Student Testimonials - Credit for Prior Learning

The Wilmington University students you see below are busy professionals who juggle family and career responsibilities while pursuing their educational goals. Read on to learn about how they took advantage of prior learning assessment to shorten their path to graduation!

David

David

Major: Nursing

Occupation: Registered Nurse

Credits earned from: Professional Certifications

"I was impressed that the training programs that I had completed were recognized and valued by WilmU faculty, and with the time demands of my new position, the mental boost received from earning credit toward my electives was just what I needed."

Jacqueline

Jacqueline

Major: Behavioral Science

Occupation: Employment Services Specialist

Credits earned from: Professional Certifications, Portfolio Assessment

"My biggest obstacles were working full time and being a mother, but the flexible schedule at Wilmington University allowed me to handle them all at the same time. I was able to learn how to successfully articulate what I have learned over my years of working at various organizations. This experience has allowed me to be able to communicate to others the importance of what we learn in our everyday lives, and how it can count towards our educational goals."

Craig

Craig

Major: Accounting and Finance

Occupation: Business Process Analyst in the Banking Industry

Credits earned from: Portfolio Assessment

"I decided to explore COEL as a means to obtain credit for knowledge and experience I have acquired over the last 20+ years. COEL offered me the opportunity to take assessment exams, and complete portfolios demonstrating prior learning, or real life learning achievements. This will enable me to earn my degree approximately 1 full year sooner."

Dawn

Dawn

Major: Studio Production, Digital Film Making Concentration

Occupation: Filmmaker, Business Owner, and the Executive Director of a Nonprofit Organization

Credits earned from: Portfolio Assessment

"The portfolio assessment was perfect for someone in my circumstances because I have several years of experience in my field and the COEL allowed me to prove my knowledge with a written summary and supporting work. Sometimes we know what we know, but it can be challenging to convey it. This was a great tool to help me look over my own experience and identify my strengths and weaknesses."

David

David

Major: Human Resource Management

Occupation: HR Director

Credits earned from: Alternative Providers and ExamsProfessional Certifications

"Being able to receive college credit by testing definitely eased the time crunch. However, that was second to knowing that my previous knowledge of human resources would be recognized based on my HR certifications. I highly recommend Wilmington University to anyone who wants a school that is easy to work with while still giving a quality education."

Margi

Margi

Major: Organizational Management

Occupation: Safety and Security Officer in the Public Transportation Industry

Credits earned from: Professional Certifications

"I was able to transfer 11 credit hours for my professional certifications. This saved me over $3000, which is a lot of money for a single mom. This program also shaved one semester off my completion date." 

Ryan

Ryan

Major: Organizational Management

Occupation: Entrepreneur, Business Consultant, Grant Writer

Credits earned from: Professional CertificationsPortfolio Assessment

"I benefited from PLA and COEL extensively! I was able to eliminate an entire semester from my course load which saved me nearly $5,000!"

Tameka

Tameka

Major: Behavioral Science

Occupation: Family Support Specialist

Credits earned from: Work-Based Trainings

“This opportunity cut down the number of classes I needed to take and is making my college journey a little easier."

Valerie

Valerie

Major: Organizational Dynamics

Occupation: Business Owner and Communications Specialist

Credits earned from: Portfolio Assessment

"I saved about $750 and about 5 weeks. This has been an amazing process and has given me the confidence to move forward in my career."