Earn valuable workplace credentials in high school.
Industry certifications are industry-recognized credentials that demonstrate expertise in a specific area. Such credentials are valuable and necessary to work in a variety of occupations – from agriculture and manufacturing to information technology and health – and often convert to college credit as well.
Given international demand for these credentials, which often lead to high paying jobs, the education system should incorporate them into K-12 learning in the same way children are credentialed as being competent in English, math, and other traditional subjects. States are accomplishing this through a variety of methods: financial incentives for schools/district for increasing the number of certificates, partnerships with industry, tax credits for businesses who provide credentialing resources, etc.