What do adults need in order to succeed in postsecondary education and training? That is the question facing Ohio, where 45% of adults ages 25-54 (2.1 million) have no postsecondary education, and employers have a growing demand for a skilled workforce. The Ohio General Assembly sought to address this pressing issue by passing legislation instructing the Ohio Board of Regents (OBR) and the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) to develop a statewide system of "stackable" certificates capable of engaging lowskilled adults in college.
The state interagency team charged with designing stackable certificates asked Columbus State Community College (CSCC) to facilitate the design process. CSCC engaged Community Research Partners (CRP), a nonprofit research and workforce policy center, to conduct national benchmarking in search of other stackable certificate type programming. Columbus State contributed to the research by conducting stakeholder focus groups. This information is contained in another report.