As a military spouse of 17 years, I have volunteered for many organizations doing variety of tasks. Would it not be wonderful to get college credits for my life experiences? Department of Defense Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program (SECO) has created a pilot program that could possibly allow the transfer of life experiences into college credits.
The program Learning Counts is a six-week course that can be enrolled in for FREE if you are eligible for SECO services, SECO will cover the cost of the course and the portfolio assessment fee. This course helps you to build a “Learning Portfolio” that can then be evaluated for college credits. Currently the program has partnered with over 100 schools that have agreed to work with this program. The program was launched September 22, 2014 and will take place for two years.
While reviewing the program to see if I could take advantage, I noticed that many of the schools listed we not community colleges which I thought was a disadvantage. Traditional, community colleges are cheaper in cost and work well with military families pursing higher education. The self-paced course takes approximately 9 to 16 hours to complete.
In the event that you would not qualify for this program, MyCAA could also be an option to help in pursing your degree. CLEP Exams can also help you reach your educational goals faster. CLEP offers 33 exams in five subject areas over material normally taught in the first two years of general studies in college. By passing the CLEP exam you are awarded college credit for the course.
For additional information on the resources mentioned in the article:
LearningCounts program: http://seco.learningcounts.org/
CLPE Exams: http://clep.collegeboard.org/exam
By: Audrey Carroll