In today’s workforce, being able to provide proof of job-readiness has never been more important to learner success. Quality credentials can be used to open doors to employment, acquire college credit, develop important networking contacts, and communicate skills to future employers. The ACT® WorkKeys® National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC®) and the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council’s (MSSC) digital badges provide students with a way to communicate their competency and achievement through online recruitment tools and on social media. This webinar will provide a panel discussion of the value of digital badging from experts in the field representing ACT, MSSC, and Pearson, and their roles in the marketplace.

Join us Wednesday, February 15, 2023, 2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. PT for a 75-minute webinar that will highlight:
  • the true value of stackable, quality credentials;
  • digital badges and why they are important to students;
  • the importance of building partnerships with your community and local employers; and
  • the value of digital badges beyond the workplace.
Can’t join us live? No problem! All registrants will receive the recording and additional resources after the webinar.


Date: February 15, 2023
Time: 2:00 p.m., ET / 11:00 a.m., PT
Duration: 75 minutes


Jenna CohenJenna Cohen has more than 15 years of experience in the education sector. She began her career as a preschool teacher before transitioning to higher education.   During her tenure in higher Education, she spent much of her time focusing on national workforce; building partnerships with businesses, community colleges, and nonprofit organizations; and creating academic programs to meet workforce needs. Jenna had a growing curiosity about what was happening in K-12 education that resulted in many adult learners entering the workforce with learning gaps. As a result, she joined a management consulting firm as a training and technical assistance project manager where she focused on what was happening in K-12 through school improvement projects. Jenna then transitioned to a nonprofit organization focused on assessments, professional learning, curriculum development, and instruction. Jenna joined ACT in July of 2021. Jenna obtained an MA in Education, and a BS in Psychology. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with her daughter, husband, and two cats.

 Cindy HillDr. Cindy Hill is an industrial/organizational psychologist in the Research division at ACT. She has been a major contributor to ACT® Workforce Solutions for more than 25 years. Her work includes the refresh of the ACT® WorkKeys® National Career Readiness Certificate® (NCRC®), a portable, evidence-based credential that certifies the essential skills for workplace success. Dr. Hill’s recent research explored the alignment and “stacking” of credentials through standardized frameworks and the use of technology. Dr. Hill recently facilitated an external panel of adult educators to crosswalk the WorkKeys NCRC skills to the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education. She has also spent many years developing and reviewing licensure and certification programs, including job analysis, the development of test content outlines, national surveys, data analysis, item writing and review, standard setting, and validating the test scores of off-the-shelf and company-specific tests. As part of an ACT partnership with the Association for Talent Development, she developed and facilitates its Test Design and Delivery Certificate Program.

Pat LeonardPat Leonard’s contributions to ‘building a better workforce’ are drawn from her variety of leadership positions on all sides of the talent development ecosystem. In corporate education, Leonard led the U.S. Division of the American Management Association and was president of McGraw-Hill’s Lifelong Learning Division. In talent development, she led Manpower Group’s Right Management NE region, providing career management and talent development solutions. In higher education, Leonard led the Business Education partnership alliances for Laureate Education’s global online universities. At Pearson, she was a M&A executive, college text and professional reference publisher and helped frame the workforce education division. Now at Pearson, Leonard is leveraging that insight with all stakeholders on both the supply and demand sides of talent to provide a meaningful talent management tool useful to the issuers of credentials, the earners of those credentials, and those who consume or use those credentials.

Neil ReddyNeil Reddy is the co-founder of the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC)—an industry-led, nonprofit training, assessment, and certification organization focused on the core technical competencies needed by the nation’s frontline production and material handling workers. Internally, Reddy oversees all departments from operations to marketing. MSSC has more than 1,800 Authorized Assessment and Training Centers in 50 states and has issued more than 193,000 credentials. His passion lies in helping people get work, but also to help them build and develop career pathways. Reddy has held this position since 2006. Prior to joining MSSC, Reddy worked at the National Council for Advanced Manufacturing. There, he worked with the Department of Defense and the National Institute of Standards and Technology on national programs dedicated toward the advancement and development of next-gen manufacturing.

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