The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) has selected Miami Dade College for a pilot project designed to link workforce systems with community colleges through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) programs for adult learner success. Funded by a grant from the ECMC Foundation, the project builds on existing community-based educational programs to help adult learners pursue postsecondary credentials. In addition, the program places emphasis on college credential completion by leveraging adult learner-focused strategies. PLA enables non-traditional learners to complete training and degree programs sooner by awarding them college credit based on the college- level knowledge, skills and abilities they’ve gained outside of the classroom. “Strengthening relationships between public workforce system partners and community colleges presents a win-win for both and provides greater opportunity to students and jobseekers,” said CAEL CEO and President Pamela Tate. “It also benefits area employers who are struggling to find individuals who possess the skills and credentials they need.”
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