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Prior Learning Assessment Program      



Prior Learning Assessment
College Credit for Your Life Experience...




WHAT IS PLA?





Prior learning assessment (PLA) is a term used to describe learning gained outside a traditional academic environment. Put another way, it is learning and knowledge students acquire while living their lives, such as by working, participating in employer training programs, serving in the military, studying independently, volunteering or doing community service, and studying open source courseware. In short, PLA is the evaluation and assessment of an individual's life learning for college credit, certification, or advanced standing toward further education or training. PLA is not confined to portfolio assessment, which is simply one type of PLA (as are CLEP tests, ACE evaluations, challenge exams, etc.)






WHY PLA?





Lane College values the diversity of our students. This diversity includes the unique experiences, interests, and intellectual pursuits that lead to the acquisition of knowledge that may be at the college level. College-level learning is the same, whether acquired in the traditional college classroom or through non-collegiate sources. This equivalency is validated by academically sound and rigorous prior learning assessment methods. Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credits awarded by Lane College are equivalent to the same credits awarded for traditional classroom-based college-level learning




IS PLA FOR ME?





What experiences may qualify for Prior Learning Assessment at Lane College?

  • Professional Work Experiences
  • Military
  • Training Classes
  • Professional Skills Workshops and Seminars
  • Volunteerism
  • Qualifying Life Experiences

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