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Helping Community Colleges Develop Short-Term Credentials of Value

Please join the Urban Institute for the second installment of our community college event series, focused on short-term credentials. Community colleges award both degrees (associate’s and sometimes bachelor’s) and certificates that take varying lengths of time to complete. Short-term certificates can help students earn credentials and complete initial steps for longer programs of study more quickly, support persistence in and completion of a career pathway, and build connections to employment. But not all short-term certificates are created equal and some are not valued by employers. This panel will explore the value of short-term certificates offered by community colleges and how colleges can ensure certificates are recognized and valued by employers.



  • Christina Amato, Dean of eLearning, Sinclair College
  • J. Kyle Dalpe, Vice President of Instruction and Institutional Effectiveness, Western Nevada College
  • Harry Holzer, John LaFarge Jr. SJ Professor of Public Policy, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University
  • Heidi Speese, Customer Care and Outreach Division Manager, NOCTI
  • Demetra Nightingale, Institute Fellow, Urban Institute (moderator)

Registration and light lunch will be available at 11:30 a.m. and the program will begin promptly at 12:00 p.m. Please contact [email protected] with questions regarding this event.

This event is part of the Building Community Colleges for the Future event series, hosted by the Urban Institute and supported by JPMorgan Chase & Co. The series aims to highlight the evidence and lessons learned from community college initiatives and research to support community colleges, government, funders, and other stakeholders in the next stage of reform and innovation at community colleges. Stay tuned for the last event in our series, on supporting career advancement through career pathways, to be held at the Urban Institute on November 5th, 2019.

Support for this event is provided by JPMorgan Chase & Co. For more information on the Urban Institute’s funding principles, go to

Date & Time Thursday, October 10, 2019