Understanding Skills-Builder Students
Skills-builder students are experienced workers who take a limited number of community college courses to maintain and add to skill-sets required for ongoing employment and career advancement. Although numerous research studies have shown that skills-builder students secure significant earnings gains, they are not currently included in state accountability metrics. Many practitioners are now calling for skills-builder outcomes to be factored into statewide measures and goals. For example, recognizing skills-builder outcomes was a recurring theme in regional meetings held in early 2015 to inform the Board of Governor's Task Force on Workforce, Job Creation, and a Strong Economy.
There are several ways to learn more about skills-builder students and weigh in on the best way to capture skills-builder outcomes.
Student Success Scorecard Metric: Read about a proposed skills-builder metric for the Student Success Scorecard, examine skills-builder outcomes by region and by sector using this definition, and participate in regional meetings about local outcomes.
Skills-Builder Videos: View videos explaining the need for an expanded definition of success and the diversity of workforce training pathways, plus download discussion guides that are tailored to various constituencies.
Skills-Builder Research: Access several studies on skills-builder students.