PLACE course online (ELI) for Fall 2014!

Fall 2014 PLACE (SDV 298) courses

Look for Fall 2014 PLACE Portfolio Development courses at Annandale and online through ELI!

  • Extended Learning Institute (ELI) – Online, starting September 17th
  • ANNANDALE campus – Thursdays, 4pm-7:10pm, starting Thursday, September 4th

The process of developing an e-portfolio helps adult learners explore the following:

  • Reflect on your life history and evaluate your future plans
  • Articulate the college-level learning gained from your work and life experiences
  • Develop and/or refine short and long term career, personal, and educational goals.
  • Create professional e-portfolios to challenge courses for college credit

Click here to find out more about the PLACE course.

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Monthly CPL Webinars – September

Credit for Prior Learning Webinar

Did you know you may be able to earn college credits for college-level learning obtained outside of the classroom? 

·        Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is a great way to help adult students save time and money while earning a degree!

·         While PLA has been offered for years at NOVA, we want to make students more aware of these opportunities to help them save money and graduate faster.

·         There are many methods used to evaluate prior learning: Credit by Exams, Credit by Portfolio Development, and Credit for Evaluated Programs/Credentials.

Please tune in to one of our monthly informational webinars!

Next Webinar: Wednesday, September 17th at 6:00pm

Check back every month for upcoming dates!

To attend a webinar, click on this link on the date of your choice: PLA Webinar. 

To make sure you don’t miss anything important, we encourage you to start the registration process 10-15 minutes before the start time.  

The webinar will last about 30 minutes and is meant to be an informational session only to help you determine if PLA is for you, not to assess your specific prior learning situations. Specific personal questions can be directed to the PLA Office at pla@nvcc.edu or 703-425-5835.

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Visit NOVA’s PLA Specialist at Your Campus

Are you an adult learner who has acquired college-level learning from your work and life experiences?

Please stop by your local campus to speak with a Prior Learning Assessment representative about how to turn that learning into college credit!

  • Annandale CA building, ground floor lobby near Counseling Center – every 1st Monday of the month from 2pm-6pm
  • Manassas MH building cafeteria – every 3rd Tuesday of the month from 2pm-6pm
  • Woodbridge WS Seefeldt building, 2nd floor next to Information Desk – every 1st Tuesday of the month from 2pm-6pm
  • Alexandria AA Bisdorf building, near Student Services Center – every 1st Wednesday of the month from 2pm-6pm

Check back for the addition of more campuses! We look forward to seeing you there!

*If you cannot make it to the campus and would like to know more about your opportunities for earning credit for prior learning, please email pla@nvcc.edu or call 703.425.5835.

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PLA Self-Assessment Questionnare

Are you interested in credit for prior learning but not quite sure which PLA methods might work for you?

Complete the PLA Self-Assessment Questionnaire!

  • Gain a better understanding of your own learning
  • Preview the PLA methods available through NOVA
  • Evaluate which PLA options work best for you!

After completing this questionnaire, you can request a follow up from the PLA Office or reach out to pla@nvcc.edu or 703-425-5835.

 

 

 

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Save time and money with Credit for Prior Learning!

If you are an adult student with significant life and work experience, you may be eligible for credit for your prior learning. Review the four different credit for prior learning opportunities below to see if any of these work for you.

1. Transfer credit – Have you taken a course anywhere else that would meet NOVA’s degree requirements? Have you had your transcripts evaluated by NOVA?

2. Certifications, training, or military experience recognized by the college, ACE (American Council on Education), or NCCRS (National College Credit Recommendation Service) – Are you trained or certified in an area which the college might accept for credit? Some trainings and certifications have been evaluated and granted college credit by NOVA, ACE, and NCCRS. Visit these websites below and the Prior Learning Manual on the NOVA CPL page to view the eligible credentials.

ACE – http://www2.acenet.edu/credit/?fuseaction=browse.main

NCCRS – http://www.nationalccrs.org/

3. Credit by examination – Do you know enough in a certain subject area to sit down and take a CLEP, DSST, or NOVA ABLE exam for a given course? View the eligible exams in the Prior Learning Manual on the NOVA CPL page

4. PLACE – Do you have the kind of experiences that demonstrate college-level learning of a given topic? Do you feel your experience is sufficient to challenge multiple courses with PLACE portfolios?

Questions? Please call 703-425-5835 or email pla@nvcc.edu.

 

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Summer 2014 PLACE courses starting in MAY!

Summer 2014 PLACE courses

Look for Summer 2014 semester PLACE Portfolio Development (SDV 298) course offerings at the Annandale and Alexandria campuses!

ANNANDALE

ALEXANDRIA

Saturdays – 9am-12:40pm,

starting May 24th

      Thursdays–5:30pm-9:10pm,       

starting May 22nd

The process of developing an e-portfolio helps adult learners explore the following:

  • Reflect on your life history and evaluate your future plans
  • Articulate the college-level learning in your work and life experiences
  • Develop and/or refine short and long term career, personal, and educational goals.
  • Create professional e-portfolios to challenge courses for college credit.
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PLACE Course Information

PLACE Portfolio Development Course (SDV 298)

       SDV 298 is a full-semester, three-credit course for adults who have gained college-level learning through work, volunteer activities, civic and community assignments, travel, independent study, and other experiential learning. Students develop a portfolio that demonstrates skills and knowledge gained through experiential learning which aligns with specific NOVA courses. Each portfolio is evaluated for credit by a NOVA faculty member who teaches the course being challenged. Students must create a portfolio for each course they wish to challenge.

7 Components of the e-Portfolio

1. Cover Letter – request to faculty evaluator to challenge a specific course

2. Chronological Record – synopsis of year-by-year major life events since high school

3. Life History Paper – evaluation and documentation of the transitions and stages of your life to gain greater insight about yourself and refine your ability to plot your future

4. Goals Paper – develop and/or refine one, five, and 10-year personal and professional goals

5. Narrative of Competencies – description of knowledge and skills from experiential learning that are comparable to the course objectives

6. Copy of the Course Content Summary – provides overview and learning objectives of course

7. Documentation – tangible proof of each statement of major accomplishments and learning experiences (transcripts, letters of verification, job descriptions, performance evaluations, pictures, tax statements, audio/video tapes, samples of work produced, computer programs written, etc.)

PLACE Quick Facts

  • Can challenge up to 15 credits toward NOVA associates or 10 credits toward eligible certificate programs with portfolios.
  • SDV 298 counts toward NOVA residency requirement, portfolio credits do not
  • Heavy writing focus, prerequisite is ENG 111
  • Successful completion of SDV 298 does not guarantee credits for portfolio challenges
  • Check transferability of portfolio credits with four-year school of choice, as not all schools accept PLACE credits.
  • PLACE course available at Annandale, Alexandria, and online through ELI.

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Spring 2014 PLACE courses

Look for Spring semester PLACE Portfolio Development (SDV 298) course offerings at the Annandale and Alexandria campuses!

                       Annandale                                                        Alexandria

     Thursdays – 4:00pm-6:20pm                                  Thursdays – 5:30pm-7:30pm

The process of developing an e-portfolio helps adult learners explore the following:

  • Reflect on your life history and evaluate your future plans
  • Articulate the college-level learning in your work and life experiences
  • Develop and/or refine short and long term career, personal, and educational goals.
  • Create a professional e-portfolio to challenge a course for college credit

 

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PLA Campus Visits

Are you an adult learner who has acquired college-level learning from your work and life experiences?

Please stop by your local campus to speak with a Prior Learning Assessment representative about how to turn that learning into college credit!

  • Alexandria cafeteria – Thursday, Oct. 10th, from 11am-2pm
  • Manassas cafeteria – Wednesday, Oct. 16th, from 1:30pm-3:30pm
  • MEC – Thursday, Oct. 17th, from 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • Annandale cafeteria – Monday, Oct. 21st, from 11am-2pm
  • Woodbridge old cafeteria – Wednesday, Oct. 23rd, from 1pm-3pm
  • Loudon LC building- Monday, Oct. 28th, from 11am-2pm

We look forward to seeing you there!

*If you cannot make it to the campus and would like to know more about your opportunities for earning credit for prior learning, please email pla@nvcc.edu or call 703.425.5835.

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