LSU Launches Micro-Credential Programs Online


10/17/2019
BATON ROUGE – In addition to the new undergraduate and graduate online degree programs, LSU added micro-credentials, or MicroCreds, to its portfolio of offerings. MicroCreds are designed for individuals who want to gain a new set of skills to immediately apply in the workplace. Each course is fully online and some can be completed as quickly as four weeks.

LSU Online Microcredential badge

LSU MicroCred digital badge students receive upon successful completion of an online program that can be shared on platofrms like LinkedIn.

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Each program is made up of a series of two to five related courses on a specific topic.  Successful completion earns the student a digital badge that can be shared online on platforms like LinkedIn. Badges are distributed through Acclaim by Credly. Additionally, LSU Online offers MicroCreds with credit that can be applied toward a degree.

“Our MicroCreds provide working professionals with a high-quality learning experience in a convenient format online,” said Sasha Thackaberry, vice president of LSU Digital and Continuing Education. “We are forging a new path that focuses on continually expanding the opportunities for mid-career professionals and non-traditional students to accelerate their career progression or assist in changing career paths.”

Current MicroCreds offerings are in the career focus areas of business, education, human services and social work, liberal arts and humanities, engineering and construction, and technology and data analytics. The launch of the Introduction to Construction Management MicroCred creates a “fully stackable” program where students can take everything from short course MicroCreds all the way up to graduate degrees with no credit wasted.

“Our introduction to construction management MicroCred has been organized for those with or without a college degree who would like to see an overview of the profession along with an understanding of construction materials and methods and how these relate to reading a set of construction drawings,” said Charles Berryman, professor and chair of the Bert S. Turner Department of Construction Management. “It’s a great option for individuals who may not be ready to pursue a full baccalaureate degree and it also provides a pathway towards a degree in construction management.”

LSU Executive Vice President & Provost Stacia Haynie, LSU Construction Management Department Chair Charles Berryman and Vice President at LSU Digital and Continuing Education Sasha Thackaberry

LSU Executive Vice President & Provost Stacia Haynie, LSU Construction Management Department Chair Charles Berryman and Vice President at LSU Digital and Continuing Education Sasha Thackaberry at the LSU Online summer commencement reception.
 
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Current MicroCreds programs at LSU include:

·         Accounting Fundamentals

·         Accounting Advanced Topics

·         Auditing

·         Behavioral Health

·         Business Project Management

·         Business Project Management with Agile

·         Childhood Learning & Behavior

·         Children’s and YA Literature

·         Introduction to Construction Management

·         Learning Experience Design

·         Marketing Fundamentals

·         Technical Writing

·         DevOps: Cloud Platform – coming soon

·         DevOps: Continuous Deployment – coming soon

For more information on MicroCreds or to register for a program, visit online.lsu.edu/microcreds.

 

About LSU Digital & Continuing Education

LSU Digital & Continuing Education meets the evolving needs of nontraditional learners by creating education opportunities in high-demand, workforce-relevant fields. Programs are designed with the student in mind whether they are taking a class online, on campus or on-site. D&CE meets students at all levels of their education journey from individual training courses to fully online degrees. D&CE delivers high-quality learning experiences for individuals to earn the credentials they need for professional, financial and personal growth. Standards are rigorous, led by award-winning LSU faculty and expert instructors. Students can expect world-class customer service through personal, concierge-style learner support. Learn more at online.lsu.edu.

LSU is the flagship institution of Louisiana and is one of only 22 prestigious universities nationwide holding land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant status. LSU’s roots run deep, shaping contributions to the state, the nation and the world for nearly 160 years.

 

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Contact Charlotte Bencaz                                                      
LSU Online
225-578-8460
cbencaz@lsu.edu

 

Alison Satake
LSU Media Relations
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