Credit by Portfolio Assessment

Not all college-level learning takes place in the classroom.

You still need a degree but you already have college level learning acquired from experiences at work, volunteering in the community, military service, job training, independent reading, open source course-ware study and hobbies.

Some people express themselves better in written form (via papers and essays), than they do on multiple-choice tests. If this sounds like you, consider earning the credits you deserve by putting together a written academic portfolio.

Earn FREE college credits for your CCBC Continuing Education Workforce Training

Use the knowledge gained in these courses to earn college credits! This can be achieved through portfolio assessment options developed by CCBC Subject Matter Faculty Experts. The portfolio options indicated with an asterisk (*) below are seamlessly integrated from Continuing Education Workforce into related Credit programs, allowing you to build upon your credentials. 

CCBC is also now able to waive the portfolio assessment fees for current students or alumni of CCBC's Continuing Education Workforce who are planning to continue onto related CCBC Credit programs. Start the process by emailing PriorLearning@ccbcmd.edu.

What's required for you to complete a Portfolio Assessment?

  • Adequate college level writing skills.
  • Time for developing the portfolio.
  • Commitment to the portfolio process.
  • Pay the assessment fees (currently 50% of the current in-county tuition rate).


Steps to Earn College Credits for your CCBC Continuing Education Workforce Training

Step 1: Learning about the Prior Learning Assessment process. Most likely students will learn about this program within their Continuing Education courses, but students may also learn about it through advising, from a friend, or by advertisements.

Step 2: Students must let their Continuing Education teacher, coordinator, or the Prior Learning Assessment Office know that they want to take advantage of the program. This will initiate the process. 

Step 3: Students will set up a time to discuss the portfolio process and timeline within their Continuing Education class, or in a designated faculty member's office. Students will need a 70% or greater on their portfolio to prove knowledge of the content/objectives and pass the assessment.

Step 4: The CCBC faculty member will grade the student’s assessment. If the student passes, the faculty member will submit all paperwork to the Registrar. Students will then see credits awarded on their transcript within 2-7 weeks. 

If the student did not pass, he or she will receive an email or phone call to make an appointment to discuss the assessment to determine which credit course they should take.

Step 5: Students begin a credit program at CCBC with college credits already completed!

NOTE: 
1. Students who do not pass the assessment are not penalized.
2. Students can only attempt the assessment once. If they fail and want to continue, they must take the Credit course.
3. If students opt to take the credit classes instead, they are generally 4 months long and 3-4 credits in cost + fees.

Portfolio Assessments @ CCBC

Portfolio Assessment Credits Awarded
ARTD 116 Digital Imaging I
3
CADD 101 Introduction to CADD
3
CMNS/THTR 133: Voice and Diction
3
CONT 101 Construction Blueprint Reading
3
CONT 106 Construction Materials and Methods
3
CONT 116 Practices of Residential Construction
3
CONT 255 Construction Procurement and Contracting  3
CRJU 120* Criminal Law 3
CRJU 122* Criminal Justice and the Constitution 3
CRJU 153* Private Investigation 3
CRJU 273* Criminal Justice Internship 3
DCOM 141 Introduction to PC Operation & Repair
4
DCOM 258 Introduction to Information Security
3
GLBL 171-173 Global Experiences (Co-Op) 1-3 
INTR 241 Practicum
3
LGST 273 Internship — Legal Studies
3
SSCI 112 Engagement in Communities 3
POLS 273 Internship — Political Science
3
SPCM 191-194 Special Topics Communication
1-6
SURV 101 Surveying Instruments
3
THTR/CMNS 133: Voice and Diction 3

This information is subject to change.