Florida College Access Network released a report today that says for the first time, Florida awarded more post secondary certificates than bachelor's degrees last school year.
A post secondary certificate is the credential from non-credit programs offered at below the bachelors level.
And we might be undermining their potential.
That's according to the new report released by the Florida College Access Network or CAN.
CAN senior researcher Troy Miller says that even though certificates have been considered inferior to other post secondary credentials like a degree, certificates have something to offer.
"Certificates play a really important role in higher education specifically because of the skills that people can get and help them either get a job that'll get more pay or help them get into a higher level of education," Miller says.
Most certificates are awarded by private, for-profit institutions.