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Credential Stacking Explained

Lute Atieh
By Lute Atieh - Jul 14, 2017 1:02:35 PM
  • How to become more attractive to potential employers and put yourself in a better position for that raise or promotion...even before you get your degree

Sounds pretty amazing, right?

"Credential Stacking" can help make all of this possible...

But before I explain what this is exactly, did you know over 30 million Americans have taken college-level classes but don't have a degree to show for it?

If you think about it, it's easy to imagine why.

A lot can happen in life in 2 to 4 year's time!

Whether it be having a baby, the passing of a loved one, an unexpected relocation, the untimely loss of a job, unplanned medical expenses... the scenarios are near endless.

And as a result, well-intentioned student journeys toward their degree are often put on hold -- sometimes indefinitely...

… Can you relate?

If so, I have good news for you.

Even in the midst of life's circumstances, there is still a way to keep moving forward with what I call "credential stacking."

(Watch this video where I explain "Credential Stacking" and then come back to keep reading below...)

What'd you think?

I shot this video for a potential student awhile back to help them understand how credential stacking works and why it is so beneficial.

But I've since come up with an analogy that explains it even better. (Or at least I think it does...)

"Credential stacking" is kind of like checkpoints or leveling up in a video game.

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You make it to a certain spot in the level and you're able to save your progress and keep everything you've earned up to that point and apply it to the next level.

And if you need to take a break for whatever reason you can always come back to it later and pick right up where you left off.

Many students across the nation at other schools try to do just this, but only come out with a hodge podge of credits to show for it. They're deeply disappointed when they try to resume their studies elsewhere only to discover their credits won't transfer like they thought they would.

Credential stacking at ABTU fixes this problem by allowing students to enjoy the convenience of breaking down a degree program into more manageable bite-size pieces, and at the same time earning job market-friendly credentials along the way, without having to start over should life get in the way.

To put it another way, the research team at Learning House states:

"The benefit to this approach is that it creates shorter milestones of progress for the student to work toward rather than a finish line that could be years away.

Equally, if students need to or wish to take time off away from their studies, they could attempt to plan that around one of these milestones and leave with a certificate or other credential in hand rather than an accumulation of credits and no degree."

Learning House pretty much sums it up better than I could with my video game analogy, but between the two, I think you get the idea.

In addition to picking right up where you left off, credential stacking is also a great way for you to remain flexible to a career change should that need arise and allows you to adjust to job market demands while still in school.

But, in my opinion, probably one of the more beneficial parts about stackable credentials is they are easier to transfer out to another school instead of an assortment of earned credits.

All of this is specifically designed to better your chances at finishing your degree and positioning you well for a new career or advancement in your current occupation.

Hopefully you can see the advantages and flexibility this approach can give you as a potential student.

While not very many schools offer this streamlined path to a degree, we have been for years and have seen many students succeed as a result.

We'd love to help you do the same.

If you'd like to discuss your options or have any questions about credential stacking or anything else, get in touch and we can chat.

What about you?

Does "Credential Stacking" sound like the right fit for your lifestyle?  If so, 100% online classes at ABTU may just be the solution you've been looking for.

Want to give it a try?

Try your first course at ABTU -- before even enrolling -- using our "Quick Start " Test Drive. If for whatever reason you decide it's not for you, no problem...your first course is on us! Find out more by requesting info here.


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