Earn credit for what you know

Dec 19, 2016

Do you want to enroll in college but you don’t think you have the time?

You actually may be closer than you think. With CCBC’s Prior Learning Assessment, you can earn college credit for what you already know.

Prior Learning Assessment evaluates what you’ve learned outside the classroom and determines if that experience can be converted into college credit. Students can earn 75 percent of the credits required for a program of study through Prior Learning Assessment; however, 25 percent of the credits must be earned directly through CCBC coursework.

Nicole Zairi, CCBC Coordinator of Articulation, Transfer and Prior Learning Assessment, says Prior Learning Assessment can benefit students from any range of life experiences, varying from those directly out of high school to those with a long work history.

“Students who took Advanced Placement courses while in high school have successfully passed the required exams needed to earn college credits,” said Zairi. “We also have working students who have converted their industry certifications, licenses or apprenticeships into college credits as well.”

The process for earning credits for prior learning is no walk in the park. Students have to prove that their experiences are creditworthy by passing exams, submitting a portfolio, and/or providing industry credentials. Some of the credits earned are free, while others can be earned at half the regular cost of tuition.

“It’s really a wonderful way to earn your college degree,” observed Zairi. “When you have so many transferable life experiences, why not get credit for them? You save time, money and can quickly jump start a new career.”

To find out more about how you could earn college credits for what you already know, email PLA@ccbcmd.edu.