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Prior Learning

Prior Learning

Southwestern College recognizes that not all learning takes place in a classroom. Students interested in developing a prior learning portfolio can demonstrate learning from a variety of experiences such as work and volunteer experience, training, and travel. Southwestern has partnered with LearningCounts, an organization that is dedicated to assisting students develop portfolios for review to earn college credit.

Learning Counts is part of the Council on Adult Experiential Learning (CAEL)organization. Southwestern College will accept in transfer the credit recommendations from the Learning Counts transcript. Please visit for more information about earning credit for what you know. Southwestern College charges no fee for this option; however, charges varying fees for different levels of service.

Credits earned through the portfolio process are graded satisfactory (S) and count towards graduation, but do not count towards the 30 hours required at Southwestern College.