Pearson Collaborates with NCCER to Provide Flexible, Online Learning Opportunities and Credentials for the Construction Workforce

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NCCERconnect Online Courses Help Learners to Upgrade their Skills and Prepare for NCCER Credential Exam

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Employment of construction professionals is projected to grow by 25 percent from 2012 to 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In an effort to meet the growing demand for qualified professionals and provide flexible access to career advancement opportunities, Pearson is collaborating with NCCER to provide digital learning resources for NCCER’s online courses through the newly enhanced NCCERconnect platform. Six new courses were recently released via the NCCERconnect platform, and more than 15 additional courses will be released in the fall.

The NCCERconnect courses help students to assess and improve their knowledge. NCCER has provided the construction industry with standardized training and credentialing since 1996. By obtaining NCCER credentials, learners may increase their odds of securing a job once they graduate, and can potentially earn higher pay. Through the collaboration, Pearson provides curricula for more than 70 craft areas, offered at over 4,000 NCCER-accredited training locations worldwide. NCCERconnect includes digital content for 10 areas of study, including Core Curriculum, which provides foundational training for craft professionals, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, and welding. Currently, NCCERconnect has over 18,000 registrations.

Director of Corporate Training, Yates Construction, Mike Farrar, said, “[NCCER] credentials are preferred when we look to bring on new employees. They go to the front of the line.” To learn more about how high quality credentialing programs that have benefitted construction students, educators, and employers, download the Mississippi Construction Education Foundation case study, “High quality credentialing programs benefit construction students, educators, and employers.”

“As the need for skills training for individuals coming into the construction industry continues to grow, it is vital to offer flexible training programs that incorporate an engaging online experience,” said Don Whyte, president of NCCER. “It is our goal to provide this experience through Pearson’s self-paced, online platform, NCCERconnect.”

Using Pearson’s online, homework and tutorial technologies, NCCERconnect provides a flexible and convenient learning experience, with access to supplemental content such as eBooks, embedded multimedia, as well as instructor tools. Students learn at their own pace, while instructors are able to monitor student progress and communicate with their students to keep them engaged and accountable for their work.

Pearson’s Vice President, Global Employability and Career Success, Jonell Sanchez, said,
“Our partnership with NCCER prepares learners by giving them the skills, training, and credentials they need to become better prepared for career success in the construction industry.” He continued, “Through the use of the online learning technology, traditional students and working professionals are able to learn at their own pace, while instructors are able to monitor their progress and communicate with them to keep them engaged and accountable for their work.”

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About NCCER
NCCER is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) education foundation created by the construction industry to develop standardized curriculum with portable credentials and to help address the skilled construction workforce shortage. NCCER is recognized by the industry as the training, assessment, certification and career development standard for the construction and maintenance craft professional. For more information, visit http://www.nccer.org or contact NCCER customer service at 888.622.3720.

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Laura Howe, laura(dot)howe(at)pearson(dot)com

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