One Thing to Know: Your Experience is Valuable

As the fall semester approaches, countless NWTC students will start their college careers with valuable knowledge and skills already under their belts. That prior learning typically comes from years of work, life, or military experience.

If you're a student who has hard-earned experience in your background, you need to check out Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) at NWTC. Why? According to Boua Xee Thao, CPL advisor at NWTC, and his one thing to know: With CPL, you can save both time and money as you pursue your degree. You can earn college credit for the learning gained from your experiences.

Okay, so now you may be thinking, "Yes! I've got 10 years of experience in _________. Give me some credits!" Well, it's not quite that simple. You have to prove you have gained college-level knowledge and skills from your experience in order to earn credits for your degree or diploma program.

You can show what you know by taking an exam, demonstrating your knowledge, or providing a portfolio or military transcript. So, yes, there is a process involved with CPL, but it is worth it when you consider how much time and money you can save on your degree  Plus, wouldn't it feel pretty awesome to know that your experience is worth something? To have your subject expertise formally acknowledged? 

If you are officially enrolled in an NWTC program and want to earn your degree quicker while saving on tuition, learn more about CPL
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About the Expert

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Boua Xee Thao is the credit for prior learning advisor at NWTC. His favorite part of his role is assisting students in obtaining their degrees. Outside of work, Boua Xee enjoys family time, sports, and eating.