South Central College selected for National Initiative

20 community colleges will work to unify the credentialing system

(March 18, 2016) – South Central College is one of 20 colleges throughout the country selected to participate in a new credentialing initiative - Right Signals. Established by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) with a grant from Lumina Foundation, Right Signals will identify and develop a model for recognizable credentialing to serve students, colleges and employers across the country.

The highly diverse credentialing marketplace includes educational degrees and certificates, professional and industry certifications, apprenticeship certificates, digital badges and other micro-credentials, and licenses to practice. In different ways, each of these items attests to what people know and are able to do.

Some students enter the workforce with credentials obtained online and/or in-person at other colleges, the workplace, high schools, IT boot camps, the military, community-based and other organizations. Some community college students begin in a non-credit program, earning an occupational certificate or industry certification, with interest in transferring to credit-bearing courses. In short, community colleges must operate in the highly diversified and constantly adapting intersection of their students' varied credentialing pathways.

The purpose of the Right Signals initiative is to demonstrate a new credentialing model that recognizes multiple quality credentials to send "the right signals" to employers, students, and colleges about the meaning of these credentials. Key credentials to be targeted are degrees, certificates, industry certifications, apprenticeships, and badges.

South Central College will initially be applying these best practice tools to the college’s Auto Body & Collision Technology program and Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration (HVAC/R) program.  

The 20 participating colleges are receiving $60,000 each to fund their participation in the initiative. 

For more information on the Right Signals initiative, see the following AACC News Release:


About AACC

As the voice of the nation’s community colleges, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) delivers educational and economic opportunity for 13 million diverse students in search of the American Dream. Uniquely dedicated to access and success for all students, AACC’s member colleges provide an on-ramp to degree attainment, skilled careers and family-supporting wages. Located in Washington, D.C., AACC advocates for these not-for-profit, public-serving institutions to ensure they have the resources and support they need to deliver on the mission of increasing economic mobility for all.