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A Bold Vision For The Future

Competency-Based Website Offering Personalized Learning Plans

We believe education should be affordable, accessible to all, and should encourage individuals to grow and live up to their greatest potential. Our goal is to make this possible. HigherEd.org is a new, interactive, educational search engine and portal designed to help you get the competencies you need to increase your employability and be successful. The portal currently provides resources in three pathways: Health Information Management (HIM), Information Technology (IT) and Administrative Support Technology (AST). In addition, resources about career readiness and job searching skills are provided. Each pathway and program area offers hundreds of free and low-cost digital learning resources to help you acquire new competencies.

Registered users can take advantage of the following advanced features of HigherEd.org for free!
  • Create a personalized learning plan to track your learning
  • Set a custom goal and/or choose a credential to explore learning resources tied to competencies
  • Search resources useful for learning competencies and achieving your custom goal or credential
  • Save your searches and review your complete search history
  • Save favorite resources
  • And so much more
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A Bold Vision For The Future

Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) shares a big and bold vision for the future of higher education with its direct assessment, competency-based education (CBE) model. On October 1, 2014, LFCC was awarded a $3.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor under round four of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program. TAACCCT specifically encourages community colleges to develop CBE programs, to use free and low-cost digital resources wherever possible, and to provide wrap-around student support services that include contextualized remediation and adult basic education, when needed.

A portion of this grant is dedicated to the creation of this HigherEd.org portal. Other grant resources are being used with an initiative called "Knowledge to Work," which offers accredited, associate degree and certificate programs in information technology, health information management, and administrative support technology. Information about these LFCC direct assessment CBE programs is available at https://knowledgetowork.com. Many of the same features offered in LFCC's Knowledge to Work programs, including personalized learning plans tied to competencies and using open educational resources, are available for free at HigherEd.org.
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