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Not all learning is done in the classroom.

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is a term used to describe learning gained outside of a traditional academic environment.
It is learning and knowledge that people acquire while living their lives: working, serving in the military, studying independently, volunteering or doing community service, participating in employer training programs and studying open source courseware. In short, PLA is the evaluation and assessment of an individual's life learning for college credit, certification, or advanced standing toward further education or training. GCC grants credit for learning which has taken place outside of educational institutions to enable students to complete degree and certificate programs more rapidly and without repetition when they have already acquired knowledge or skills relevant to their programs of study.
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL)

PLA Frequently Asked Questions
PLA Guidelines/Eligibility
PLA Application for Credit by Examination
PLA Application for Recognition of Prior Learning
GCC Board of Trustees PLA Policy

GCC's Prior Learning Assessment evaluation processes include:
  • Departmental Challenge Exams
  • Transfer of credit from other institutions
  • Credit articulated through PLA
               Prior Learning Assessment FEES
 Fee  Amount     Comments
 Assessment Request
 $25.00     per request
 CPL Credit Award
    of prevailing resident tuition rate
 Challenge Exams
    per exam, for paper or
    computer-based exam
 Practical Exam
 $100.00     per practical exam
Note: No charge for CLEP, AP, credit via formal agreements, or military credit.
In addition to PLA at GCC, a variety of practices exist for awarding credit for learning which has taken place outside of higher educational institutions. These include, but are not limited to: 
The American Council on Education: Military and Corporate
National College Credit Recommendation Service
Standardized Examinations such as AP, CLEP, DSST, and Excelsior College Exams

For more information on Prior Learning Assessment at Guam Community College,
please contact the Office of the Registrar:
Phone: 735-5561
email: gcc.registrar@guamcc.edu

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