Non-College Education and Training - FAQ's

Military

How do I request my military transcript?
Army, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard – You may now request your military transcript via the Joint Services Transcript portal at https://jst.doded.mil/. You will need to create a username and password to access the site. For Air Force (CCAF) transcripts  go to www.au.af.mil/au/barnes/ccaf/transcripts.asp.

What if I don’t have a military transcript?
If military transcripts are unavailable, you may submit DD Form 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) in addition to Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) and copies of non-commissioned officer enlisted evaluations

Workplace Education and Training

How do I find out if my training has earned ACE college credit recommendations?
The National Guide to College Credit for Workforce contains ACE credit recommendations for formal courses or examinations offered by various organizations, from businesses and unions to the government and military. You can access the National Guide online to view courses and examinations that have been reviewed by ACE for college credit recommendations as well as a list of all organizations that have undergone an ACE CREDIT course or exam review.

Do I automatically earn college credit when I successfully complete a course or examination that has been reviewed by ACE?
No. Successful completion of such a course or examination results in actual course credit only when the course is accepted toward a certificate, diploma or degree at SCC. If you have already taken one of the courses or examinations, or plan to take one, you should contact the SCC CPL coordinator to determine the acceptability of the course for academic credit.

How can I get documentation of ACE college credit recommendations for workplace training that I have earned?
You can request an ACE transcript to document your workplace learning through the ACE CREDIT Registry and Transcript System. The ACE credit transcript lists all ACE college credit recommendations for completed courses, examinations and/or apprenticeships that have been reviewed by ACE credit.

Do I get credit for life and work experience?
Academic credit results from knowledge demonstrated at the college level, and your knowledge may be a result of your work and life experiences. This knowledge must fit the equivalent of a college course taught at SCC and meet the requirements of your degree program.

Licensure or Industry Certification

Is My Credential Eligible for Credit?

  • Do you have a professional license or credential issued by a governmental agency or professional organization?
  • Did you take a proctored exam to earn it?
  • Is information available about the content of the exam?
  • Do you think the credentialing process verified college-level learning?
  • Does your credential align with your SCC degree program?

If you answered "yes" to the above questions, consider pursuing credit for your credential.

High School

Is taking college level courses while in High School right for everyone?
Before participating in concurrent enrollment students should consult their high school guidance counselor to check how dual enrollment courses will apply to high school graduation and scholarships. Students should also check with a college academic advisor to ensure these dual enrollment courses will apply toward a SCC degree program.
Students should understand that concurrent enrollment courses are college courses. The amount of work necessary to succeed in dual enrollment courses may be much greater than in other high school courses.

What is PSEO?
Post-secondary Education Options is an opportunity for eligible high school students to enroll in SCC courses that earn credits simultaneously for both their high school diploma and their college degree. In 1985, the Minnesota Legislature passed Minnesota Statute 124.09D to promote rigorous course taking and improve student transitions to postsecondary education.

What types of courses can a PSEO student take?
Eligible PSEO students can take a range of classes, including general education, and career and technical courses. General education course examples include English, calculus, biology, political science, art history and psychology. Career and technical courses focus on preparing students for specific occupations and can lead to a certificate, diploma or associate degree.

How much does PSEO cost?
Under the PSEO program the cost of tuition, fees and books are covered for students who are also earning high school credit. Consumable supplies specifically required for a class, such as art supplies and film, also are paid. The program does not cover general school supplies, such as notebooks, pens, pencils or non-consumable supplies, such as calculators, instrument rental or uniforms.

Can I take fully online college courses as PSEO?
Yes, PSEO allows eligible students to take SCC online college courses taught by a college faculty member.

What happens if I don’t pass a PSEO course?
That is a risk for students in this program. If a class required for high school graduation is not successfully completed, the student might not be able to graduate with his or her high school class. In addition, a grade non-passing will be recorded on your permanent college transcript.

Is there a limit to the number of credits a student can take through PSEO?
Under Minnesota Statute 124.09D, participating ninth-grade students are limited to the equivalent of four academic years of PSEO participation. Tenth-grade students are limited to the equivalent of three academic years of PSEO participation. Eleventh-grade students are limited to two academic years of PSEO participation. High school seniors are limited to the equivalent of one academic year of PSEO participation.

What is Tech Prep?
Tech Prep allows you to earn high school and college credit at the same time (this is called Dual Credit) for successfully completing certain Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses at your high school. The courses are taught at the high school, but are considered part of your college degree or certificate program which aligns with a program of study at SCC.

Is there an age requirement for when I can begin earning Tech Prep college credits?
Tech Prep classes are a part of your school district’s regular Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes.  You are eligible to begin earning Tech Prep credit anytime between 9-12th grade when you are currently enrolled in an eligible CTE course.

Can I get credit for my class from multiple colleges at the same time?
No. When a Tech Prep class is available for credit at more than one college, you must choose which college you would like to receive credit from. You cannot receive credit for the same class at two colleges.

Badges

What is a badge?
A badge is a digital representation of mastery of a skill, achievement, outcome, competency, as well as verification of a technical competence through projects, programs, courses, assessments, and other activities.

  • badges can represent knowledge, competencies and involvements
  • badges can recognize experiences gained online
  • each badge is represented as an image plus some data
    • the data describes what the badge represents, who earned it and who awarded it
  • earners can display their badges online and share them via social networks

Can I earn multiple badges?
Yes. Badges can be awarded for a potentially limitless set of individual skills—regardless of where each skill is developed—and a collection of badges can begin to serve as a virtual resume of competencies and qualities for key stakeholders including peers, schools, or potential employers.
There is no limit to the number of badges you can earn, and you can choose to earn badges in a variety of different competencies. You can even dive deeper into a specific subject to gain “Expert” status.

How are badges that I earn verified?
The badge itself is more than a static image or button. Its value comes from the information, or “metadata,” attached to it. When you share or display your badge, anyone who clicks on the badge will be able to see detailed information about the learning and time commitment you invested to earn your badge, including information about the badge issuer. The metadata behind each badge includes:

    • Information about the badge issuer
    • How and when the badge was earned
    • Links back to artifacts, documents, or testimonials demonstrating the work that led to earning the badge
    • Authentication back to the issuer and any relevant badge standards

This supporting data reduces the risk of "gaming" the system and builds in an implicit validation system. The metadata may vary based on the particular skill, assessment, and issuer. Viewed in this context, the faculty will understand that the badge you've shared is an authenticated credential. 

Are Badges ‘transferable’?
Badges are issued with a learner’s individual identifier ‘baked’ into it. So if anyone tries to take your badge and put it in their backpack, it’s not going to work. It’ll be rejected.

How do I know someone hasn’t just bought a badge?
An Open Badge is a metadata-infused credential. A combination of the Criteria URL and the Evidence URL should validate the badge. The Criteria URL states what the earner had to do in order to be issued the badge, and the Evidence URL points to work done in order to get the badge. The anatomy of a badge includes the badge name, description, criteria, issuer, evidence, date issued, standards and tags.

 

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