Managing Director,
Jennifer Dirmeyer, PhD

WTEA was founded on the belief that education should be a pathway to meaningful work for everyone.

A healthy education infrastructure requires a close link between education and employers. Our modern, varied workforce landscape and diverse talent population require educational opportunities in equally varied and diverse forms. WTEA saw the need for a quality assurance process that respects those differences while ensuring excellence in career preparation.

The WTEA evaluates excellence in career-building education with a focus on rigorous assessment of workforce outcomes and skill development rather than regulating the mode of instruction or curriculum, freeing institutions to find what works best for their learners and employer partners. Our Workforce Success Standards and Career Impact Audits are quality assurance metrics for programs that pursue excellence in preparing learners for meaningful work.

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We believe that beneficial educational investments are based on well informed choices. We are committed to the transparency of information and data as it relates to the expectations, academic requirements, and outcomes reporting. 


The role of the educator is to maximize learner success and skill acquisition to a meaningful outcome. We commit to assessing learner skill development and mastery, instructor effectiveness, and support-program design to ensure we maximize learner success.


Effective career-building education is a partnership between educators and employers. We commit to build and maintain our curriculum prioritizing feedback and input from employers with the direct objective of preparing our students for the workforce through skill-building academic experiences.


We measure our success as career-building educators by tracking the career preparation, progress, and satisfaction of our learners and employer partners. We commit to consistently acquiring data from our learners, alumni, and employers to ensure our educational experiences lead to workplace success.


We believe that creating and promoting access to our programs will directly contribute to the diversity of ideas and thoughts in an academic community, and will lead to a stronger, more engaged, and more reflective talent pool for employers. We commit to seek additional pathways to engage a diverse set of students and to maximize their preparation for workplace success.


Lauren Bauml
Marketing and Strategic Communications

Haven Chane
Quality Assurance Assistant

Ryan Ivers, EdD
Academic Solutions Specialist

Board of Directors

Yuanxia Ding,

Dr. Kasey Thompson,
Ferris State University

Erin Valdez,
Texas Public Policy

Ken Ruggiero,
Ascent Funding

Jennifer Dirmeyer,

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WTEA association members and accreditation partners are creating a dynamic education ecosystem with career pathways and education models as varied as our diverse learner population.

We are educators, employers, nonprofits, and community leaders, working together to create a system where all learners have access to career-building education and training opportunities that work for them.

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