Aloha from Hawaii Community College.
Have you ever wondered whether your previous work, military, or volunteer experiences can
count towards college credit? You have come to the right place to learn
about Prior Learning Assessment also known as PLA.
Not all learning takes place in the classroom, Hawaii Community College recognizes that you
might have gained significant knowledge through your previous employment, military service,
independent study or personal life experiences that are equivalent to college level work.
PLA is a way to evaluate what you have learned in the past. If you can show that you have
already learned the equivalent of what’s taught in a class offered at Hawaii Community College
you might be able to get credit for it. Hawaii Community College offers up to 30 credits
through PLA towards earning your degree. There are 3 ways to earn PLA credit at Hawaii Community
College: credit by institutional challenge exam, standardized testing, non-collegiate
sponsored education. Want to learn more? Are you ready to explore
how your prior learning can launch your college education? Contact one of our PLA advisers
or explore our website at hawaii.hawaii.edu/PLA for more information on Prior Learning Assessment.