Herzing University Offers College Credit for Prior Experience from Work, Military Training, Volunteering and Self-Study via Partnership with LearningCounts.org

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Herzing University is partnering with LearningCounts.org to assist students in earning credit for prior life experience, such as on-the-job training, work and military experience.

“We want adult learners to know that we respect and value their prior work and military experience, as well as the skills they have developed through other life experience,” said Renée Herzing, president of Herzing University.

Herzing University has always worked hard to consistently evaluate student transfer credit for courses taken at other higher education institutions, and now they’re opening the door to even more students by partnering with LearningCounts.org to assist students in earning credit for prior life experience. The partnership will enable potential students to demonstrate their college-level proficiency in various topics by developing a portfolio, taking a test or validating prior training that they have received through work and military experience, as well as volunteer work and self-study efforts.

“We want adult learners to know that we respect and value their prior work and military experience, as well as the skills they have developed through other life experience,” said Renée Herzing, president of Herzing University. “If students can demonstrate college-level proficiency in a particular course topic because they have acquired the necessary skills and competencies through their life experience, they should be able to get college credit and avoid taking courses that are redundant for them.”

Through the LearningCounts.org partnership, potential students can utilize an online process from the Council for Adult & Experiential Learning (CAEL) to demonstrate their learning in a Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) portfolio that may consist of written documentation, video demonstration of proficiency and/or third-party endorsement. A Herzing University faculty member will evaluate the portfolio to determine if the individual has proven skills that are at the same level as a student who has successfully completed the college course. Students may request up to six credits per portfolio within a single discipline. For requests greater than six credits or across multiple disciplines, students may submit additional portfolios.

Students can also choose to take a nationally-recognized College Level Examination Program (CLEP) test to demonstrate their proficiency in a subject for credit at Herzing University. A third option offered is to have training courses provided through work, the military or a professional association evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE CREDIT) to see if it is at a college level. Registered apprenticeships and professional certifications can also be evaluated through ACE CREDIT.

About Herzing University
Herzing University encompasses 12 physical locations in eight states, three continuing education divisions in three states, plus Herzing University Online. Founded in Milwaukee, Wis. in 1965, today the University offers career-focused, convenient, and caring education for master’s, bachelor’s, and associate degrees and diplomas in the fields of technology, business, healthcare, design, and public safety. Herzing University has been recognized as a member of the 2012 GI Jobs magazine list of “Military Friendly Schools.” The University provides education to approximately 8,500 students per year. Herzing University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association; http://www.ncahlc.org or (800) 621-7440. More information about Herzing University is available at: http://www.herzing.edu.

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