Meaningful Learning, Credentials, and Work for Every Adult.

The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) links learning and work. CAEL is a nonprofit that works at all levels within the higher education, public, and private sectors to make it easier for people to get the education and training they need.

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CAEL 40th Anniversary Gala

November 12, 2014 at 06:30 PM As we continue to commemorate our 40th anniversary, CAEL will be hosting a special gala during our annual conference. The gala will be held at the renowned Art Institute of Chicago. The gala will take place on Wednesday, November 12th and will begin at 6:30 p.m.
September 10, 2014

Tugged in Two Directions

Inside Higher Ed.
September 02, 2014

Pilot program to launch to help spouses earn college credit

Marine Corps Times, AirForce Times
August 28, 2014

Free FAFSA Assistance Program Expanding

Rock Hill Herald
August 26, 2014

Workforce Strength Brings Jobs to Region

Greater Tulsa Reporter Newspapers
August 25, 2014

How online education can help Colorado adults

The Denver Post
August 21, 2014

3 Challenges of Extending Your Career After Retirement

US World and News Report
August 21, 2014

The Business Champions Network: CAEL and the Aspen Institute Initiate Invitational Network of Senior Business Leaders

At CAEL, we’re constantly reminded that in the next decade, more than half of all American jobs will require employees with postsecondary credentials. This urgency informs our advocacy on behalf of adult learners, and it certainly was confirmed during the event Business Champions for Degree Completion, which was held July 24th in Washington, DC.

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Earning College Credit for Prior Learning

Read about CAEL’s online service,, to help people earn college credit for what they already know.

The site offers a prior learning credit predictor to help students determine how much college credit they could earn.

Students can also talk to a Credit Specialist, take a course in portfolio assessment, and assemble their portfolio - all online.