CNC to offer 'micro credential' courses in digital, data literacy

The College of New Caledonia is one of 15 B.C. post-secondary institutions that will be offering "micro credential" courses to quickly train people for high-demand jobs.

CNC will be offering two of the short-duration programs aimed at helping people train or retrain to get into the workforce quickly.

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"Micro credentials are an exciting new initiative for B.C. post-secondary education that will enable learners to get the education and skills they need to access high-demand jobs," B.C. Advanced Education Minster Anne Kang said in a press release. "My ministry worked with the post-secondary sector, which was quick to accept the challenge to develop and implement micro-credential offerings that would suit learners from a wide range of employment or education backgrounds. I'm confident that the first wave of 24 micro credentials will help people get the skills they need to get back to work and get ahead."

The Core Skills for a Digital World program will offer training in digital literacy, communication, collaboration and content creation. CNC's Core Skills for Data Literacy program will focus on skills for locating, generating, interpreting, evaluating, explaining and presenting data for decision making. 

The micro credential courses will be credited, and can be used as a starting point for a longer programs, or "stackable" to obtain credentials like certificates and diplomas.

The province and Canada-BC Workforce Development provided $4 million to provide 24 micro credential programs throughout B.C.

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