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NJ, nonprofit look to streamline state’s credit system

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The Lumina Foundation uses this comic to illustrate the confusion around credentials across the country
The Lumina Foundation uses this comic to illustrate the confusion around credentials across the country - ()

New Jersey is seeking to streamline the state’s credential system.

The state’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development announced a partnership with Credential Engine, a nonprofit organization that collects credential data.

Simplifying credentials is part of New Jersey’s 65 by 25 initiative, a pledge to raise the state’s educational attainment rate from 50 percent to 65 percent by the year 2025.

According to data collected by Indiana-based Lumina Foundation, roughly 14 percent of New Jersey residents age 25 to 64 have some college education but no credential to show for it.

The Credential Registry used by Credential Engine will provide clearer information for employers and workers on what credentials are desired in a given market.

New Jersey’s credential registry will provide information on industries identified as having high demand including advanced manufacturing, transportation, logistics & distribution, health care, construction & utilities and retail, hospitality & tourism.

“With new credentials being developed almost daily, our state needed a way to better track and compare credentials,” said Aaron Fichtner, Commissioner of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. 

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Arthur Augustyn

Arthur Augustyn


Arthur Augustyn grew up in Massachusetts and previously covered the video game industry in Los Angeles, city politics in Malibu, California, and local news in Bergen County before working at NJBIZ. He currently covers cannabis, government and tech.

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