Does Your Work Experience Count Towards College Credits?

More than a third of all high-school graduates choose to enter the workforce after high school rather than attending college. For some, family and financial situations demand a full-time income; for others, simply being undecided on which degree or professional area of study to pursue can postpone enrollment indefinitely.

Upon entering the workforce, high school graduates usually start in entry-level positions. Many go on to achieve success in a variety of roles and settings. As they gain expertise and grow, even the most talented workers usually conclude that they can’t take their careers to the next level without a college degree.

Academic Credit for On-the-Job Experience

Anyone who has worked their way up the ranks can tell you that it takes determination, perseverance, and an open mind for learning new skills. Why should these hard-earned skills be any less valued than those acquired through traditional education? If you have significant work experience and want to go back to school to earn a college degree, you probably don’t have to start from scratch like students right out of high school. CCE at Assumption College believes that your skills and experience should be evaluated for potential college credit.

The Credit for Prior Learning Program

The Credit for Prior Learning Program allows a student to receive up to 30 semester hours of credit for learning gained outside of traditional institutions. This means that you can get college credit for the knowledge you attained from the tasks or training you received related to your job or career. The program is open to every Continuing and Career Education student enrolled in a degree program who has completed at least 12 credit hours at Assumption College.

An advisor from the Continuing Education office will meet with you to discuss your potential credits for past work experience. You simply have to complete an application and schedule a meeting with your academic advisor. The meeting will be to discuss how you feel you can demonstrate that you possess the knowledge and experience you wish to receive credit for. Once it is determined that a student’s prior training or work background could be equivalent to a course, a student would then be assigned an instructor within that area of expertise to work with on their course portfolio.

Your Experience is Valuable

If you’ve been hesitating to enroll in a degree program because you think it will take forever or be too expensive, the Credit for Prior Learning Program might be just the inspiration you need. You have the potential to avoid classes in subjects in which you already have competence while also saving thousands in tuition dollars!

What Are You Waiting For?

Don’t let another year pass by with your goals on the back burner.  Learn more about the guidelines for evaluating Prior Learning by contacting the Continuing Education office today


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