Amy Sherman,Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, on the Importance of College Attainment in Seattle Region
Rep. Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney Advocates for Prior Learning
Melinda Nichols, Apprenticeship Program Manager, Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, on the Importance of Prior Learning to Apprenticeship Community
Prior Learning Forum
Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due: Policy Strategies for Turning Life Experience Into College Credit
Prior learning assessments, or PLAs, measure what a student has learned outside of the college classroom, evaluate whether that learning is college level, and then determine the equivalent number of college credits. However, prior learning policy is not uniform across the state community college system. The 3-hour forum explored how other states have addressed this issue and efforts to move toward a more uniform approach.
The lead presenters were Amy Sherman, Associate Vice President for Policy and Strategic Alliances at the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) and Becky Nickoli, Ivy tech Community College, Indiana (below). State policymakers, former students, community and career college leaders participated in two panel discussions. Thank you for your participation!
(From left: Jill Wakefield- Chancellor, Seattle Community College District; Diane Troyer- Educational Consultant; Rep. Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney; Maureen Conway- Aspen Institute. Standing: Nancy Yamamoto, Senior Policy Analyst, City of Seattle Office of Economic Development)
(From Left: Michelene Felker-Shoreline CC Career Navigator; Jaime Bennett-Graduate, Shoreline CC CNC Machinist program; Maureen Conway- Aspen Institute. Standing: Holly Moore, Moderator)
2009 Port Jobs Forums
Port Jobs & SkillUp Washington held exciting policy forums and discussions with distinguished speakers from around the country in June and December 2009. Click here for program materials and participant information.
2010 SkillUp Forums
August 9, 2010 - North Seattle Community College A panel of local/national speakers discussed how service integration can be efficient and successful. The program took place during the launch of the Opportunity Center on the campus of North Seattle Community College.