For the City Times
WISCONSIN RAPIDS – Mid-State Technical College is hosting an informational session for students who would like to earn college credit for their life and military experience. Part of the College’s Credit for Prior Learning program, the “Get Credit” event will be offered on Tuesday, Jan. 9, on the College’s Stevens Point campus, and Wednesday, Jan. 10, on the Marshfield campus. The $30 college application fee is waived at the event.
The Get Credit event answers questions about the types of experience that may qualify for credit and shows how the program saves students money on tuition and other school expenses. Representatives from Mid-State will also be on hand to offer tips and assistance with applying for financial aid.
A 2010 study from the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning stated that students who receive credit for prior learning are two times more likely to graduate, and 63 percent are more likely to persist in their program of study. According to Emily Whitcomb, Mid-State’s Credit for Prior Learning coordinator, another major benefit is the cost savings. “The shorter time to a degree saves money on tuition, but it also gets you back into the workforce that much sooner with a degree that leads to higher pay, so the savings are really amplified.”
To have transfer credit evaluated at the event, attendees should bring unofficial transcripts from any institutions previously attended. Former and current service members should bring an unofficial copy of their Joint Services Transcript or Air Force Community College transcript, or a copy of their DD214. Anyone with prior life or military experience is encouraged to attend and should register in advance at www.mstc.edu/getcredit.