Credit for Prior Learning

Past Education and Experience Counts

Collaboratively, MnAMP institutions are developing a process to assess prior education and experience in order to ensure efficient and timely transition from training to degree completion. Upon enrollment at a MnAMP institution, participants will experience a comprehensive personal, academic, and career assessment. This will include implementation of a standardized framework to assess prior learning by adapting the methodology used by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning. Built into this strategy will be an emphasis on assessment protocol designed specifically for veterans and military personnel. Assessment of prior learning will incorporate transcript evaluations and career development and skill assessments with rigorous evaluation of academic achievement and work/life experience that ensures each participant takes the most accelerated route within a career pathway.

This strategy aligns closely with work of the MnSCU System and the Chancellor’s Charting the Future for a Prosperous Minnesota which includes a focus on certifying student competencies and capabilities, expanding pathways to accelerate degree completion through credit for prior learning, and fostering the award of competency-based credit and degrees.

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Earn Credit for What You Know

MnAMP institutions are working to create pathways for military personnel and skilled workers to earn credit for courses in the Advanced Manufacturing Core Curriculum. Workers with the appropriate skills may be able to earn credit for up to four courses including:

  • Safety Awareness
  • Manufacturing Process and Production
  • Quality Practices
  • Maintenance Awareness

Upon successful completion of the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council Certified Production Technical (MSSC-CPT) assessment, workers are awarded 8 college credits for the four courses when admitted to a manufacturing program at one of the participating MnAMP institutions. These credits will apply directly toward a degree, diploma, or certificate in manufacturing. 

To seek an assessment of your military and work experience, connect with the institution that offers the program you are interested in, and/or ask to speak to a manufacturing program advisor, take a look at our interactive map of participating MnAMP institutions.  Military personnel can use the MnSCU VETS system to identify programs where they can receive credit.

CPL Resources:

For Students:

Colleges within the Minnesota State Colleges and University System (MnSCU) each have their own specific policies and procedures for assessing and awarding CPL. General CPL procedures for MnSCU are provided here: Procedure 3.35.1 Credit for Prior Learning. Students interested in pursuing CPL should contact the college they wish to attend for specific school policies and procedures.

For Colleges and Universities:

The MnAMP Credit for Prior Learning Guide is available for personnel at MnAMP institutions as a resource in implementing CPL procedure as it pertains to MnAMP strategy 1.2.

The American Council on Education (ACE) offers a variety of resources including best practices, webinars, and papers – ACE CPL Resources
The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL)’s research and publications offer resources for colleges to support adult learners – CAEL College and University Resources

For Businesses:

Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) offers research and publications on CPL for Employers and Workforce Developers.

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