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Helping Turn Life Experiences Into College Credit

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) serves Massachusetts residents with a wide range of work backgrounds and life experiences—professionals seeking specialized certifications or new skills to help secure a promotion; stay-at-home parents hoping to complete a degree; military veterans looking to transition back into the civilian workforce; displaced workers impacted by layoffs caused by economic downturns; and more. Although our adult students come from different walks of life and choose different career paths, they are all determined to get to where they want to go. With 15 campuses statewide, the Massachusetts Community College system offers a number of program options and flexible delivery formats. Whatever your journey, our credit for prior learning programs are designed to help you reach your destination.

Working Professionals

working professional

Today’s competitive and rapidly changing marketplace requires a constantly evolving skill set. You can’t afford to sit still and risk missing out on opportunities to advance your career. Credit for Prior Learning could help you build upon your previous experience by validating what you’ve already learned and translating that knowledge into college credit. By taking advantage of CPL, you could earn your degree faster, improve your marketability, and better position yourself for promotions and salary increases.

Military Veterans

Military Veterans

Translating military skills and experience into civilian occupations may be a challenge. You dedicated yourself to your military service—let us help you identify possible career paths based on your specialized background. Credit for Prior Learning can make the process easier by helping you equate your transferrable knowledge and experiences with college-level courses—allowing you to successfully transition into the civilian workforce and launch your career.

Stay-At-Home Parents

Stay-At-Home Parents

As a stay-at-home parent, your schedule is not your own. Finishing your degree or earning a certificate may mean another layer of time in your busy family life. With Credit for Prior Learning, you could skip over introductory courses to make precious time well spent — and graduate sooner. Available on campus and online, you have the flexibility to continue your education and complete an associate degree, finish your bachelor’s degree, or earn a certificate around you and your family’s schedule.

Displaced Workers

Displaced Workers

Layoffs and organizational restructuring may mean you’re quickly left without a job and may need more or different skills/education to get back into a highly competitive workforce. Although you’ve spent years learning a specific role, you may be having a difficult time equating that experience to other job opportunities and career options. Credit for Prior Learning could help you validate your expertise and translate it into college credit so you can continue your education and start earning again.

Find out if you can earn credit for prior learning.

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