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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Free Members Only Webinar: Experimental Sites Initiative (ESI)

September 03, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Join CAEL and the Department of Education on September 3, 2014, 2:30- 3:30 p.m. CST for a webinar discussion of the new Experimental Sites Initiative from the July 31, 2014 Federal Register. This initiative will allow a limited number of institutions to apply to participate in four experiments to test alternative methods for administering the title IV, HEA programs.

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.
August 13, 2014

Beef Up Job Skills Without Going Deeper Into Student Loan Debt

US World and News Report

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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.