TAACCCT Round 2 Making the Future: The Wisconsin strategy’s credit for prior learning efforts

Thursday May 26, 2016
The Office of Community College Research and Leadership (OCCRL) in collaboration with the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) management team for the TAACCCT Round 2 Making the Future: The Wisconsin Strategy grant, released a strategy brief outlining the consortium’s efforts to build a foundational model for Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) within each of the 16 Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) colleges.

In 2013, as a U.S. Department of Labor TAACCCCT Round 2 consortium grantee, NWTC was invited to submit a proposal to participate in the Community College Transformative Change Initiative (CCTCI), an effort led by the OCCRL at the University of Illinois in partnership with The Collaboratory, LLC. Supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Lumina Foundation for Education, Joyce Foundation, and Achieving the Dream, this initiative was looking for innovations within the grants that had broader impact and were scalable to serve as models and best practices for others. NWTC was fortunate to be one of eight TAACCCT Round 2 grantees selected to participate because of its proposed work with CPL.

The brief highlights Wisconsin’s strategy for creating a foundation of CPL policies and procedures that will be leveraged by all 16 colleges to attract and retain adult learners. “The TAACCCT Round 2 grant provided all 16 Wisconsin Technical Colleges opportunities for deep and meaningful collaboration that resulted in redesigned educational pathways, increased employer engagement, and the ability to advance our Credit for Prior Learning practices,” said Anne Kamps, NWTC dean of Learning Solutions. “It is clear from our enrollment data that the positive student success outcomes reflect transformational change in manufacturing education leading to family-sustaining careers.” Although the grant programming period ended March 31, 2016, the momentum to develop CPL practices continues.

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