College Credit FastTrack is a new initiative undertaken by Pennsylvania’s 14 community colleges using money from the Federal TAACCCT Grant Program. It is the first statewide community college sector portal designed to facilitate Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) in the nation. PLA enables adult students to earn college credit for learning they have done on the job, in the military, or on their own, reducing the time and costs associated with earning a degree.
Through the Credit for Life Experience program, students may substitute life experience for formal classes related to their program of study. Students should not have taken the course(s) for which they are applying to receive life experience credit, either at CCBC or another school.
To be considered for credit for life experience, the student must submit an electronic portfolio. An electronic portfolio should be completed for each class in the college catalog that is to be considered for credit for life experience. When compiling the electronic portfolio, the best place to start is with the master syllabus for the particular course for which the request is being made. If requesting credit for more than one course, the student must detail what experience applies to each course. In addition to the course content, a close review of the objectives for the course will help coordinate experience with courses. The electronic portfolio must demonstrate experience in the content field and the attainment of course objectives.
Documentation that is acceptable in support of the request:
- A narrative that outlines the case clearly and in detail by paralleling course objectives with personal experiences
- A chart that parallels personal experience with course objectives
- Job descriptions
- Employer evaluations
- Letters of documentation from employers and colleagues
- Documents that were produced by way of work assignments or personal initiative
- Certificates of completion or documentation for any relevant training together with the content of the training and the number of hours of training
The portfolio should be submitted through College Credit Fast Track at www.ccfasttrack.org
. The request will be submitted to the Director of Enrollment Services via College Credit Fast Track. The appropriate College Division will electronically assess the portfolio through College Credit Fast Track. The decision of the College Division is final.