York County Community College recognizes several pathways for the assessment of prior learning, which includes learning that was not obtained in the traditional classroom setting such as work and volunteer experience, military training, workshops, professional certifications, etc. We encourage our students to explore all of the options available to them. Students seeking credit for prior learning must be formally admitted (matriculated) into a degree program and also must meet the minimum program residency requirement in order to be awarded a degree at YCCC.
Requests for prior learning credit should be made during the admissions process or shortly thereafter, for consideration in degree planning. The final decision regarding acceptance of all prior learning credits rests with YCCC.
Students may earn up to 75% of the total credits required for graduation through a combination of all forms of prior learning (transfer and articulated credits, portfolio, CLEP credit, AP credit, ACE credit, etc.) Credits earned for learning that occurred prior to admittance will not count toward the academic residency requirement. All degree or certificate students must complete at least 25% of the program credit hours directly through YCCC. Although credits earned through prior learning will count toward degree requirements, any grades and/or credits received will not be including in computing the grade point average (GPA).
Prior Learning Options for Credit:
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Click here for a full list of Prior Learning Pathways.
All Maine CTE Centers – Culinary and Precision Machining Technology (PMT)
Biddeford Regional Center of Technology (BRCOT) – Accounting I and II; Computer Applications (Business IT Program); Computer Applications (Medical/Legal Studies Programs); Early Childhood Education; Engineering, Architecture, & Drafting; Investing and Personal Finance; Legal Studies; Medical Assisting
Old Orchard Beach High School – Culinary Arts I, II, and Advanced
Sanford Regional Technical Center (SRTC) – Culinary Arts; Precision Machining I and II
Somersworth Career Technical Center – Culinary Arts
Winnisquam Regional HS, Agricultural Ed Center – Animal Science I and II
York High School – Intro to College Algebra
AP - Advanced Placement Exams
ACE - American Council on Education:
National Guide to Credit for Workforce Training
FLATS - BYU's Foreign Language Achievement Testing Service
CDA Development Center/Opportunity Alliance – Child Development Associates (CDA) Training
Northern Maine Community College – Non-Credit Computer Training
YCCC Workforce Development – Non-Credit Foundations of Math I and II
YCCC Workforce Development – Non-Credit Paralegal Studies
YCCC Workforce Development – Corning MTack Program
YCCC Workforce Development – Pratt & Whitney NextGen Program
YCCC Workforce Development – Machine Operator Program
YCCC Workforce Development - Medical Assisting
AutoCAD - Autodesk Certified User Credential
CDA - Child Development Associate
CECA - Certified Early Childhood Assistant
CISCO Certifications: CCENT Certification; CCNA Certification; Networking Discovery Program-Modules I and II
CompTIA Certifications: Net+ Certification; A+ Certification; Security+ Certification
EMT Basic - Emergency Medical Technician
Firefighter I and II Certification
ISO 9001 Lead Auditor Certification
Maine Criminal Justice Academy: Basic Law Enforcement Training Program (BLETP); Law Enforcement Pre-Service Training; Basic Corrections Training Program
Maine Roads to Quality: Infant Toddler Credential
ServSafe - Food Handler Certification