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Prior Learning Portfolio: Development

Prior Learning Portfolio

Many students who enter York County Community College (YCCC) have already attained college-level learning outside the traditional classroom setting, such as past work, training, volunteer, and various other experiences.  YCCC would like to offer the opportunity to convert prior college-level knowledge into college credit through our Portfolio Development process.

Portfolio Development is available to students who are matriculated into a degree program and have completed, or are currently enrolled in, ENG101 College Composition or the equivalency. Under the guidance of the PLA Portfolio Advisor, students create a portfolio in order to demonstrate that they possess college-level knowledge of a subject.  Introductory-level learning is typically not credit-worthy, whereas, complex learning over a substantial period of time, that is sufficient in scope, range, and general content would be considered for college level credit.  Please note that credit is NOT awarded for experience, but rather demonstration of knowledge acquired through the experience.  

Portfolio credit may only be sought only when other forms of Prior Learning Assessment do not exist (i.e. articulation agreements, transfer credit, CLEP or DSST exams) to evaluate the college-level learning you possess.  All prior learning credit is subject to the residency maximum.

Complete the Portfolio Self-Assessment to determine if the Portfolio Development process is right for you!


What is a Portfolio?

The creation of a Portfolio is a way to allow students to demonstrate their prior knowledge. It is simply a formal, written document that provides a format for students to prove the level of their academic achievement and for the college to assess their level of knowledge.  Portfolios may also be useful to a student pursuing an internship or career goal. 

The portfolio must provide documentation that proves competence in the subject area for which college credit is being requested.  Two copies will be submitted to the college by the student applying for academic credit.  The expectation from the college is the submission of a well-organized, formatted, detailed and academically written document, which is the standard for any college assignment.