At Atlantic Cape Community College, students may earn credit for nontraditional forms of learning as they pursue an Associate in Applied Science in Technical Studies degree. In this fast-tracked route to an associate degree, students may earn college credit for work experience, industry credentials, non-collegiate instruction and examination scores.
The degree is designed for those with professional experience in areas such as allied health, criminal justice, aviation, hospitality, legal services, culinary, information technology and the military. Students complete a minimum of 20 general education course credits and may earn up to 25 technical core credits through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA.) In addition, students may obtain up to nine general education credits by passing an exam. All told, a student may earn up to 50 percent of the 62-64 credits required for the degree through nontraditional means.
Prior Learning Assessment is a process in which college faculty evaluate a student’s non-college training and experience. First students must apply to the program; then they may submit non-college transcripts, certifications, licenses, ratings or a portfolio of professional work for assessment. For more details on PLA, contact Bojan D. Zilovic, PLA coordinator and assistant professor of Information Systems & Aviation Studies, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 609-343-4959.
If submitting a portfolio is recommended, students may enroll in the Career Portfolio Development Course to learn how to create a portfolio that effectively documents knowledge gained outside the college classroom that may be applied toward college credit. For instance, a restaurant manager may be able to demonstrate college-level learning about hospitality, sales, marketing or human resources management.
The course has ongoing enrollment, so students may begin the program anytime and complete a portfolio in 16 consecutive weeks. The fee is $359 and includes evaluation of the completed portfolio. While students complete most of the coursework online, some face-to-face meetings are required. For more details or to register, visit atlantic.edu/conted or call 609-343-5655.
Atlantic Cape’s campuses are located in Mays Landing at 5100 Black Horse Pike; Atlantic City at the Charles D. Worthington Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd.; and Cape May Court House at the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road.