Oklahoma State University + National Groundwater Association

See how OSU and NGWA partnered to solve a critical workforce shortage among groundwater drilling.  Forge valuable industry-education partnerships to upskill your workforce through tailored micro-credentials and other programs.

Tools to Upskill Your Workforce

Retrain and retain talent by integrating rapid, innovative micro-credential programs into your hiring and development strategies.

Micro-credentials Explained

Elevate your team’s skills with structured learning paths leading to digital badges and industry-recognized certifications.  Micro-credentials vary in scope and may range from non credit professional learning all the way up to 9 credit hours of college coursework, depending upon the program level.



Micro-credentials count as training and experience, offering your employees the opportunity to grow and learn through one of Oklahoma's quality institutions while addressing the needs of your organization.


Upskill your workforce - Develop talent / Advance skills

Program Levels for Every Employment Need

Level 1


Individually measured, unstructured learning

Other Activities

Level 2


Individually measured,
structured learning

Self-paced courses
Technical competency
Soft-skills training

Level 3


Measured and
validated learning

Learning activities
Summative assessments
Portfolio or project artifacts

Level 4


Industry recognized,
validated achievement

Industry-endorsed certifications
Professional licensure
Terminal credential

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and Oklahoma institutions offer granular, skill-based micro-credentials via digital badges.

Badges are earned by completing multiple levels of activities. Learn about the levels and framework below, or explore a sample badge.

Benefits for Employers

Reduce your hiring costs by quickly identifying talent
Verify the skillsets of potential employees, at a glance
Tap into a skilled hiring pool
Aid in talent retention through upskilling and reskilling your employees
Issued by a trusted higher education institution with assurance of quality

What’s a Digital Badge?

Digital badges help today’s professionals share the skills they have earned and employers to verify those documented achievements independently. See the image at right of a sample badge and the information it provides to you about its earner.

When an earner shares a digital badge with an employer, it helps you to:

Verify the Credential’s Authenticity and Issuer
View Credential Title and Description
Identify Candidate’s Relevant Skills
View Candidate’s Completed Work
Discover Additional Program Information
Screenshot - Sample Badge - Credly

View Our Employer Toolkit!

OSRHE provides a toolkit just for employers, which connects you with numerous resources including UpskillOK!

Contact Us

If you are interested in partnering with one of our colleges or universities on a micro-credential program, please send us a message by completing our Employer Interest Form. Other inquiries and questions may be forwarded to