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UT System schools plan to offer more microcredentials, certifications

The University of Texas System plans to increase its focus on short-term microcredentials to provide people with more pathways to careers.

The UT System schools, including UT-Austin, will be offering more certifications, known as microcredentials, that show a specific skill was learned through short training or courses.

The goal is to help fill workforce gaps and respond to changing labor market demands, particularly in such fields as cybersecurity, business and technology.

Across the UT System, hundreds of microcredential programs already exist, from short courses to certificate programs, but the UT System has been training faculty and staff members; securing funding; and increasing its capacity for the past two years as it plans to expand such offerings.

“Texas may double in size. We’re going to have a great need to educate a much larger workforce,” UT System Chancellor JB Milliken said. “If we can provide — with the strength of our academic programs, and our faculty — the ability for people to get a credential that’s recognized by employers and hired, that’s a great thing.”

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