Badge of approval

WSU's Office for Workforce, Professional and Community Education helps employees develop, confirm skill sets

Written by Kristin Baker

To make training accessible and affordable for area professionals, Wichita State University’s Office for Workforce Education now offers badge courses to help employees develop and confirm their skill sets.

When employees earn a badge in a particular area, they are then able to list the badge on their resumes and social media accounts. Employers can click on a digital badge to learn exactly what skills each potential employee possesses. With some badges, professionals also earn contact hours, and badges can help with certification or re-licensure. WSU is the only university offering badges for both undergraduate and graduate credit. Badges are designed for non-degree-seeking professionals.

“We have established ourselves as one of the leaders in this area,” said Kimberly Moore, Director for Workforce, Professional and Community Education.

Badges will assist employers looking to make the best decision on potential hires. “It has a lot of value for employers because when you’re looking at resumes trying to evaluate somebody it’s difficult,” Moore said. “But when you go into a badge and see what learning outcomes had to be met, then it shows what that person can actually do.”

This fall, badges will be offered for workers in several areas, including health sciences, behavioral science, business, creative, education, engineering and general workforce.

“Badges demonstrate knowledge, skills and competencies,” Moore said. “It will be very helpful in the hiring process when evaluating candidates best prepared to make an immediate impact. It also helps set employees apart.”

All badge training is online and can be done at a student’s own pace. Each badge is worth one-half to one full credit hour and will appear on a student’s transcript.

“Badges are very convenient and very affordable,” Moore said. Enrolling in a badge course is easy when potential students visit badges.wichita.edu. “Badges are a safe way for employees to get back into higher education and try some new learning experiences,” Moore said.

Students who have completed badges found the content useful, Moore said. “Students have found information included in the badges very timely,” she said. “The response so far for people who have taken them has been very positive.”

Moore said part of her office’s role is to support the Wichita workforce and economy. “It’s very impor- tant for our community that we provide education necessary for a skilled workforce,” she said.

To learn more about badges, visit badges.wichita.edu or call the Office for Workforce, Professional and Community Education at (316) 978-3258.

 
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