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ABILITIES – the proficiency, skills, or talent within a particular area.

CAREER PATHWAY – a career pathway means a combination of relevant, rigorous and high-quality education, training, and supportive services that aligns both vertically and horizontally across Secondary Education, Adult Basic Education, Workforce Training and Development, Career and Technical Education, and Post secondary Education systems, pathways, and programs.

CERTIFICATION – third party accrediting or authorizing agency or person who assess, verifies, and provides an official documentation that attests a level of achievement.

COMPETENCIES – an individual’s ability to do a job properly through a set of behaviors.

INDUSTRY-ALIGNED CREDENTIAL – credentials whose standards are aligned to industry-recognized standards.

INDUSTRY-ENDORSED CREDENTIAL – credentials whose standards are aligned to and endorsed by industry.

INDUSTRY-RECOGNIZED CREDENTIAL – an industry-recognized credential is one that either is developed and offered by, or endorsed by a nationally-recognized industry association or organization representing a sizeable portion of the industry sector, or a credential that is sought or accepted by companies within the industry sector for purposes of hiring or recruitment which may include credentials from vendors of certain products.1

KNOWLEDGE – the skills and information acquired through education or experience.

MEDIAN HOURLY EARNINGS – hourly earnings for the occupation reported at the 50th percentile.

REQUESTED EDUCATION – the highest level of education for workers within the given occupational category. Please note these are not the level of education of new incoming workers but of workers currently employed within these positions.

SKILLS – the ability or expertise to do something well.

– estimated number of jobs in the given year, taken as average over a period of 12-months. This value includes both full- and part-time jobs.