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Students Receive Credit for Knowledge Gained Through Life Experiences

The University of Southern Maine is hosting two workshops to give those interested in pursuing a college degree the opportunity to find out if they can earn college credit for knowledge and skills gained outside the classroom.

The first workshop will be held from 4:30-5:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 18 at USM’s Lewiston-Auburn College, 51 Westminster Street, Lewiston. The second workshop will be held from 4:30-5:30 p.m., Monday, October 24 in Room 213, Abromson Center, 88 Bedford Street, on USM’s Portland campus. To register, contact Joyce Lapping, director of USM Prior Learning Assessment, at 207-780-4867 or by email at This event is free and open to the public.

Attendees will find out more about earning academic credit for previous work and related experience through the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) program. Participants will also learn about PLA’s techniques for assessing learning competencies and connecting a student’s practical knowledge with their theoretical knowledge.

USM’s PLA program is one of the oldest in the country. Last year, PLA served more than 800 students and performed more than 1,100 assessments, offering a total of 7,477 credits to USM students.  The program offers students many services, such as academic portfolio assessment, standardized tests, language examinations and military credit evaluation. For more information about the PLA program, visit: