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Earn career-relevant skills in weeks — not years.

Get value from your education before you even graduate.

Programs built around skills employers want

We’re bridging the gap between the classroom and the workplace by aligning our degree programs to skills employers want. And you’ll still get fixed, affordable tuition for your program from the University that’s committed to career-relevant education.

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How skills-aligned learning works

What are skills-aligned programs?

When creating our skills-aligned programs, we started with in-demand skills, based on workplace statistics and insights, and built your learning around them, one assignment at a time. Now, you can earn career-relevant skills with every 5- to 6-week course. 

Did you know? Aligning our programs to skills is like creating a nutritional facts label for our degrees and programs — you’ll know exactly what you can gain from your coursework and how those skills relate to your career goals. 

Career-relevant data 

We collaborated with Lightcast, a labor market data company, to find in-demand skills for occupations related to our bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and we’ve aligned our programs to those skills. 

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Easy tracking  

Now it’s easy to track your progress as you complete your coursework, so you know exactly which career-relevant skills you’re gaining.

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Demonstrate skills 

Assessments for one or more skills are built into all skills-aligned courses. You’ll have the opportunity to demonstrate your new skills in class, on the job and maybe even in that next interview you’re considering. 

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How skills-aligned learning works

Find out which skills are covered

See which skills you'll work on in each course you take — and how they could help you pursue your education goals.

Earn skills course by course

Complete your assignments and see which skills they align to; earn the appropriate score – or higher – for your chosen degree level on assessments such as tests, presentations and projects to demonstrate you've gained a skill.

Track your progress

See which skills you've learned and demonstrated with your coursework — and which ones you may need to work on.

Show off your new skills

After you've gained a skill you'd like to use more at work, you can use your assessments to help show to an employer or prospective employer what you bring to the table.

Skills-aligned learning can help you succeed
Enrollment representative Sarah P.

Enrollment Rep. Sarah P.

Questions about skills-aligned programs?

Speak with an enrollment representative today.

Call us at 844-937-8679 or chat with us 7 days a week.

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Career Services for Life® Commitment

Skills-aligned learning is just one of the ways you can be sure you’re getting a quality, career-relevant education with us.

Every active student in our degree and certificate programs receives access to all our career services. And every graduate receives lifetime access which includes career coaching, resume reviews and other resources designed to help you get career ready.