The Prior Learning Assessment program at West Kentucky Community & Technical College is designed to award credit for college-level learning derived from experiences outside the classroom.
There are a number of methods for granting college credit for experiential learning, including:
Not all courses offer a competency exam. Is there another way for a student to show that he or she has mastered the content of a college course through on-the-job training, apprenticeships, etc? Yes! A Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Portfolio offers an opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge gained through life-experiences and equate that knowledge with the learning outcomes of a specific college course, thereby earning credit for the course without actually having to take that course. This can save the student both time and money!
Following standards established by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), WKCTC uses the portfolio method for evaluating college-level learning experiences. Prior learning credit will be awarded only if it can be equated with the learning outcomes/objectives described in our catalog or in the course syllabi. Portfolios are evaluated by an appropriate faculty member.
Learning acquired through the following kinds of activities might qualify:
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