Students may earn college credit for specific learning that they have achieved through life and work experiences.  Through completion of a Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Portfolio, a student may demonstrate that his or her life and work experience is equivalent to the learning outcomes of certain courses.  Faculty with expertise in the course subject area assess the PLA Portfolios and award credit, where merited, for college-level learning, characterized by a balance of theory and practice, derived from experience. Credit is only awarded for learning and not for experience.