NEXT: The Credentials Craze

Stack Those Credentials

Short-term, work-related certificates are soaring in popularity as students use them to land jobs or, eventually, earn degrees

Luke Sharrett for The Chronicle

Erin Chavez, shown with her daughter, Chyanne, is studying to become a registered nurse. But instead of entering a four-year program she’s breaking the academic path into smaller steps, earning job-related credentials along the way.
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Six years and several fast-food jobs after graduating from high school, Erin B. Chavez was a single mom seeking a better life for herself and her daughter. She liked taking care of people and thought she’d make a good nurse, but a four-year degree...

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