About GWP

About GWP/Capital CoLAB

The Greater Washington Partnership is a civic alliance of the region’s leading employers who are committed to fostering unity and making the Capital Region—from Baltimore to Richmond—the most inclusive economy in the nation. The goal of GWP is to Advance Inclusive Growth Across the Capital Region, from Baltimore to Richmond.

In 2018 the Partnership launched the Collaborative of Leaders in Academia and Business—Capital CoLAB (CoLAB)–to drive solutions that prepared more learners for in-demand, digital tech roles in the region. CoLAB’s vision is to make the Capital Region the most diverse digital tech workforce in the country, which is done by partnering with employers and educators to build digital tech pathways that prioritize equitable access to industry-aligned skills.  As a Capital CoLab university partner, UMBC is able to issue digital micro-credentials to students who have demonstrated the knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with those technical skills in demand across our region.

By being a member of PRAC112: Digital Tech Credential Badge students will have:

  • Access to a student portal with internships from CoLAB employers
  • Invitations to participate in annual internship fairs with CoLAB employers
  • Opportunities to engage in professional development webinars and other ad-hoc networking opportunities
  • Connection to a network of CoLAB students from our CoLAB academic institutions
  • Recognition as earning a Digital Tech Badge to display on your LinkedIn or resume upon completion of the required micro modules along with a notation on your official UMBC transcript

The Capital CoLAB Digital Tech Credential is a free and unique credential that indicates students have in-demand digital literacy skills. The Digital Tech Credential allows the region’s leading businesses and academic leaders to collaborate in scaling a coordinated response to pressing workforce needs. This program is being implemented by universities throughout the Capital Region and is recognized by regional business as a differentiator in hiring talent.

The Digital Generalist Credential is designed for non-STEM majors and is available to any UMBC student to complete and demonstrate basic digital technology skills. To learn more, visit the Digital Tech Generalist Credential requirements web page.