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You Deserve Credit

South Central College gives you credit for qualifying previous work and life experience shortening your path to graduation. Give yourself credit for how far you’ve come and how far you’ll go. Students may bring a wealth of experiences—from the workplace and community and volunteer activities—to the classroom. We value the learning you have acquired outside of the classroom, and we offer ways to turn those experiences into credit by demonstrating what you know.

CPL is ideal for:

  • Displaced workers
  • Military veterans
  • Working professionals
  • Stay-at-home parents
  • Returning students

You may receive credit based on:

  • Work experience and job skills
  • Employer training programs
  • Volunteer or community service
  • Open-source courses or self-study
  • Military education and occupations

Benefits of Prior Learning:

  • Save time: Shorten the time for you to graduate.
  • Save money: Take advantage of significant savings on tuition costs.
  • Gain understanding: Recognize the value of your acquired learning through your non-academic knowledge.
  • Value knowledge: Earning credit through CPL helps you find value in lifelong experiential learning.

How do you apply for your prior learning for credit?

Start Your CPL Journey Here!

Or connect with a CPL Advisor to set a time to walk you through the process. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 507-389-7394 to learn more.

What Students Say:

Jen Epper Photo“With the Credit for Prior Learning program, I am able to complete my degree a year earlier than anticipated. Returning to college as a nontraditional student was pretty intimidating, but it was great to get credit for all my years of experience in my current job. Qualifying for this program has also saved me money on tuition, which is great for nontraditional students with families. I am now ready to advance my career, and the South Central College Credit for Prior Learning has made that possible." See Jennifer's video.

- Jennifer Epper, Marketing Management Student


Jeremy DePew Photo“After working professionally as an in-house designer for several years, I decided a degree would increase my mobility in a competitive job market. Getting credit for my previous learning and skill set allowed me to start in the second year of my program, where I would be challenged by the more advanced design curriculum. I was twenty-something at the time, working 40 hours a week, and was grateful that South Central College offered a program that accommodated my lifestyle. It was a great experience and the degree has unlocked new opportunities.”

- Jeremy DePew, Graphic Communications Graduate


Jordan Schoener Photo“Getting college credit for what I learned in industry and in the military enabled me to take fewer classes each semester, work a full-time job and still get my degree done on time.” See Jordan's Video.

- Jordan Schoener, Machining Graduate