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Life Experience to College Credits Program

//Life Experience to College Credits Program
Life Experience to College Credits Program2018-11-29T12:45:32+00:00

As an adult student, there is an excellent chance that you have acquired specialized college level knowledge on the job for your career. Your life experience and work experience—corporate training, certifications, professional licenses, etc.—can be converted into real college degree credits at Metropolitan College of New York.

Credits for life and work experience can make a degree much more affordable. Using them can help you earn your degree at an accelerated pace—and at considerable tuition savings.

Here’s how it works

Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) embraces the premise that college level learning can occur both in and out of the classrooms, from employment or career training, to community and personal experiences.

This Program is for the student who has…

  • five years’ of experience in the field of study
  • three of the five years must be work related to a Program specific Purpose (area) taught at MCNY
  • good academic standing

Many adult students who come to MCNY do so with specific knowledge/experience that may match college level courses.  The Life Experience to College Credits Program gives students the opportunity to earn 12 to 30 credits maximum by applying their prior life experience toward an Associate or Bachelor’s degree in any of the three Schools of MCNY.

A student enrolled in an Associate Degree Program can earn up to 12 credits. A student enrolled in a Bachelor Degree Program can earn up to 30 credits. There can be no duplication of credits.

Tuition for Life Experience to College Credits

There is a one-time administrative fee of $425 for students who qualify and enroll for the Life Experience to College Credits Program. This fee covers all of the qualifying credits no matter how many credits awarded.

How to Apply

Deadline for submitting application materials: Submissions are due the semester prior to enrollment to the Life Experience to College Credit Program

  1. Letter of Interest to the Program Coordinator
    • The student must submit a formal letter of interest to the Life Experience to College Credit Coordinator for the specific School of interest (Human Services, Business or Emergency Management & Business Continuity Programs).
  2. Essay
    • Write an essay of 350-500 words stating the Purpose you are applying to be exempted. Give a rationale justifying why you are qualified to be exempted from this Purpose. Use specific examples from your work experience, professional certifications, examinations and special training attained. Include your full name, student ID#, e-mail address at MCNY, and phone number.
  3. Resume
    • Submit a functional, to date resume (2 to 3 pages in length). For assistance with your resume, make an appointment with Mr. John Edwards, Director of Career Development Room 631. Your resume must highlight strengths in the field and demonstrates experience in the area for which you are seeking exemption.
  4. Writing sample
    • Attach a written sample, which was part of your course work at MCNY for which you received a high grade. This writing must highlight your writing and research skills. It must include a reference page and demonstrate knowledge of APA citation. Constructive Action documents will not be accepted. You may submit a portion of the Constructive Action. This writing sample should be 3-5 pages.

Employer References

Attach two reference letters from supervisors or directors who know your skills in the area in which you are seeking exemption. This person should:

  1. State your years of experience
  2. Your strengths
  3. Give examples of how you performed your job
  4. List any training that you have had

These letters must be on company letterhead and signed. They should be from employers, not friends.

Make an appointment with an admissions counselor

Here’s how it works.

Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) embraces the premise that college level learning can occur both in and out of the classrooms, from employment or career training, to community and personal experiences.

This Program is for the student who has…

  • five years’ of experience in the field of study
  • three of the five years must be work related to a Program specific Purpose (area) taught at MCNY
  • good academic standing

Many adult students who come to MCNY do so with specific knowledge/experience that may match college level courses.  The Life Experience to College Credits Program gives students the opportunity to earn 12 to 30 credits maximum by applying their prior life experience toward an Associate or Bachelor’s degree in any of the three Schools of MCNY.

A student enrolled in an Associate Degree Program can earn up to 12 credits. A student enrolled in a Bachelor Degree Program can earn up to 30 credits. There can be no duplication of credits.

Tuition for Life Experience Credits 

There is a one-time administrative fee of $425 for students who qualify and are enrolled for Life Experience to College Credits Program. This fee covers all of the qualifying credits no matter how many credits are awarded.

Credits awarded are based on competencies gained and the provision of verifiable evidence of how this relates to college study.

The amount of credits awarded will depend on…

  • degree enrolled
  • extent of the student’s life experiences
  • quality and thoroughness of portfolio

A student accepted into the Life Experience to College Credits Program is required to:

  • take only one online course with the Coordinator
  • under faculty guidance, write a portfolio documenting work experience within the field, and demonstrating how the “experience” directly relates to the Program of study by aligning her/his learning with the course learning objectives/outcomes. This can also include professional certifications, examinations, CLEP, DSST, UExcel or Military experience.

Life Experience credits are awarded because the student successfully documented and demonstrated through his/her portfolio that the learning was accomplished. The development of this portfolio is also a learning experience and it is part of the student’s critical examination, analysis, presentation and documentation of the direct relationship between knowledge and experience(s) and alignment with course learning objectives/outcomes. The student must present a written discussion of how this knowledge was gained with evidence.

The portfolio must include documentation that demonstrates that the learning took place.  While portfolios will vary based on Program and experiences, they must meet the following specific requirements:

  1. The Student will work under the guidance of Faculty in the development of the portfolio;
  2. The Student will assume responsibility for the completion and thoroughness of the portfolio;
  3. In the portfolio, the student will need to provide a learning autobiography to demonstrate to an evaluator that learning occurred through significant life and career events;
  4. The Student should provide an outline of the proposed portfolio to the Coordinator;
  5. The Coordinator will grant the student permission to develop the portfolio based on review and discussion of outline;
  6. The Portfolio must include self-assessment, relevance to purpose, preparation, presentation, and documentation;
  7. Specific documents that should be included are letters, certificates, licenses, CLEP, DSST, UExcel or Military experience and evaluations in support of claim to learning and knowledge reflective of the course learning objectives;
  8. The Portfolio must follow APA format and presented as a business document, and Portfolio must be completed and submitted for review before the end of the semester.

How to Apply

Deadline for submitting application materials:  Submissions are due the semester prior to enrollment to the Life Experience to College Credit Program

1) Letter of Interest to the Program Coordinator

The student must submit a formal letter of interest to the Life Experience to College Credit Coordinator for the specific School of interest (Human Services, Business or Emergency Management & Business Continuity Programs).

2) Essay

Write an essay of 350-500 words stating the Purpose you are applying to be exempted.  Give a rationale justifying why you are qualified to be exempted from this Purpose.  Use specific examples from your work experience, professional certifications, examinations and special training attained. Include your full name, student ID#, e-mail address at MCNY, and phone number.

4) Resume

Submit a functional, to date resume (2 to 3 pages in length). For assistance with your resume, make an appointment with Mr. John Edwards, Director of Career Development Room 631. Your resume must highlight strengths in the field and demonstrates experience in the area for which you are seeking exemption.

4) Writing sample

Attach a written sample, which was part of your course work at MCNY for which you received a high grade. This writing must highlight your writing and research skills.  It must include a reference page and demonstrate knowledge of APA citation. Constructive Action documents will not be accepted.  You may submit a portion of the Constructive Action. This writing sample should be 3-5 pages.

5) Employer References

Attach two reference letters from supervisors or directors who know your skills in the area in which you are seeking exemption.  This person should:

  1. State your years of experience
  2. Your strengths
  3. Give examples of how you performed your job
  4. List any training that you have had

These letters must be on company letterhead and signed.  They should be from employers, not friends.