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USM Workshops Teach How to Receive Academic Credit for Life Experiences

The University of Southern Maine is hosting two public meetings 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 traditional classroom.

The first session will take place from 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, August 14 in Room 283, USM Lewiston-Auburn College, 51 Westminster St., Lewiston.

A second session will take place from 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, August 28 in Room 213, USM Abromson Center, 88 Bedford St., Portland.

To register or for more information, contact Kate Mitchell, USM Prior Learning Assessment at or 780-4663, 1-800-800-4USM, ext 4663, TTY 207-780-5646.

Studies have shown that college graduates have more employment options, higher starting salaries, and more job security than those without degrees. Students who receive credit for life experiences are more likely to complete their degrees. “USM is pleased to help individuals save time and money by taking advantage of the Prior Learning Assessment Program,” said Joyce Lapping, director of Prior Learning Assessment. “Our faculty and staff are anxious to help Maine people get ready to apply for those jobs requiring college degrees.”

Visit USM’s Prior Learning Assessment online to learn more about the program.