The Assessment of Prior Learning (APL) Program at Three Rivers Community College is a process by which you may receive college credit for learning achieved as a result of your life and work experience. You can receive up to 30 credits through this evaluation that can be applied toward an Associate Degree at Three Rivers.
Whether you are a retired military person, an administrative assistant, a day care provider, a homemaker, or a volunteer fund-raiser, you most likely have acquired significant learning as a result of that work or volunteer experience. This learning is called non-traditional or experiential learning and it often translates into college-level learning. The most successful candidates typically have over 5 years of experience outside of the classroom.
An easy way to ascertain if your non-traditional learning could translate to college credit is to think in the following terms:
If your answers to the above questions are yes, then the APL Program is worth exploring.
The APL Program is offered in the form of a 4-credit Portfolio Development Course (COU* K122) and follows a regular academic term schedule (15 weeks). This course guides you through the process of identifying areas of study and courses in which to apply your college-level learning. You will develop a portfolio which documents the learning and knowledge you have acquired through life and work experiences. At the end of the course, the portfolio is submitted to a board of Faculty Evaluators to determine the number of credits you will receive.
Start by reading the Course Descriptions in the Three Rivers Community College Catalogue to match your non-traditional learning with the courses. You can search by subject area or enter a skill/keyword in the search field to explore various courses.
Yes. For some courses and under certain circumstances, an alternative way to earn credit may be the best option. Three Rivers offers
Visit the Testing webpage for more information.
If you have additional questions, please contact the APL Program Coordinator, Amanda Caffary, at firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred) or on 860.215.9018.