After serving 20 years in the U.S. Navy as a biomedical equipment technician, Ken Gray decided it was time to earn a college degree. Based on the knowledge he gained in the military, YCCC awarded him 15 prior learning credits toward his IT degree. This meant he was able to earn his associate degree in just 18 months and is planning to transfer to USM for a bachelor’s degree in information technology.
Earn Credits for Prior Learning
Save time and money. Earn college credit for what you already know.
Each of Maine’s community colleges allows students to earn college credit for knowledge gained on the job, in the military, or through other life experiences. Once awarded, these college credits are transferrable to any of the state’s seven community colleges.
Students who seek credit for prior learning must be formally admitted into a program of study at a Maine community college, and they must complete a minimum number of credits at the college in order to be awarded a degree.
Credit for prior learning can be awarded for many different kinds of learning, including:
- Course work successfully completed at another college or university (transfer credits);
- Work-related training, certification or licensing exams, corporate training programs, or registered apprenticeships;
- National exams, online courses, personal studies, and/or current knowledge of course material;
- Military experience, courses, and training certificates; and
- Early college courses or advanced placement exams earned while in high school.
How to obtain college credit for prior learning
Staff at each of the colleges are prepared to work with you to assess your prior learning and determine what credits may be available to you. These prior learning assessments may include testing, credential reviews, or a portfolio review. Want to learn more? The following staff are prepared to help you.
Kennebec Valley Community College
Kathy Englehart, Academic Dean