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Most Americans do not go from high school to college and leave four years later with a degree. Life gets in the way. Some start college but never finish; others can never afford the time or money to even start. Still others simply weren't ready, or went into the military, or didn't know what to do. Years later, these people have a tremendous amount of life experience, but no degree to prove what they know to potential employers. These learners need to complete their degrees to be successful.
CAEL built LearningCounts.org, which provides:
Advice from a College Credit Specialist
Students talk about their background and interests, and together, determine the fastest and most affordable path to finish their degree.
Enroll in a Course
Our online portfolio courses help students learn how to demonstrate the college-level learning they acquired through work, volunteering or military service. We offer instructor-led and do-it-yourself courses.
Portfolio Development and Assessment
Using what they have learned in our courses, they create an online knowledge portfolio that matches their knowledge and experience to college-equivalent courses. Once they have completed their online portfolio, a member of our expert faculty assesses the portfolio and recommends it for college credit. Students can earn up to 12 undergraduate credit hours for each portfolio they submit.
Predict Potential to Earn College Credit
Students can also use the prior learning credit predictor for free to estimate how many college credits they may be able to earn.
Transfer Credit Recommendations
CAEL is now partnering with universities to directly award college credit based on its LearningCounts assessments of knowledge learned outside the classroom.
Alamo Colleges, Bellevue University, the Indiana Institute of Technology, the New England College of Business, North Iowa Area Community College, Roosevelt University and Southern New Hampshire University have already signed on to the new process, which will streamline the credit acceptance and reduce transcription costs for students.
An advisory group of Prior Learning Assessment theorists and practitioners from a wide variety of institutions helped launch LearningCounts.org. LearningCounts Partner colleges have made it a reality for their students and other learners.
“No one in the world of Prior Learning Assessment is more respected than CAEL and SNHU is happy to accept CAEL’s credit recommendations directly. They are the experts. They have unassailable integrity and an unmatched track record of almost 40 years in this area. They invented PLA.” - Paul LeBlanc, President, Southern New Hampshire University
Jill Powell talks about LearningCounts.org
Houston Endowment supports nonprofit organizations and educational institutions that produce and maximize enduring benefits for the people of the greater Houston area.
Lumina Foundation is a private, independent foundation established in Indianapolis in August 2000. Lumina is committed to enrolling and graduating more students from college. In fact, we are the nation’s largest foundation dedicated exclusively to increasing students’ access to and success in postsecondary education. Our misison is defined by Goal 2025–to increase the percentage of Americans who hold high-quality degrees and credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
The Kresge Foundation is a $3.1 billion private, national foundation headquartered in Metropolitan Detroit, in the suburb community of Troy.
The Brown Foundation, Inc. was founded in July 1951 by Herman and Margarett Root Brown and George R. and Alice Pratt Brown.
Established in 1977, the State Street Foundation is the charitable grantmaking arm of State Street Corporation.
The Joyce Foundation supports the development of policies that both improve the quality of life for people in the Great Lakes region and serve as models for the rest of the country.
CAEL's innovative higher education platform that rigorously assesses college-level learning acquired from outside the traditional classroom for potential college credit.
USA Funds® is a nonprofit corporation that works to enhance postsecondary education preparedness, access and success by providing and supporting financial and other valued services.
The Walmart Foundation meets the needs of the underserved by directing charitable giving our core areas of focus: Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Women's Economic Empowerment and Career Opportunity.
Interactive map helps Health Information Management (HIM) professionals chart their personal path to success. www.HiCareers.com/CareerMap.
The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is the premier association of health information management (HIM) professionals. Serving 52 affiliated component state associations and more than 64,000 members, it is recognized as the leading source of "HIM knowledge," a respected authority for rigorous professional certification, and one of the industry's most active and influential advocates in Congress.
Ohio’s bioscience sector is poised to grow 20% over the next decade – that’s great news for Ohio. Bioscience jobs pay well and are nearly recession proof – that’s great incentive for Ohioans looking for work. However, Ohio bio employers are having difficulty attracting the volume of workers required to meet these growth projections. People simply don’t realize that there are great bioscience jobs for entry-level workers. And, many of the candidates who do apply don’t have the right skills and competencies they need to be successful.
Research and document 300+ bioscience job options available across Ohio’s bioscience sector, then validate with Ohio bioscience employers. Thereafter, build and socialize an online bioscience career exploration tool to:
showcase bioscience careers and jobs in a friendly and engaging way, and
highlight local bioscience education programs and tuition benefits that people can leverage to secure great bioscience jobs.
Feedback on the tool has been tremendous like this quote from N. Pietras, Executive Director for Northwest Ohio Tech Prep - “The website is awesome. It is impressive and useful for folks looking into bioscience to understand what it is, and how to get involved. Great work.”
Visit www.BioOhioWorkforce.org to view the website.
In March 2010, BioOhio, six Ohio-based community colleges, and CAEL were awarded $5M dollars to train 700 underemployed, dislocated and unemployed workers for entry level positions in bioscience careers. This group calls itself the Ohio Bioworkforce Training Partnership.
The grant was designed to pay for tuition, books and fees for qualified participants and give graduates of the program a hand in finding employment.
How does an industry fill its future worker pipeline and ensure its current workforce:
• has the right skills and competencies for a productive future,
• understands the opportunities available to them, and
• connects to the right education to best use tuition dollars?
Through its telecommunications industry coalition NACTEL, CAEL built VIVIDfuture.org to arm incumbent telecom workers and job seekers with useful industry information, telecom-specific education options, and tools to match and connect them to telecom job opportunities.
NACTEL (National Coalition of Telecommunications Education & Learning), CWA (Communications Workers of America), IBEW (International Brotherhoood of Electrical Workers), AT&T, CenturyLink, Verizon, Frontier Communications
“Our industry depends on highly skilled workers. And VIVIDFuture.org is a great training and educational resource for new telecom job-seekers as well as those wanting to grow within the industry.” - Randall Stephenson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, AT&T
NACTEL is a unique partnership between major telecommunications companies and labor unions. NACTEL partners with higher-education to develop, sponsor, and promote online learning programs to help the telecommunications industry meet its workforce needs. Representing over one-million industry workers, NACTEL partners include AT&T, The Communications Workers of America (CWA), CenturyLink, Frontier Communications, The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Qwest and Verizon. The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) serves as fiscal agent and program manager for NACTEL.
The energy industry is facing a retirement bubble, a shift to greater use of renewable energy sources, and sky-rocketing demand for power. These factors have created a demand for workers skilled in new energy technologies. Meanwhile, many workers and high school students are seeking stable employment.
Created new online curriculum for training current and future electric power industry workers that supports clean energy solutions and smart grid deployment
Trained more than 1,800 electric power industry workers across a wide range of job categories on alternative energy sources and the smart grid, operational considerations for the smart grid and/or on the impact (financial, security, etc) of the smart grid
Combined online instruction with company training, both classroom and apprenticeship training
Developed a replicable model partnership between Bismarck State College and the Connecticut Community College System to deliver a joint clean energy/smart grid-focused electric power technology certificate and degree program
Built a model move high school students directly from energy industry coursework into employment and/or into a postsecondary energy industry certificate or degree program
Energy Providers Coalition for Education (EPCE), National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), American Public Power Association (APPA), Arizona Public Service (APS), ComEd (an Exelon company), JEA, Northeast Utilities, Oklahoma Gas and Electric (OGE), PJM Interconnection
The Energy Providers Coalition for Education (EPCE) partnered with Bismarck State College's National Energy Center of Excellence to offer an online smart grid curriculum built by the industry, for the industry.
The Energy Providers Coalition for Education (EPCE) is a group of industry representatives that develops, sponsors, and promotes industry-driven, standardized, quality online learning programs to meet the workforce needs of the energy industry.
The United States Department of Labor fosters, promotes, and develops the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improves working conditions; advances opportunities for profitable employment; and assures work-related benefits and rights.