Note: This program is open to matriculated students only.
The Life Experience Program is designed to provide
matriculated students with an alternative method of obtaining
college credit. Knowledge acquired from a combination
of work experience, non-credit courses,
seminar training and workshops may translate into
college credit. If you can document your experience
and articulate the learning that resulted, you
may be eligible to receive life experience credit.
The means by which you demonstrate your prior
learning is through a portfolio assessment. The
academic department responsible for the course
you are seeking credit for evaluates the portfolio.
On the average, applicants receive three to nine credits, but
more is possible. Not every course can be
evaluated through the Life Experience Program, and
not every department participates in this program.
The evaluation and granting of Life Experience credit is at the discretion of the academic department chair and faculty. Before you apply, meet with an advisor in the
Office of Continuing Education to determine if
you are a good candidate for the Life
How to Apply for Life Experience Credit
Obtain an application and a college catalog from the
Office of Continuing Education and Summer
Sessions. Only students matriculated in a degree
program at Hudson Valley Community College will
be considered for the Life Experience Program.
Review the courses required in your curriculum outline
and compare the course descriptions with the
knowledge you have gained as a result of your life
Select those courses in which you will be able to
demonstrate your understanding of the subject matter.
The number of credits granted through the Life
Experience Program will be equal to the number of
credits listed in the college catalog for each course.
Submit the application and a copy of your most
recent resume to:
Hudson Valley Community College
Office of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions
Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 231
80 Vandenburgh Avenue
Troy, NY 12180
After we receive your application and resume, it
is forwarded to the appropriate department
chairperson to determine whether or not your
request for credit has merit. If it does, you are
assigned a faculty evaluator and given guidelines for
developing a portfolio.
If you have questions or would like more information about the Life Experience Program, call (518) 629-7338 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students interested in obtaining credit for military experience should
contact the Registrar's Office at (518) 629-4574.