Gary Taylor served in the military and worked as a police officer after graduating from Burlington High School in 1973. He didn’t think a college degree was all that important. Taylor grew up in a blue collar family with a father who believed that if you didn’t work with your hands, it didn’t count as work.
In a cozy room at CCV-Middlebury, Farhad and Amtul Khan sit side by side, nervous and eager in equal measure—they’ve ducked in out of the rain to talk about why this place means so much to them.
Kimberly Bourbeau is the bookkeeper for her family’s Sheldon, Vermont dairy and maple syrup businesses, and she is a 2016 graduate of CCV.
Community College of Vermont’s Assessment of Prior Learning (APL) course added another 13 students to its completion ranks on May 6, all of them Comcast employees.
“For years I have been interested in revisiting a return to higher education,” said Travis Miller, a Customer Care Supervisor, “and this presented the perfect opportunity to do so.”
The adage goes: if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. And that’s what most people would think when they hear that it’s possible to earn thousands of dollars’ worth of college credits in fifteen weeks’ time for about $1,000. But they’d be wrong.
Gabrielle Dietzel, coordinator of assessment services for the Office of External Programs, was recently invited to present two workshops at the “Achieving the Dream” faculty conference in Honolulu, sponsored by the University of Hawaii. Dietzel’s presentations focused on methods to evaluate prior, college-level learning gained by adult students through professional experience, community activities, independent study, the military, or training programs.
The VSC’s Assessment of Prior Learning program (APL), housed at CCV, is nationally recognized as a trailblazer for offering an integrated APL course to students pursuing post-secondary degrees, saving students both time and money.