"Credential helps students just starting education and professionals looking to gain skills"
Meagan Pant, Dayton Daily News, July 9, 2012
"The number of people earning college certificates has dramatically increased as students seek the quickest connection to a job.
"Certificates are the fastest-growing college credential, with more than 1 million awarded nationally in 2010, according to a recent study from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.
"Certificates equip students with the skills they need for a job often in less than a year, and they sometimes increase a person's earnings potential past that of a bachelor's degree holder.
""We provide certificates because a lot of people come to us and want to know what's the shortest distance from what I am right now — unemployed — to employable and skilled," Devier said.
""The industries are changing, and you've got to continue to adapt," said Deborah Norris, vice president of workforce development and corporate services at Sinclair.
""We have to always be upgrading our skills and always learning. That's the information age we're in," Norris said."