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PLACE (Prior Learning Activity for Credit Evaluation) is a NOVA program for adults who have gained college-level learning through work, volunteer activities, participation in civic and community assignments, travel, independent study and similar life experiences.

In order to convert this college-level experiential learning into college credit, students must enroll in the one-credit SDV 298 PLACE course. This course assists students in assembling a portfolio of evidence of their learning. Completed portfolios are assessed by designated faculty who may recommend the awarding of credits.

Students can earn up to 15 semester credits in associate's degree programs or 10 semester credits in eligible certificate programs through the portfolio process.

Every student’s situation is different. Please speak with a Prior Learning Assessment Specialist, counselor, or your academic advisor to make sure the PLACE course is a good option for you.

More information can be found in the Prior Learning Manual.

Before proceeding with any prior learning options, please speak with your advisor or counselor to confirm the best option for your personal situation.