What if you could turn your work experience into college credit? With prior learning assessment, you can!" /> KNEXT: Convert what you've learned on-the-job to college credit - Metro.us

KNEXT: Convert what you’ve learned on-the-job to college credit

Make your work experience work for you!

So you’ve been on the job or in the military for a few years and you think it’s time to get another degree… or maybe your first one?

According to the U.S. Department of Education’s College Completion Tool Kit, 50 percent of all new jobs in the next decade will require a post-secondary degree. Yet, more than 97 million Americans between the ages of 25 and 64 do not have a college degree.

Before you invest the time and money into returning to get your degree, consider whether your school of choice offers prior learning assessment. You could be converting what you’ve learned on the job into college credit. Some people find that using prior learning assessment helps them save a year’s worth of school and tuition.

Clayton Sparks had worked as a java architect for ten years when he realized he would need to head back to school for a degree if he ever wanted to end up on the management side of things. One of the programs he found was an online prior learning assessment tool.

“The benefits to me were in time, money and moving forward in my career. Now I’m part of the management at my company,” said Sparks. “The program worked like a charm. For anyone who has worked, this process is a win/win.”

KNEXT is a college advisory service that was launched in May. Its learning recognition course has students complete online modules with online and offline assistance from advisers.

Students can then review their backgrounds, develop outlines of their job experience and training and create portfolios that document their learning and make the case for why the learning should be considered for college credit. Then students are guided through the college application process with partner institutions, as well as any other institution that accepts experiential credit by portfolio.

Teresa Jackson participated in KNEXT’s pilot program at Kaplan University.

“The program teaches you to look at yourself and value your experiences,” said Jackson.”The outcome is well worth the process even as a standalone program.”

KNEXT estimates that through its learning recognition courses, the average student could save about $10,000 and 29 college credits during the pursuit of a four-year degree.

According to Brian Ouellette, general manager of KNEXT, the U.S. Department of Education is calling for the use of prior learning assessments to give credit for skills learned outside the classroom. He says there is a shortage of qualified college-trained workers to meet the growing demand.

“We’re proud to play a part of this change in adult education,” said Ouellette.

Could prior learning assessment be a tool in your higher education?

Find more on going back for your degree on EducationOption.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
International

Jews in eastern Ukraine ordered to register, Kerry…

Secretary of State John Kerry condemned reports that Jews in eastern Ukraine had been ordered to register with the authorities "or suffer the consequences."

National

Chelsea Clinton pregnant with first child

Chelsea Clinton is pregnant with her first child.

National

Divers struggle in search for South Korean ferry…

By Jungmin Jang and Narae KimMOKPO/JINDO, South Korea (Reuters) - Rescuers struggled with strong waves and murky waters on Thursday as they searched for hundreds…

National

New Hampshire moves to decriminalize adultery

For the first time in hundreds of years, it's about to be legal to cheat on your spouse in New Hampshire.

Television

Dick Wolf to bring fictionalized world of 'Law…

A&E has ordered a pilot called "D.O.A." from "Law and Order" mastermind Dick Wolf that will focus on real detectives reexamining cold cases. A trio…

Movies

Review: 'Transcendence' is not stupid but sometimes lacks…

The cyberthriller "Transcendence" explores artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and other ethical quandaries, but has too much ambition, if anything.

Television

Shane West talks WGN America's 'Salem'

The actor on history lessons, a new network and showing his butt.

Movies

Review: 'Fading Gigolo' finds few jokes in women…

John Turturro writes, directs and stars in "Fading Gigolo," in which he plays a prostitute whose pimp is Woody Allen. And there's still very few jokes.

NBA

Carmelo Anthony agonizing over Knicks future as season…

There’s still the cloud hanging over the franchise’s head as to the pending free-agent status of All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony.

NFL

Jets host players with eye toward NFL Draft

The Jets hosted a number of NFL Draft hopefuls for workouts on Thursday, with an eye toward some under-the-radar players.

NFL

Chris Johnson: I wanted to go to 'a…

Now that Chris Johnson is a Jet, the team has to figure out if one of the most explosive players in the NFL over the last half decade has anything…

NHL

Rangers' speed versus Flyers' size makes interesting playoff…

Among the myriad aspects that will make this Metropolitan Division semifinal series fascinating will be the battle between the Rangers' speed and the Flyers' size,…

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.

Travel

Earth Day travel in the Florida Keys

See why this eco-friendly destination deserves your attention.

Tech

Sorry, Facebook — FarmVille goes mobile with 'Country…

Zynga has released a version of the hit "FarmVille" tailored for smartphones and tablets in the hope of reaping a bumper crop of players.