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Greenwood Village, CO – In early 2016, Colorado State University Global (CSU Global) joined hundreds of local students, government officials, community leaders, and education providers at the national launch of Skillful held at the Emily Griffith Technical College in Denver, Colorado. Skillful, a new career platform, creates collaboration between educational providers, job seekers, and companies. The platform’s purpose is to aggregate resources, and broaden the employment discussion to focus on skill development. As part of the pilot program, CSU Global joined forces with founding partners LinkedIn and the Markle Foundation on this groundbreaking initiative.

“Our Skillful and LinkedIn partnership fits with CSU Global’s mission to ensure student success in a global marketplace through education,” said Dr. Becky Takeda-Tinker, CSU Global president. “Our coursework provides industry-identified knowledge, skills, and abilities. These recognitions also help our students identify and share what they have acquired at CSU Global on their resumes, LinkedIn profiles, and in their discussions with current employers.”

The most innovative aspect of this partnership is the LinkedIn training finder, which creates a direct link between jobs, skills, and employers. This tool allows job seekers to view current openings, skills required, and educational programs for the required skills.

Included in the LinkedIn training finder are CSU Global’s Certificate of Completion programs. These graduate and undergraduate level programs, typically consisting of five courses, permit a student to develop specific subject matter expertise in short-term, skill-focused programs. The university currently offers over forty certificates in marketplace-driven areas specifically designed to provide students with skill-focused career development opportunities outside of a full degree.

As a state university designed for working adults, CSU Global has long been focused on the importance of industry-identified knowledge, skills, and abilities in its academic programs. The university launched a degree optimization program last fall to provide recognition of learned subject matter, through printable certificates for Awards of Completion and Endorsements, while students pursue bachelors or master’s degrees.

In addition to its faculty and content experts, CSU Global works with employer affiliates to regularly assess its programs. The university utilizes programmatic advisory boards comprised of industry experts and hiring managers to obtain industry insight from the field, and uses this feedback to refine and assess courses biannually. Importantly, these boards identify key skills that industries require. These skills have been identified and integrated into the LinkedIn training finder, allowing job seekers to view CSU Global programs and specific outcomes.

“Skillful is an exciting step in providing further connectivity between industry and education,” continued Takeda-Tinker. “We are pleased to highlight our direct partnership and we hope that the Skillful tool will provide students nationwide with an ongoing and useful asset toward their academic and professional success.”

About Colorado State University Global

Colorado State University Global (CSU Global) offers career relevant bachelor’s and master’s degree programs for working adults and nontraditional learners. As the first and only 100% online, fully accredited public university in the United States, CSU Global is focused on student success as its number one priority. Embracing the land grant heritage as part of the Colorado State University System, CSU Global sets the standard for quality and innovation in higher education through its expert faculty who are recognized as industry leaders and trained in working with adults in an online learning environment. CSU Global offers a streamlined enrollment process with accelerated eight week courses that start every four weeks. Visit or call 1-800-462-7845 for more information.


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