Arkansas Launches New Program to Give College Credit for Experience

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Adults who did not complete their postsecondary education will be given a second change by being able to convert some of their earlier life learning experiences into college credit at 2-year institutions in Arkansas.

The Arkansas Association of 2-Year Colleges (AATYC) announced that an initiative will begin this fall that will allow students to get college credit for prior learning they received through on-the-job training, military service, volunteer opportunities and open source course work.

Director of the Chicago-based Council for Adult and Experiential Learning online portal, Mark P. Campbell, said the program comes at a critical time when most adults understand the importance of adding an advanced degree onto their resumes.

At a time when more jobs are requiring postsecondary degrees, adults wanting to advance in the workplace are facing the challenges of balancing work, life and going to school, Campbell told Chief Learning Officer magazine.

Prospective students will have to be evaluated through the council's portal to build a portfolio of their prior learning experiences.

The initiative also includes more than $24,000-worth of scholarships provided by AT&T.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that professionals with postsecondary degrees can earn $1,000 more per week than those with some or no college education.  

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