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Prior Learning Assessment offers students quicker path to degree

Pulaski Tech adopted a Prior Learning Assessment policy, effective this fall, which will offer students a way to earn college credit for knowledge they have gained through work experience outside the traditional classroom.

Students can earn up to 30 credit hours from non-traditional learning experiences. These credits may be earned one of two ways: credit by examination or portfolio assessment.

Credit by examination includes nationally recognized assessments such as College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) and Advanced Placement (AP), which PTC has long offered as avenues of credit. Military credit evaluation and credit earned through affiliations with other institutions and agencies will continue to be provided at no charge. Students would pay a $25 fee assessment for assessment of documents for credit, and if awarded, the student would pay 25 percent of the tuition rate.

The other way to assess prior learning is through portfolio assessment. Students would provide a portfolio with a narrative and documentation or demonstration of learning that occurred through prior experiences. A faculty expert in the field will review the portfolio and determine if the student meets all of a course's objectives to award credit.

To assist students with the creation of their portfolio, PTC devised a one-credit hour Portfolio Development course that students can take online. PTC also plans to offer this course as a free workshop through the Business and Industry Center, periodically. The assessment of the portfolio costs $25 for submission, plus $75 per course requested. If awarded, the student then pays 25% of the current tuition rate.

Interested students can make an appointment to discuss specific opportunities and find information by clicking here.

For more information, contact Ben Peacock at bpeacock@pulaskitech.edu.

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