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Are Competency-Based Education (CBE) and KnowledgeToWork.com the right choice for me?

Are Competency-Based Education (CBE) and KnowledgeToWork.com the right choice for me? KnowledgeToWork.com
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
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Using competency-based education (CBE) and the tools available on KnowledgeToWork.com is a great way to advance your knowledge for free or for very little cost. Alternatively, you could be sitting in a college classroom for weeks to get credit for a class in which you already know most of the material, and for many already in the workforce, taking time to sit in a classroom through a full degree program is not even an option due to the time and financial expense required.

Consider… What’s your work experience and motivation for learning with CBE?

Maybe the better question is, "What do you ultimately want to accomplish?"

Your answer could be to:

  • Learn how to find a better job or if you're currently unemployed, simply find a job
  • Get a promotion or get a raise
  • How do I change careers
  • Learn more about computers
  • Get a cyber security job
  • Learn more about medical coding or learn medical billing

Whatever your specific goal is, you are either already working in the field you are interested in or are exploring a new career. Let's look at both scenarios.

Using CBE to build upon your skillset

If you already have a job with a certain level of knowledge (competencies) in that job, and are interested in extending your skillset, then CBE can help you build upon those skills. CBE can also help you obtain the additional skills you need to get a CBE certificate or degree. Schools such as Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) award credits for prior knowledge toward CBE certificates and degrees. This could save you thousands of dollars! You can learn more about LFCC and what it offers here. KnowledgeToWork.com is a great place to build upon your existing skillset, bridging the gap of knowledge to reach your learning goals.

Using CBE to start a new career

Embarking on a new journey, such as changing careers, can be daunting – we get it. KnowledgeToWork.com was built with tools to make it easier for you along the way. Traditionally, you would enroll with your local community college, trade school, or university and take a full two- or four-year program to obtain the knowledge you need to get a certificate, degree, or other type of credential in order to enter that career field. Not anymore.

The very nature of CBE focuses on individual competencies and obtaining the skills to master each of them. Using KnowledgeToWork.com tools allows you to review the competencies aligned with the certificate or degree you are interested in pursuing, as well as free and low-cost learning resources associated with those competencies, so that you can learn as many competencies as possible on your own before enrolling in a higher education institution.

When you're ready to take what you've learned through Knowledge to Work to a school for a CBE certificate or degree, check out Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) along and its CBE programs. LFCC awards credits for prior knowledge towards CBE certificates and degrees. This could save you thousands of dollars! You can learn more about LFCC and what it offers here.

Regardless of your motivation to learn

Knowledge to Work and competency-based education (CBE) can help you build a new career or build upon your existing skillset to make yourself more marketable to employers. We strongly encourage you to create a free KnowledgeToWork.com account.

By signing up for a free Knowledge to Work account as a learner, you can:

  • Explore career pathways to discover the career that’s right for you
  • Review competency frameworks related to your chosen career field to see exactly the skills you will need to obtain the job you want
  • Create your own personalized learning plan aligned with your educational and professional goals
  • Learn the competencies you need to get a better job, using free and low-cost learning resources
  • Monitor your progress toward achieving your goals on your learning dashboard
  • Save your favorite learning resources
  • Save your searches and review your complete search history
  • Plus much more for free!

Create your account now, then share Knowledge to Work on Facebook and Twitter.

Using competency-based education (CBE) and the tools available on KnowledgeToWork.com is a great way to advance your knowledge for free or for very little cost.


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