Examining the Potential of Industry-Recognized Credentials in High School to Advance Learner Success

January 24, 2023
4-5 p.m. ET

Industry-recognized credentials (IRCs) are an increasingly prominent strategy used by states to measure career readiness among high school graduates. The breadth of the credentials landscape is making it increasingly important to monitor the outcomes of credential attainment to ensure they meet the skill needs for both learners and prospective employers.

In this webinar, Matt Giani, Research Associate Professor from UT-Austin, and Amber Northern, Senior Vice President for Research at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, will facilitate a discussion with state Career Technical Education (CTE) leaders centered on the results of a large-scale, mixed-methods study examining the impact of IRCs in Texas. Attendees will gain insights on the impact of IRCs on high school learner post-graduation outcomes, areas of growth to increase IRC completion, and the risks and reward of incorporating IRC outcomes into state accountability systems. There will be no shortage of tips to implement in your state or institution!


  • Matt Giani, Research Associate Professor, UT-Austin
  • Warren Kawano, Career Pathways Strategy Director, University of Hawaii - Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education
  • Trey Michael, Senior Director, Office of Career and Technical Education, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
  • Amber Northern, Senior Vice President for Research, Thomas B. Fordham Institute