Competencies are becoming the new currency for job seekers and businesses filling their talent needs. The Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has released a new video series called How to Crosswalk Competency Models for Curriculum Development. The video series dives into how postsecondary education is collaborating directly with businesses to determine key academic, personal effectiveness, workplace, and industry-wide technical competencies.

This video series shares how the competency models on ETA’s Competency Model Clearinghouse (CMC) can be used to develop quality curricula that reflect employer input and align with industry-based credentials.

The series is organized in seven parts:

  • How to Crosswalk Competency Models for Curriculum Development: Welcome featuring Janet Sperstad, CMP, from Madison Area Technical College, provides an overview of the video series.
  • Walkthrough the Competency Model Clearinghouse live screencast introduces the CMC by showcasing all current industry models, explaining the nine model tiers, and identifying current resources and worksheets.
  • Using Competencies in Curriculum Development featuring Marsha Flanagan, M.Ed., from International Association of Exhibitions and Events and M.T. Hickman, CMP, CPECP, CTA, from Dallas College addresses the respective values of using competencies in developing curriculum for students, employers, and education/training providers.
  • Alignment of Industry Based Credentials Competencies with Academic Curriculum Ivy Tech Community College demonstrates how aligning the CMC competencies and embedding industry-based credentials with proposed and current academic competencies strengthens and helps to validate the curriculum.
  • Employer Engagement and Input describes Sinclair Community College's employment engagement strategy for curriculum development relative to course approval, student learning outcomes, selection of industry-based credentials, and proposed competencies.
  • Development of Programmatic Curriculum discusses how M.T. Hickman, from Dallas College, Kyle Jones, from Sinclair Community College, and Matt Cloud, from Ivy Tech Community College completed or revised the new competency-based curriculum, incorporating employer feedback on requisite content and utilizing the CMC worksheets and guides.
  • Stacking the Deck for Students closes the series by highlighting educators, Gregory Kremer and Cody Petitt, at Ohio University who have adopted the competency models into work-based learning. The Stacking the Deck program consists of cards and other tools that help students both learn and document gained competencies throughout their education. 

Using strategies from these real-life experiences to utilize this competency-based framework to enrich your curricula, improve your student outcomes, and strengthen your relationships with area employers.