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Ohio Campus Compact Presents:
Community Collaboration: Making Microcredentials Webinar
Erica Noll Crawford, M. Ed. (Miami University)

February 10, 2023, 12:00 – 1:00pm ET
Registration is required, this webinar is free for OCC Members, and $25 for non-members.


(Check your campus’ membership status here. Not a member? Contact us at admin {at} ohiocampuscompact(.)org to learn more.)

The world and nature of work is changing rapidly—higher education must be able to adapt quickly. With the advent of MOOCS, microcredentials, nanodegrees, digital badges and the like, short term programs are having long-term impacts. By creating home-grown, short-term programs, not only can institutions help their students meet the demands of today’s workplace, but also show them the opportunities available in their own backyard.

In 2019, Miami University Regionals (MUR) began working with different companies around Butler County to better understand the changing needs of the workforce. Businesses across the county were asked to rank cognitive abilities, basic skills and social skills, as well as list any additional skills/abilities they would like to see strengthened in their workforce. Across the board, businesses ranked communication skills (oral/written expression, speaking, writing, active listening) as some of the most desired traits. They also highlighted the immense need for employees to be socially perceptive, service orientated, creative, and willing to take risks in order to solve complex problems. With these needs in mind, MUR began its Microcredential Programs.

Today, MUR awards over 20 different Microcredentials in high-demand fields like marketing, Agile Methodology, manufacturing, database management, Spanish language, and more. As of this writing, over 1,500 badges have been awarded to approximately 900 students. Students are able to share these badges across digital platforms such as LinkedIn, as well as add them to their resumes.

Departments across Miami are encouraged to propose new programs. Proposals must include detailed information on learning outcomes and how these outcomes will be met. Programs are also reviewed for how they align with ONET skills, including the many soft skills listed above that employers are looking for. Finally, every proposal must include corporate or business partners faculty are working within the design of these programs. In this way, we can guarantee that the skills, competencies, and abilities gained from this Microcredential meet the real-world demand of today’s workforce. In addition, this builds our campus’ engagement with the local community, develops the local workforce, and shows students what is available right here in Butler County.

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to define “Microcredential” and describe its possible worth; understand the value of place in community building/engagement; and come away with some ideas they could bring back to their own campuses in relation to these topics.

2023 PACE Conference Special Rate for OCC Members

NC Campus Engagement presents the 26th annual conference. Now in its 26th year, PACE is for faculty, staff, researchers, community partners, and graduate students on February 15 at High Point University in North Carolina. OCC member rate is $125, choose “IKONC” rate at checkout.

Overview: Join the Greater Cincinnati Service Learning Network on an exciting journey of discovery and impact as we embark on Impact Multipliers – a comprehensive, one-year initiative dedicated to uncovering the transformative power of higher education in advancing place-based community engagement. Through a diverse array of in-person and virtual learning opportunities, you will have the opportunity to explore, learn, and make a meaningful difference in your community. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity – join us today and be a part of shaping the future of higher education and community engagement.

Unlocking the Power of ‘Networks of Networks’ to Transform Place-Based Community Engagement

Friday, February 24, 2023

8:30-9 a.m.: Registration and light breakfast
9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Highly interactive symposium
12:30 p.m.: Boxed lunch and Optional Networking until 1:30 p.m.

Location: ARCO
3301 Price Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45205

Unlock the full potential of your community engagement efforts by identifying and leveraging networks of networks. Join Dr. Jamiliah Ducar, a seasoned professional in community engagement, as she shares practical tips and organizing tools for building a strong ecosystem of thought-partners, collaborators, champions, and challengers. Using examples from her professional journey at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Ducar will show you how to reach across your institution and into community contexts to accelerate your projects and teams.

Ohio Campus Compact members can use the discount code OHCCDIS.