PLA Plays a Part in Jeffery’s Bucket List

Jeffery Temple, a Business Management major, completed his Credit for Prior Learning Portfolio earning 43 credits towards his undergraduate degree.  Congratulations, Jeffery!

In reflecting on the knowledge he gained through his professional and personal experiences, Jeffery knows that strong communication skills have been key—especially in his roles as a manager, husband and father. The topics he wrote for are:

  • PSY 222 Family and Intimate Relationships
  • SP 105 Listening
  • MSD 117 Customer Relations
  • MSD 279 Project Management
  • CCM 347 Negotiation
  • CCM 346 Conflict Management
  • COL 426 Team Building
  • CCM 322 Interpersonal Communication
  • COL 432 Leadership Communication
  • COL 340 Organizational Communication
  • MGMT 100 The Business Environment
  • CMST 230 Small Group Communication

Jeffery shares highlights of his CPL journey and gives quality tips to future students who want to earn college credit by tapping into their experiential learning.

PLA: A Labor of Love for Sue Kloster

Sue Kloster, a Communication Studies major with a concentration in Training & Development, completed her PLA Portfolio at Marylhurst University over a five-year span, earning a total of 30 credits! With Sue’s rich work experience, she was able to challenge courses in her major on topics that she already uses on a daily basis and could document extensively. They include:

BUS 400 Personal Ethics in Organizations
COL 340 Organizational Communication
COL 432 Leadership Communication
CTD 440 Principles of Instructional Design
CTD 446 Helping Adults Learn
CTD 448 High Impact Training Materials
CCM 311 The Art of Purposeful Interviewing
CCM 323 Effective Listening
CCM 324 Nonverbal Communication
CCM 420 Professional Presentations

As Sue reflected on PLA, she revealed how important it was to her personal learning journey:

“I absolutely love the feeling of acknowledgment and validation I got from the prior learning assessment process. It has made me appreciate how much learning is available outside the academic environment for those who embrace and pursue it….  The PLA program, like many of the courses I have taken at Marylhurst, has taught me more about myself than any other single thing. It has been hard and wonderful.”

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Greg Carradine: He Learned A Lot In High School (Working There!)

Greg Carradine, a Human Communication major, recently completed his 32-credit Prior Learning Assessment Portfolio — Congratulations, Greg!

Greg used his personal experiences as well as those from his professional life as a high school teacher and athletic coach to demonstrate his college-level competency for these courses:

  • Effective Listening
  • Small Group Communication
  • Conflict Management
  • Nonverbal Communication
  • Planning & Facilitating Difficult Group Discussions
  • Communication of Self-Esteem
  • Team Building
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Poverty and Schooling

In his Final Reflection Essay, Greg wrote, in part, “I learned how to analyze and evaluate theoretical texts from scholarly sources and to apply this material to my own life experience.  Organizing my essays produced a continuum, and with the completion of each paper the method became smoother.”  

Catherine Hooper: Learning to Dream Again

Catherine Hooper, an Organizational Communications major at Marylhurst University, recently finished her 9-credit PLA Portfolio for the following topics:

  • COL 427 Great Meetings: Planning and Facilitating Difficult Group Discussion
  • CCM 321 Small Group Communication
  • COL 426 Team Building: Managing Work Groups

In her Final Portfolio Reflection essay, Catherine wrote:

The PLA program was especially valuable to me because it provided tools to help me find what I was interested in and did well at, and then matched that to a degree program. Education is valuable and I have always wanted to complete my bachelor’s degree; the PLA program created an environment where experience and education are combined to build a strong resume and a sound career path while working on my degree.

Through the PLA program I learned to dream again and think about my future in a more creative way. It offered me opportunities to remember where I had been and what I had done in life and how that has molded me into the person I am today. PLA then helped me take that awareness to develop an educational degree plan that truly excited me.

Congratulations, Catherine!

Helen Fern: Informed by Life Experience

Helen is a Human Studies major, and she earned credit through the PLA program for the following courses:

  • Introduction to Photography
  • Mushroom Identification and Taxonomy
  • Anasazi Archeology
  • Conflict Management
  • Effective Listening
  • Psychology of Loss and Grief

Three of these topics were grounded in her hobbies and avocations (she has some great mushroom recipes and some amazing photographs!). All were deeply informed by her life experience.