West Virginia, like many states, faced a significant population of adult workers who are underemployed, displaced, seeking career advancement, or in transition from military service. And although these hardworking self-learners possess valuable work and life experience, holding an advanced degree or certification is needed to make a positive transition in the workplace, obtain new employment, or change a career trajectory. To help adult learners get on a path to completion, West Virginia created a task force to help define and implement a program that builds awareness, facilitates information gathering, and streamlines assessment and reporting on experiential learning.
This “Bridging the Gap” Consortium — comprised of West Virginia Community and Technical College System (WVCTCS) nine post-secondary institutions — selected fivestar* to develop a technology-based solution that serves the objectives of driving PLA awareness, managing assessments, and tracking participants in a centralized location. The solution developed gave WVCTCS a highly user-friendly and collaborative interface that supports students, PLA specialists, and advisors — as well as a way for the institutions to effectively promote and manage their credit for prior learning program.
This innovative PLA tracking platform:
- Supports the needs of the adult learner with a comprehensive, hands-on process from initial inquiry and program matching through portfolio creation, review and enrollment
- Connects academic programs with the real-world by matching industry, career, professional and/or subject matter expertise with program areas of study
- Centralizes and streamlines the PLA administration process through a shared, central online workspace that coordinates efforts and generates accurate data reporting at the student, institution and consortium level
- Ensures PLA process quality by enabling professional staff to quickly engage in the process, enter and manage data, and track outcomes every step of the way
The following list showcases what the PLA tracking platform currently includes – but the solution is a platform, which means that it can be customized to accommodate variations based on how your credit for prior learning program works. Designed to accommodate differentiating needs, it can be enhanced with features that your institution requires.
Click on the links below to expand on the features already included in the PLA tracking platform: