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Dear partners and innovators, 

Learning and Employment Records (LERs) – digital records of an individual’s learning and work – have the potential to create more equitable access to employment and education opportunities by equipping individuals with verifiable and shareable data about their skills, achievements, experiences, and credentials. As states, postsecondary institutions, and employers explore piloting LERs, it's important pilots are designed with equitable outcomes for learners as an explicit goal ... and that they use linked, open data to support interoperability within a skills-based talent ecosystem. 

The Lab and Credential Engine (CE) have teamed up to offer services to help stakeholders prepare for LER pilots. Together, the Lab and CE bring a blend of human-centered design tools and processes, best practices in data transparency, and technical knowledge that will position emerging LER pilots for success. 

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COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA: The Lab traveled to the Rural Community College Alliance (RCCA) Conference with a few of our BRIDGES Rural partners, pictured above. The conference was held Sept. 14-16 at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, IA. Dr. Lisa Larson, Head of the Community College Growth Engine Fund at the Lab (and former president of rural Eastern Maine Community College), shared her top takeaways in 3 good ideas from the 2022 Rural Community College Alliance Conference
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS: Dr. Lisa Larson, Head of the Community College Growth Engine Fund, and Dr. Leslie Daugherty, Senior Education Designer, traveled to Texas to talk about micro-pathways and micro-credentials with San Antonio College and St. Philip's College faculty and employers. "They are committed to addressing the healthcare talent pipeline needs while focusing on learner needs," said Larson. "Proud to be partners in this work with them!"
Lab in the media
The Hechinger Report: The Lab's Single Moms Success Design Challenge was featured in this Sept. 16, 2022, story: Rethinking community college supports for single moms.
Open Campus: Dr. Robert Nye, president of Finger Lakes Community College and BRIDGES Rural partner, talks about their GRIT pilot program in this Sept. 8, 2022, Mile Markers story: Can virtual welding help solve the density challenge?
The Lab is proud to support Tear the Paper Ceiling, a multi-year campaign to raise awareness around the 70+ million workers in the U.S. who are Skilled Through Alternative Routes (STARs), rather than through a bachelor's degree. The campaign calls on businesses and decision makers to remove the barriers blocking 50% of workers in the U.S. from accessing upward mobility.

As part of the campaign, you can sign the pledge at ... or join Working Nation's live Twitter discussion on Sept. 28.
The Lab continues to grow, with three new job openings!
  • Community Designer
  • Instructional Designer 
  • Education Designer
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