Prior Learning Assessment

Credit for Prior Learning Assessment


         Information Session

You can earn college credit for what you have learned through your work and life experiences.

Attend an information session to learn how.

Click here for session dates and to register.

Who is eligible for a Prior Learning Assessment?  Anyone who is enrolled as an LCCC student is eligible to earn college credits.  The key component of any prior learning experience is not the experience itself but the LEARNING that has been achieved. Some students come to college having experience in a field or knowledge from independent study. Work, community service, and service in the military are typical areas where knowledge gained may be assessed for college credit. PLA allows students to accelerate their degree and avoid the repetition of coursework for material they have already mastered. You may be eligible for credit for the demonstrated mastery of skills or competencies though work experience.  When can you apply?  NOW!

Click here to complete the PLA Interest Form and begin the assessment process. 

A student who can show that they have proficiency in a subject area by demonstrating that they have the knowledge and ability may be able to earn credit for a specific class at LCCC without enrolling in it.  You may be eligible to earn up to 20 credit hours for a one-year certificate and 30 hours for two-year degree via prior learning.**

**Please be aware that prior learning credit awarded at Lorain County Community College may not be applicable to certificates or degrees at other colleges or universities.  A student who intends to transfer to another college or university should consult with a transfer advisor at that institution concerning the transferability of LCCC prior learning credit.

Credit for Military Service and Training

Military Experience and Training – You may be able to reduce the amount of time it takes to complete     a     certificate or degree by using the learning you received while in the military to earn college credit!! To be considered for credit, please order a copy of your Military Joint Services Transcript by going to https://jst.doded.mil/smart/signin.do or Air Force/CCAF transcript at www.au.af.mil/au/ccaf/transcripts.asp and provide a copy of your DD214 to the Registration and Records office.  You will need to complete the “Transcript Evaluation Request Form” and specify what documents you would like evaluated for military and previous college transcripts.

Click here to learn more about our Veteran's Services Department.

Exams

You may be able to earn college credit by participating in CLEP, Divisional Proficiency or Professional Exams.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP) - LCCC awards credit for appropriate scores on the nationally-recognized CLEP exams. To receive credit for CLEP, submit your scores to the Registration and Records Office.  There is no charge to post this credit. The College Board provides study and review resources for CLEP exams on their website at: http://clep.collegeboard.org/study-resources.   Test takers are encouraged to visit this site to review the Study Tips, Test Samples, Study Resources and Exam Day Info links. 

Divisional Proficiency Exams (Test out) – Some LCCC courses are available for credit by way of an internal proficiency or “test out” procedure.  Proficiency exams are designated as credit by exam on the transcript credit. There is no refund for failed exams.  

Professional Exams -  If you have mastered a skill or competency through the completion of nationally recognized professional exams, you may be eligible for credit related to your LCCC degree or certificate requirements. Students may be eligible to receive credit for an LCCC course or group of courses related to the skills or competencies tested on the exam. Credit awards are based on the American Council of Education recommendations. 

Portfolio Evaluation

The development and evaluation of a PLA Portfolio is a means of converting knowledge or expertise into college credits.   Credits may be awarded if LEARNING corresponds directly to a course currently offered at LCCC.  The required documentation varies from course to course(s) but may include samples of your work, an essay explaining your experience and knowledge or certificates showing successful completion of workshops or seminars.  When you pursue PLA Portfolio credit, LCCC will help guide you through the process.  Faculty and staff members will assist you with determining which courses best fit your skills and help you develop your portfolio.  Once completed the portfolio will be reviewed to determine what credit(s) have been granted. 


Please click here to access additional Portfolio information       

High School-Opportunities to earn credit while still in high school!

Advanced Placement (AP) – LCCC awards credit for appropriate scores on nationally-recognized Advanced Placement (AP) exams. To receive credit for AP, submit your scores to the Registration and Records office for evaluation.  There is no charge for the posting of Advanced Placement Credit.

PSEO B – The Post-Secondary Enrollment Option Program offers a unique opportunity for students to enhance and further their educational and career objectives while still in high school.  PSEOP students can earn college and high school credit concurrently, accelerating their college careers at no cost.  Credits are easily transferable to public and private universities nationwide.

Tech Prep Agreements - College Tech Prep is a program of study that begins in a student's junior year of high school or Career Center, and continues at Lorain County Community College.  College Tech Prep allows students to earn credits toward their college degree while they're attending high school.

Additional Resources

Career ReStart (Adult Learner programs-for our 25 yrs. old plus population)
Find out more information on Internships and co-ops as well as job search assistance available to you!

 
Click here to complete the PLA Interest Form and begin the assessment process.



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Earn College Credit For Work and Life Experience

Attend an information session for Prior Learning Assessment and find out about the methods used to help you earn college credit for what you have learned through work and life experiences.
 
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