The Texas economy is booming. The Lone Star State has remained the fastest growing state in America over the past decade and leads the nation in job growth and economic development. That’s the good news, but it comes with the caveat that workforce projections show demand for certain occupations and skills will soon outpace statewide supply in Texas. As the largest university system in the state, the University of Texas System is taking a leadership role in closing the gap between the demand and supply for qualified workers.
“UT’s institutions are finding innovative ways to ensure that educational offerings fit the needs of employers in order to equip our graduates for competitive job opportunities immediately upon graduation, while also reskilling and upskilling non-traditional students.”
– UT System Chancellor James B. Milliken
Recognizing the growing demand for short-term credentials among employers and education consumers, the UT System launched its Texas Credentials for the Future initiative in 2021 to expand offerings across UT’s academic institutions. Microcredentials embedded into bachelor’s degree programs and undergraduate experiences at UT institutions help college graduates distinguish their education and talent with in-demand, industry-recognized skills. Similarly, these credentials are helping our alumni and working adult professionals stay relevant in the workforce.
Kelvin Bentley, Ph.D.
Program Manager-Texas Credentials for the Future
UT System and Coursera launch the most comprehensive industry-recognized microcredential program in the country
The UT System has expanded its industry microcredential program with a goal of preparing every interested student at UT academic campuses – as well as faculty, staff and alumni – for the state’s workforce demands at no extra cost to them. Today, students, faculty, staff and alumni from across UT’s nine academic campuses have access to the Career Academy on Coursera, which includes more than 35 entry-level Professional Certificates from leading companies such as Google, IBM, Microsoft and Salesforce. This is the most extensive industry-recognized microcredential program from a U.S. university system — and at no cost.
UT System becomes higher education’s largest ‘Grow with Google’ partner
Through Google’s largest university partnership to date and with the support of Coursera, UT institutions will embed Google career certificates into undergraduate degree programs and co-curricular experiences with options to receive university credit at no additional cost to students. These career certificates will serve as an important tool in positioning UT graduates for high-quality, in-demand jobs.
Strada awards $1.5 million grant in support of Texas Credentials for the Future
With funding support from the Strada Education Foundation, UT institutions are positioning its graduates for success and professional growth in the modern job market. Pairing a bachelor’s degree with a workplace relevant microcredential leads to graduates who are both broadly educated and specifically skilled – a winning combination for students and employers.
WORKCRED REPORT: Integrating microcredentials into undergraduate experiences
Workcred partnered with the UT System to explore the benefits of adding a microcredential to a bachelor’s degree.
UT Campus Resources
Each UT institution is unique in how it participates in Texas Credentials for the Future. Discover the details of how students may pursue beneficial microcredential opportunities at each campus by clicking the university tiles below.
Texas Credentials for the Future in the News
- 4 ways public-private partnerships can bridge the AI opportunity gap, World Economic Forum, 1/8/24
- Two higher education systems join Credential As You Go, Yahoo! Finance, 12/11/23
- University of Texas System bets big on microcredentials, Inside Higher Ed, 9/14/23
- The Edge: A university’s push into microcredentials signals a widening mission, by Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education, 8/30/23
- University Of Texas, Coursera launch historic micro-credential partnership, Forbes, 8/2/23
- The Latest Campus Clinic: Cybersecurity, Inside Higher Ed, 6/27/23
- UT institutions to offer Skyepack’s Microcredential Innovator course to faculty and staff, KXAN, 4/25/23
- Google is seeking out Texas students, Spectrum News, 3/16/23
- UT System receives $1.5 million grant to expand microcredential initiative, UT System, 1/17/2023
- UT System teams up with Google for increased educational degree opportunities, The Daily Texan, 1/11/23
- UTEP offers Google certificates, El Paso Inc., 1/4/23
- Google, Texas universities to pump out more tech-savvy students, Austin Business Journal, 12/29/22
- UTEP offering Google Career Certificates to students, KFOX El Paso, 12/21/22
- Google Career Certificates now available for UT, Texas State University Systems, Dallas Innovates, 12/15/22
- University of Texas, Google team up on career training for students, Higher Ed Dive, 12/14/22
- UT Tyler announces partnership in UT System’s Grow with Google Initiative, The Gilmer Mirror, 12/20/22
- University of Texas System partners with Google to offer career certificates to students, KVUE ABC Austin (Online), 12/9/22
- UT and Google team up to offer students more opportunities, CBS Austin, 12/9/22
- University of Texas System partners with Google to offer career certificates to students, Fox TV West Texas, 12/9/22
- UT System, Google announce Google Career Certificates, Odessa American, 12/9/22
- UT system, Google, others announce tech workforce training for thousands of Texas students, Tyler Morning Telegraph, 12/10/22
- Looking to boost your resume? The University of Texas is expanding ‘micro-credential’ programs, KXAN, 5/11/22
- UT-Austin, other University of Texas System schools plan to offer more microcredentials, Austin American-Statesman, 5/9/22