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Prior Learning Assessment
Credit for Military, Work and Other Non–College Training
Individuals who have submitted an application for admission to the College as a degree–seeking student may request an evaluation of valuable non–college training and certifications. Options for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) include:
Credit for Military Training
Individuals who have submitted an application for admission to the College as a degree–seeking student may request an evaluation of military training and experience by submitting to a campus enrollment services office the appropriate American Council on Education (ACE) Registry Transcript (SMART for U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, and AARTS for U.S. Army) and/or an institutional transcript from a military institution (CCAF – Community College of the Air Force, ARNGI – Army National Guard Institute, USCGI – United States Coast Guard Institute, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy). Electronic transcript requests can be made by visiting our Credit from Military Experience Web page, and clicking on the link appropriate to the students’ branch of service. Students receiving veterans educational benefits must have their military training evaluated to continue receiving benefits. For more information contact the Military Education Institute.
Credit for Work, Certifications or Formal Training
Non–college training includes training that is provided by organizations other than a college or university, including industry–sponsored training and industry–recognized certifications. Credit for such educational experiences may be granted in accordance with the recommendations of the American Council on Education (ACE) or the National College Credit Recommendation Service (National CCRS) when applicable to the student’s program of study. Information on the documentation required to apply for these credits can be obtained from the enrollment services offices or online at the American Council on Education or the National CCRS websites.
Credit for Other Prior Learning
Individuals who have submitted an application for admission to the College as a degree–seeking student may obtain college credit for theory and knowledge acquired through life/work experiences that are equivalent to college level course work. The optimal way to accomplish this is through standardized examination and testing.
If an examination does not exist or if an alternative method is preferred, students may consider submitting a portfolio that documents their prior learning. Students seeking credit using portfolio development must contact their advisor and gain approval from the Accelerated College Program office before registering for the Portfolio Development for Prior Learning course (SLS 1371 or CWO 0404). Once enrolled, the student will learn how to complete a portfolio documenting prior learning as it relates to a specific course in the selected program of study. The student may then submit portfolios for faculty evaluation and recommendation to award college credit. Completing the portfolio development course and submitting a portfolio for evaluation does not guarantee approval for college credit. Evaluation fees are set by the District Board of Trustees.