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Academic Affairs - Lifelong Learning Program

This guide provides information for students and chairs on the lifelong learning credit program at the college. Students can review the eligibility, portfolio, and submission information. Chairs can review the evaluation process and rubric.

At Central Penn College, we know that learning does not always happen in the classroom, and we want to recognize our students’ dedication to lifelong growth, development, and improvement. This is why we created the Lifelong Learning (LLL) Credit Program and established a rigorous portfolio application process for applicants to complete. Portfolios are reviewed and evaluated by experts in the classroom and in the discipline.


In order to be eligible for the program, students must

  • be enrolled / enrolling in a program at the associate, bachelor's or Masters degree levels. 
  • have five or more years of consecutive, relevant work / life experience. 
  • submit a portfolio within the first two terms of enrollment of the college.


If eligible, students may apply for several credits depending on their degree-level

  • Associate degree-seeking students can earn a maximum of 9 credits.
  • Bachelor’s degree-seeking students can earn a maximum of 18 credits.
  • Master's degree-seeking students can earn a maximum of 9 credits. 

Those courses approved for Lifelong Learning are charged at one-third the tuition rate. 


Students applying should know that credits earned through work / life experience are

  • not included in the cumulative grade point average (GPA).
  • used in determining the student’s satisfactory progress.
  • considered transfer credits and will be included in the total possible credits attained.


When creating a portfolio, please keep in mind 

  • only courses listed in the most current catalog may be petitioned or challenged for credit.
  • credits are only applicable to core courses within each specified discipline and is therefore not applicable to general education courses or requirements, electives, co-curricular offerings, internships, capstones, and the like. 
  • if a comparable College Level Examination Program (CLEP) examination is available, students must use CLEP testing as it is more appropriate for the foregoing classification of academic courses. 
  • competency testing may be required in addition to proof of work / life experience.


For more information on the submission process and/or to start the application process, please use the tabs on the navigation menu.