Managing Director,
Chief Accreditation Officer
Jennifer Dirmeyer, PhD

Managing Director,
Chief Operating Officer
Joseph Kozusko, 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 certifies 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 Accreditation and Career Impact Audits are quality assurance metrics for programs that pursue excellence in preparing learners for meaningful work.

Join us in our mission to support employers, career-building learners, and educators to work together to a more prosperous future!
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All WTEA member institutions and programs commit to the guiding principles that define career-building education.

Transparency

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

Learners

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

Employers

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

Outcomes

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

Access

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.
Are you a Career-Building educator? Learn more about WTEA membership

Board of Directors

Tyler Parramore,
Idera

Dr. Kasey Thompson,
Ferris State University

Erin Valdez,
Texas Public Policy
Foundation

Ken Ruggiero,
Ascent Funding

Jennifer Dirmeyer,
WTEA

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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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