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Credit for Work Experience

General Information

Assessment of Documented Work Experience is the process of organizing and evaluating learning acquired outside of the classroom for the purpose of awarding college credit. Students, who have acquired college-level learning through documented experiences, present evidence to an evaluator who examines the student's knowledge and compares it to that acquired in regular MCC coursework. College credit is awarded if student knowledge is judged to be the equivalent to the course petitioned.

The student requesting work experience credit prepares a portfolio documenting his/her experiences and supporting the request for credit with appropriate evidence. The portfolio is a formal document that defines learning acquired through non-college experiences. The portfolio is an exercise in self-evaluation and requires the student to relate past learning experiences to current educational goals. Students must demonstrate the ability to organize documentation in an orderly and systematic manner. Clear, concise writing is essential.


  • The student contacts the Campus Student Services Office to learn the requirements and procedures for requesting credit for work experience (must be currently enrolled).
  • The Student is referred to the appropriate academic dean to discuss the guidelines for developing a portfolio.
  • The student obtains a copy of the course outline(s) from the dean’s associate for courses where work experience credit is desired.  
  • The student submits the completed portfolio to the appropriate academic dean’s office for review and decision regarding award of credit.
  • The student will be informed of the results of the review conducted by Academic dean.
  • The appropriate signed paperwork will be forwarded to the Records Office for posting to the student's permanent record (official transcript). The portfolio will be kept in the Academic dean’s office unless the student requests that it be returned.

Portfolio Preparation

Portfolio preparation is the structured experience of systematically collecting and organizing work experience for possible award to credit. The portfolio is part of the student's formal request for Credit Work Experience. The portfolio must contain all of the documentation the student has prepared to support his/her request for credit.

The portfolio usually consists of the following sections:

  • Cover Letter – a description of the course (s) for which credit is requested and a description of how the request for credit relates to educational and career goals.
  • Work Experience Narrative – a description of relevant work experiences as it relates to the request for credit.
  • Current Resume
  • Documentation – this is the most important part of the portfolio. The documentation must be organized consistent with the course objectives of the MCC course outline. All relevant learning experiences must be detailed and appropriate evidence provided. See the following item on documentation for a complete description of documentation requirements.
  • Course Outline(s) – include a copy of the MCC course outline for all courses for which credit is being requested.

Documentation Requirements

The student must document how he/she met each of the objectives for the course. The documentation should include a description of the work experience relevant to each objective and may include descriptions of vendor, service, or in-house training classes that are related. If the student has copies of certificates from the training classes, copies should be attached. The student should include examples of his/her work when possible. These will be returned to the student if requested.

The student must obtain a letter on company letterhead from his/her supervisor verifying work experience used as portfolio documentation.

Documentation of work experiences can take many forms. Documentation which is clearly related to and identified with course objectives is best. The following are examples of good documentation.

  • License supported by performance standards for acquiring the license.
  • Samples of work produced. Certificates of completion and grades obtained in service schools.
  • Evidence of training undertaken and completed with description of objectives achieved and learning outcomes.
  • Evaluation instruments and grades achieved in non-college courses and training.
  • Books or articles published.
  • Lectures given on specific subjects, with evaluations.
  • Applicable portfolio(s) previously prepared.
  • Documented and validated volunteer work.

The following are examples of acceptable documentation, but evidence not as good as listed above listed items.

  • Job Descriptions
  • Promotion evaluations
  • Service schools attended, courses completed
  • Proposals written

Some learning experiences will be difficult to document, particularly if the experience was a long time ago, or if the organization providing the experience has closed and records are not available. In cases like this, it is better to concentrate on recent learning experiences that can be documented.

The focus of documentation should be on quality not quantity. A few pieces of strong documentation are much better than a box of incomplete and inappropriate evidence.

To see an example of what information is required to receive work experience credit for Human Relations Skills (HMRL 1010), please click here.


  • Credit for "Documented Work Experience" is only available for classes listed in the current college catalog.
  • Work experience credit is not available for any course for which a proficiency exam exists.
  • Credit earned through "Documented Work Experience" or "Course Proficiency Examinations" are generally not transferable to another institution on a course-by-course basis.

Course Summary

Courses listed below are not available for work experience credit.

ACCT 1050 BSAD 1000 FINA 2310 INFO 1212
ACCT 1100 BSAD 2100 FINA 2320 INFO 1213
ARCH 1100 CHEM 121C FINA 2330 INFO 1215
ARCH 1110 CHEM 122C FINA 2940 INFO 1311
ARTS any course with a portfolio CHEM 2310 HIMS 1120 All LAWS courses
AUTB 1000 CHEM 232C HMSV 2120 All LPNS courses
AUTB 1100 CHEM 233C HMSV 2992 MATH 1220
AUTB 1110 CHRM 2900 HMSV 2993 MATH 1240
AUTB 1200 All DENT courses HMSV 2994 MATH 1260
AUTB 1210 DRAF 1100 HMSV 2995 MATH 1310
AUTB 1220 EIMA 1100 HMSV 2996 MATH 1420
AUTB 2120 EIMA 1110 HORT 1100 All NURS courses
AUTB 2230 EIMA 1310 HVAC 1000 PHYS 210C
AUTB 2240 EIMA 2110 HVAC 1010 & higher PHYS 211C
AUTB 2241 All ESLX courses INFO 1003 All RDLS courses
AUTB 2300 FINA 2200 INFO 1005 All RESP courses
AUTB 2310 FINA 2209 INFO 1023 SPAN 2110
AUTB 2450 FINA 2210 INFO 1110 SPAN 2120
BIOS 1010 FINA 2230 INFO 1210 All WELD courses
BIOS 1050      

Academic Deans may limit the number of courses for which an individual student may receive work experience credit.

If a course Proficiency Exam exists work credit experience is not available.

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