How to Make PLA Work for your Program
Introduction to Prior Learning Assessment and Its Benefits

Facilitated by
Wilson Finch, VP Consulting,
The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL)

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Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021, 1:00-2:30pm


While it has been around for many decades, PLA has been an increasingly utilized tool to help adult learners access and succeed in higher education.  This webinar will introduce the concepts behind PLA, what it includes and does not include, the latest national research concerning its outcomes for students and institutions, and how South Seattle is enhancing and improving its PLA program in two degrees.

The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) was founded to help organizations succeed by providing expertise, resources, and solutions that effectively support adult learners as they navigate on- and off-ramps between education and employment. We partner with entities across the adult learner ecosystem to help create actionable career pathways along the journey of lifelong learning and meaningful work.

Recent PLA Research:

PLA Materials and Forms

Process Map
Prior Learning Assessment Fee Structure
Student Portfolio Application
Release Form

Please mark your calendar and be there!

For more information, please contact Judy Reed, Grant manager/MOET Advisor at, or Yilin Sun, District Faculty Development at