Through the Credit for Life Experience program, students may be authorized by the Director of Enrollment Services to 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. Additionally, students must enroll for and successfully complete a minimum of fifteen credits of program coursework at CCBC in order to have the credits earned through life experience placed on their transcript. Students who have received credit for life experience are permitted to subsequently register for the course. See the Director of Enrollment Services for assistance and advice.
To be considered for credit for life experience, the student must compile a portfolio that will remain the property of the College. A portfolio should be completed for each class in the college catalog that is to be considered for credit for life experience. When compiling the 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 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 to the Director of Enrollment Services. The Director of Enrollment Services will review the portfolio in conjunction with Division Directors and faculty and issue a decision. The decision of the Director of Enrollment Services is final.