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Jodie Johnson: Balancing Prior and New Learning

Congratulations to Jodie Johnson, an Interdisciplinary Studies major with concentrations in Religious Studies and Human Studies, who recently completed her Prior Learning Assessment Portfolio. Jodie earned 33 credits based on knowledge she gained through both her professional and personal experiences! She wrote nine PLA essays on the following topics: Interpersonal Communication Business Ethics Real Estate Practices Solving Communication Problems with Technology […]

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Velda Metelmann: 67 Years of Learning

Velda Metelmann recently completed her undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, with concentrations in English Literature & Writing and Human Studies, and is now in a graduate program to earn her Masters! Congratulations, Velda! As part of her undergraduate program, Velda earned 25 credits for the following courses through Prior Learning Assessment: Effective Listening Public Presentations Human Emotion Publications […]

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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 […]

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Stephanie Lillegard: Learning a New Way to Learn

In May 2011. Stephanie Lillegard completed her 30-credit Prior Learning Assessment portfolio. For Stephanie, it was a journey of learning. Stephanie is an Interdisciplinary Studies major with concentrations in Human Sciences and English, Literature, and Writing. She wrote PLA essays on the following topics: ED 109: Library Procedures ED 114: Reference Materials CCM 325: Communication of Self-Esteem […]

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Victoria Hurlock: Establishing a Rhythm

Victoria Hurlock recently completed her PLA Portfolio with 27 credits. Victoria’s major is Communication, and the topics she wrote for were: CCM 321 Small Group Communication CCM 323 Effective Listening CCM 325 Communication of Self-Esteem CCM 337 Gender and Communication CCM 346 Conflict Management COL 340 Organizational Communication COL 426 Team Building MSD 130 Creative Problem-Solving RE 100 […]

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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!). […]

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Christy Dirren: Validate and Celebrate

Christy Dirren, an Organizational Communications major, talks about her experiences in the Prior Learning Assessment program. Christy earned 12 credits toward her Bachelor’s degree by writing essays based on learning from her prior experiences. The PLA topics that Christy wrote for were: Managing Transitions Team Building Principles of Instructional Design Youth Ministry 101 Christy — […]

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Angela Pernisco: An Innovator for the Next Generation

Angela Pernisco, a Psychology major, just completed her PLA portfolio for 15 credits, all in Communications topics: CCM 320 Public Presentations CCM 323 Effective Listening CCM 324 Nonverbal Communication CCM 346 Conflict Management (with the grade of “A”!) CCM 356 Intercultural Communication Angela wrote this in her final Reflection Essay: When I began the PLA process, I thought that […]

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Barbara Eckroad: Tips from a Distance Student

Barbara Eckroad recently submitted her PLA Portfolio for the maximum number of credits allowed — 45! For Barbara, all of that life experience has added up — big time! Barbara is an Interdisciplinary Studies major with concentrations in English, Literature & Writing, Media Studies, and Religious Studies. The topics she wrote for were: LIT 223: Introduction to Literary Genre […]

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Chris Brinks: Becoming More Cognizant Of Learning

Chip Brinks, a Real Estate Studies major from Southern California (with extensive experience in the Real Estate industry), just completed a 33-credit Prior Learning Assessment Portfolio. He wrote for the following topics: BA 238:  Sales / Selling as a Profession RE 140: Intro to Property Management RE 155: Intro to Escrow MSD 117 and 161: Customer […]

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