Adults can thrive amid the pandemic—and flourish when economic recovery comes—by earning short-term credentials – Lumina Foundation
A global health crisis hurts even those who don’t fall ill, especially people with no formal education beyond high school who are caught in the economic riptide of soaring unemployment.
As tens of millions of adults find themselves among the temporarily or longer-term unemployed, certifications represent a promising path back to work. These industry-recognized credentials, usually awarded based on an assessment of skills and knowledge, represent significant learning and have great value in employment markets. Better yet, they can be acquired quickly and usually represent skills in demand by businesses and other employers.
For the first time, Lumina Foundation can include industry certifications in Stronger Nation, the foundation’s signature online report measuring progress toward the national goal of ensuring that, by 2025, 60 percent of working-age Americans have earned college degrees, certificates, and other credentials of value beyond the high school diploma.
When Lumina released its first Stronger Nation report in 2008, the nation’s degree attainment level was 38 percent, and the country had entered the Great Recession. At the time, it was considered the worst economic dislocation of the postwar period.