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Dear partners and innovators, 

Over the past 18 months, the XCredit team at the Lab has explored the design question: How might we validate and credential existing skills to make (l)earners more visible in the talent marketplace?

In collaboration with our partners, the Lab spent XCredit’s first year prototyping an interoperable skills ecosystem to help military-connected individuals, as well as unemployed and underemployed civilians, move toward the careers they want.

How does it work? Follow along as "Andrea" validates her skills within the XCredit ecosystem.

Explore the skills ecosystem with Andrea
Simulation vs. gaming
What‘s the difference between running simulations and gaming? How is higher ed using simulations compared to the corporate world? David McCool, President and CEO of Muzzy Lane (one of the Lab's XCredit partners), talked about that and more on the #EdUp Experience podcast. "There is a real need to diversify the pathways available to learners to develop and credential their skills to promote equitable career advancement," wrote McCool on Twitter. 
Listen to the podcast
The Lab is traveling to the Rural Community College Alliance (RCCA) National Conference at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, IA, on Sept. 14-16. We'll be participating in sessions about BRIDGES Rural and the Rural Education Community of Practice, which you're invited to join anytime. We'll be sharing photos with #LabOnTheGo on Twitter!
Learn more about RCCA
A few Labbies will speaking at CBExchange — the premier conference on competency-based learning. Our sessions will feature the latest insights from XCredit and the Community College Growth Engine Fund
How to register
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