JSU makes history as the first HBCU to offer stackable micro-credentials

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The JSU Center for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development will offer stackable micro-credentials that include virtual reality and augmented reality. (Photo: Charles A. Smith/University Communications)

JANS – Jackson State University announces its distinction as the nation’s first historically Black university to provide stackable micro-credentials, enhancing the educational landscape and empowering learners for success in the 21st-century workforce.

Micro-credentials (bite-sized educational experiences designed to build, validate, and enhance professional skills) are now part of JSU’s academic offerings. Upon completion, learners earn a digital badge as a testament to their acquired skills, which can be prominently displayed on LinkedIn, résumés, or digital portfolios.

JSU’s inaugural micro-credential offering is titled “Fundamentals of Cyber IT and Innovation.” It is set to launch on March 20 and is designed for 20 multidiscipline STEM participants. It encompasses a comprehensive curriculum that includes Introduction to Python Coding Language; iOS Application Development Fundamentals; Information Technology Troubleshooting and Cybersecurity Fundamentals; Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Technology Fundamentals with Lab; and Advancing Innovation through Critical Thinking.

Jarrod Benjamin, senior program manager for the Division of Research and Economic Development at JSU, hailed the significance of micro-credentials. “Micro-credentials allow our students and community members the opportunity to be equipped for the global workforce with hands-on technical skills.”

Almesha L. Campbell, Ph.D., assistant vice president for the Division and director for Technology Transfer, highlighted JSU’s commitment to innovation and workforce readiness. “The Center for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, and JSU’s work at the Thad Cochran Mississippi Center for Innovation and Technology (MCITy) will serve as the technology and innovation heartbeat. It would ensure that our students are trained and prepared to champion the workforce as credentialed professionals, ready for the future of work on Day One.”

Tara N. Johnson, executive director of Trio Student Support Services, shared her perspective on the collaboration: “Partnering with the Center for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development is invaluable for our JSU first-generation college students and marginalized student population. This opportunity provides hands-on workforce development with innovative technology. It sets the stage for their success in a competitive professional landscape.”

The program will be offered at the JSU Center For Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, and MCITy.

Benjamin said JSU is committed to advancing education, fostering innovation, and preparing students for success in a rapidly evolving global landscape.

For more information about JSU’s micro-credentials or to inquire about enrollment, contact Benjamin at jarrod.d.benjamin@jsums.edu.

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JSU makes history as the first HBCU to offer stackable micro-credentials

By Jackson Advocate News Service
March 18, 2024