Collaboration with Focus EduSolutions entails building a suite of college-branded Professional Certificates, Digital Badges, and Micro-credentials. These certificates are specifically customized to meet the up-skilling and re-skilling requirements of the workforce.
We help institutions to identify workforce skills that are ‘in-demand’ in their region. Certificates and micro-credentials are then created as a collaboration with the university and partnerships with the local and regional industries.
Focus EduSolutions creates customized certificates that address the skills gaps identified in the region. The process includes a full regional/national industry analysis to validate the certificate-potential, establishing regional or national industry partnerships, and the development of the online or hybrid courses leading to a university branded certificate, and a full-fledged brand and program paid-marketing initiative. We also investigate the potential for federal and state workforce development grants to fund micro-credentials and professional certificates for our university or industry partners, or individual grant opportunities for students.
Our services include managing the student’s enrollment lifecycle, and fully hosted ‘University Branded’ platform/ learning management system driven through a single sign-on from the college’s website. Helpdesk-support and virtual teaching assistance/ faculty are available on demand.
Preliminary market research will include market segmentation, identifying skills-in-demand, review job reports, current and future hiring trends, target demographic, employment levels, and the available skill sets that have the potential to migrate.
Our paid marketing services will ensure the right selection of the target medium and messaging consistent with the program’s needs and goals.
Courses will include curriculum design, creation of frameworks, and digital content development. Courses will be focused on real-world, experiential learning that will consist of decision-based simulations and interactive case studies. The duration of such custom certificates will be established based on the specific ‘time to complete’ expectations and research-outcomes. Usually, the time frame for a certificate-completion can range from 12-16 weeks.
Courses are built in partnership with the university and delivered on the ‘FEV Learn’ LMS. Focus EduSolutions creates the necessary landing pages customized to each certificate program. The design, layout, and branding of the courses will be consistent with the university web pages.