CTE Policy Watch – Twenty-seven percent of U.S. adults had an industry certification, a license or a postsecondary certificate in 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. This includes 18 percent with a license, 6 percent with a certification and 8 percent with a postsecondary certificate (some people had more than one non-degree credential)
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Community and technical colleges have a big role to play in helping individuals obtain occupational credentials, with 67 percent of license and certification holders taking courses at a college, technical school or trade school to prepare. Occupational credentials were most common in health care fields and more common among adults who also have a degree.
In addition, 21 percent of U.S. adults have completed a work experience program, including internships, apprenticeships and other work-based learning activities both in and out of school.
Both occupational credentials and work experiences were rated as highly useful to getting a job.