Not All Learning Happens in the Classroom
WMCC is committed to providing affordable, accessible, high-quality education to help students achieve their educational and professional goals. Because we believe our learners bring with them a unique body of knowledge and skills developed over time, we provide students the opportunity to demonstrate their acquisition of college-level learning gained outside of the traditional classroom setting.
In accordance with the guidelines established by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) and the recommendations made by the American Council on Education (ACE), WMCC provides options for students to progress more quickly toward program or degree completion through earning credit for prior learning, including transfer credit, credit by examination, and credit for experiential learning through prior learning portfolio assessment.
Military Education and Training
Students who are active duty or retired military may earn credit hours applied to their degree or certificate program for their military training and experience. Credit may be awarded in accordance with the American Council on Education (ACE)’s recommendations, which can be found in the online ACE Military Guide at https://bit.ly/3NQFRIs. Students who are interested in having their military training and experience evaluated for credit should submit the CPL Request Form to the Admissions Office and must log in to the Joint Services Transcript website (https://jst.doded.mil/jst) to request an official Joint Services Transcript be sent directly to the Admissions Office for credential review.
Active-Duty military personnel are also eligible for free CLEP and DSST subject area exams (described in detail in the Credit by Examination section). To take advantage of these free pathways toward college credit, you can find more information at https://bit.ly/3OMB9Nk.
Professional Licensure or Certification
Students who possess professional licensures or industry certifications may be awarded credit for prior learning through department and College approved credit equivalencies outlined in our Credit By Credential Crosswalk. Students who are interested in earning credit for a professional licensure or certification listed on the Credit By Credential Crosswalk should submit the CPL Request Form and official records of professional licensure or industry certification to the Admissions Office.