Learning Portfolios Help Adults Save Time and Money to Get Their Degree

Learning from work may be worth college credit at

(Chicago – August 19, 2013)   –  It’s Back to School time, and while most people think that time of year is just for kids, a new evaluation tool can help adults save time and money and go back to school too, Pamela Tate, CEO and president of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) announced today.  The program assists adults with their educational endeavors, finding practical ways to earn college credit for prior professional experience and skills learned outside the classroom. 

In discussing the program Tate said, “Back to school time is the perfect time for adults to work on advancing their careers.  Thanks to it’s easier than ever for them to see how their prior work and volunteer experience can e used to gain college credit and push them closer to their degrees.  It’s a great time of year when the whole family can be focused on advancing their education.”

According to Tate, learning portfolios are an effective tool for evaluating college level learning acquired outside of traditional academia and helping students earn credits for a college degree in a way that saves time and money while maintaining academic rigor.  Also, bringing all of their rich experience, college-level learning and college courses together to earn credentials and degrees helps adults be more marketable in the workforce.

Barbara Lovas, a 54 year old LearningCounts student who received 24 college credits by preparing a learning portfolio, praised the method for taking into account her 32 years of experience as an interpreter.  “I am so thankful for this opportunity, says Lovas.  “Not only has it allowed me to receive college credit for learning I have gained from my many years of experience and training, but it has also given me an opportunity to document my life experiences that relate to my career goals.  The outcome has been priceless.” 

Concluded Tate, “Back to school time can also mean more flexibility for parents who may now have more time available during the day when their children are in school.  A LearningCounts portfolio can help them not only get the credit they need, but allow them  to work on their own time in a way that is most convenient for them.”

The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization based in Chicago, Illinois that assists adults with their educational endeavors, finding practical ways to transfer prior professional experiences and skills learned outside the classroom to college course credit and the completion of a postsecondary degree. is managed by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), and operates with support from Lumina Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the State Street Foundation, the Houston Endowment, USA Funds, and Brown Foundation. 


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