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Credit For Prior Experiential Learning Credit
Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

Credit for Prior Experiential Learning allows students to receive credit for courses in which the student demonstrates knowledge and expertise that meets the outcomes of each course. Credit for prior experiences must be shown, through various means of assessment, to be equivalent to learning gained through formal collegiate instruction. Prior experiences include industry certifications, work experiences, and military credit using the ACE Guide for the evaluation of educational experiences in the Armed Services. Credit for prior experiential learning will be granted to students who have completed the admissions process. Credits granted will be based upon procedures developed and published by the program faculty and approved by the Instruction Council, in accordance with institutional policy. Credit for Prior Experiential Learning cannot duplicate credit granted by transfer or previously graded coursework, and may not exceed twenty-five percent (25%) of the total credits required for the degree or certificate.

Prior learning credit is available only for certain program courses. Approved programs include, but are not limited to, Automotive, BCIS, Civil Engineering, Computer Networking, Construction Management, Culinary, Diesel, Electrician, EMTEC, HIV/AIDS for Healthcare Workers, Instrumentation, Pastry, Precision Machining, and Welding. Students in an approved program will submit a Credit by Examination/ Evaluation form to the instructor to determine and indicate which program courses and how many credits will be granted for credit for experiential learning. Once assessed and after receiving a signed approval, the student takes the copy of the form and pays the cashier the $70.00 per credit fee by the third week of the quarter. Upon successful completion of the assessment, which should include theory and practicum (if applicable), the instructor will submit the graded copy of the Credit by Examination/Evaluation form to Registration to post a CR grade to the student’s transcript for each course.

Prior experiential learning credit will not be awarded in lieu of general education courses, including but not limited to AMATH 100, AMATH 111, MATH &107, MATH &141, MATH &146, PSYC &100, CMST &210, ENGL &101, AENGL 100, and other academic support courses. Questions regarding the Prior Learning Assessment procedure should be directed to the Director of Registration and Enrollment.