Earn college credit for what you already know; prior learning assessment is new option at Glen Oaks

Beginning this semester, Glen Oaks Community College is offering students a new way to earn college credit based on their past work experience and learning gained outside of a traditional learning environment. The college has adopted a course “Learning Counts” from the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL).

“The four-week, online course is geared to non-traditional students who have been in the workplace,” said Dr. Patricia Morgenstern, dean of academics and extended learning at Glen Oaks. “It guides students through the process of identifying, documenting and verifying their prior learning achieved through professional training, military services and self-initiated experiences such as volunteer work and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Students develop a portfolio to document and demonstrate their knowledge.”

Two classes are scheduled — the first begins on Monday, Feb. 8, and the second on Monday, Mar. 28.

“This is a rigorous evaluation process for the student that’s not to be taken lightly,” said Morgenstern. “The students earn credit hours through validation of their prior learning against learning outcomes for the course. The program saves students both time and money.”

Current or prospective students interested in learning more about this portfolio credit option should contact Lyle Raven, director of advising, at (269) 294-4242.

Glen Oaks Community College is a quality provider of education programs serving the needs of residents and businesses of St. Joseph County and beyond. The College, established in 1965, sits on 300 acres of land in rural Centreville, Mich. GOCC offers 18 associate degree programs and 19 certificate programs. The student-to-faculty ratio of 16:1 affords students personal attention and provides opportunities to accomplish their goals and grow and succeed in a supportive, ethical and academic environment.