The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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August 20, 2013

Life and work experiences can help earn degree

Many adults do not realize they may be eligible to receive college credits for life and work experiences that can help them earn a Board of Governors Associate of Applied Science degree.

In September, New River Community and Technical College will host a series of information sessions at its five locations to provide information about how the Board of Governors degree program works.

Peggy Epling, director of New River’s Center for Advanced Studies, and Candice Stadler, director of career services, will visit each location to provide information to current and former students and the general public.

The Board of Governors Associate of Applied Science Degree is a statewide, nontraditional program specifically devised for adult learners to meet occupational goals and employment requirements, to establish professional credentials, or to achieve personal goals.

This degree program provides the opportunity for adult learners to gain credit for earlier learning experiences via licenses, certificates, military duty and other non-collegiate sources, while assuring maximum credit transferability.

The degree can save countless hours and dollars by awarding college credit for work and life experiences via a portfolio. Adults can construct an individualized educational degree plan by combining previously earned college credits; credit earned for work and life experiences; credits awarded through standardized testing (CLEP, DANTES, etc.); or traditional or distance courses offered through West Virginia’s community and technical colleges.

The Board of Governors Associate of Applied Science degree requires 60 credit hours. These hours include 21 credit hours of General Education courses in communications, social science, computer literacy, and math/science. The remainder consists of 39 credit hours of general electives that may be met through an individual education plan.

In conjunction with this event, New River’s Office of Career Services will be hosting a “Coffee, Cookies and Career Services.” Anyone seeking information about services provided in the Office of Career Services is encouraged to attend. Services include: career counseling, job search prep (resume writing, mock interviews, etc.) and more.

The schedule for the sessions is:

Sept. 5, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Nicholas County Campus, Summersville, Student Center area

Sept. 11, 1– 2:30 p.m., Advanced Technology Center, Ghent, Student Lounge area

Sept. 12, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Beckley Campus, Harper Industrial Park, Room C-7

Sept. 17, 5 - 6:30 p.m. Greenbrier Valley Campus, Lewisburg, Student Center area

Sept. 23, 5 - 6:30 p.m., Mercer County Campus, Princeton, Room 201

For further information, contact Epling at 304-929-5027 or Candice Stadler at 304-929-5020.


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