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POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

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Workplace Credit

Effective Date: April 09, 2015
Policy Number: 1009

Disclaimer: The purpose of Workplace Credit (WC) is to recognize significant technical training and competency attainment (such as Apprenticeships, Professional Licensure or Right Skills Now) that adults have previously mastered through their employment in a technical field, and to award college credit for the competencies attained. Departments will decide which, if any, of their courses qualify for WC. WC at HCC may not transfer to other post secondary institutions. HCC does not accept credit awarded for work experience from other post secondary institutions.

Award of College Credits: Students may receive a maximum of six (6) credit hours towards the completion of a Technical Certificate or a total of twelve (12) credit hours towards an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree. WC must be compatible with courses meeting certificate or AAS degree requirements.

Application Process: To apply for WC, the student must submit the approved HCC Workplace Credit Application Form to employer(s). The form outlines the length of employment, job duties, and technical competencies attained that justify the HCC course(s) to be waived and credit to be transcripted. The form must be signed by an authorized representative from the student's previous/current employer(s). The respective HCC department chair will propose the credit to be awarded to the Vice President of Academic Affairs for approval.

Transcription of Credit: HCC will use a minimum of 250:1 ratio for the transcription of work experience hours completed to credit hours earned. HCC Departments reserve the right to exceed this minimum ratio. The recommended credit will be transcripted as a grade of CR following the student's completion of eight (8) credit hours at HCC with a minimum 2.0 GPA.

Required Approvals:

  1. The student must sign the Workplace Credit Application Form and complete any other documentation as required by the department.
  2. A qualified representative of the employer must sign the employment verification section of the Workplace Credit Form.
  3. The Department Chair and the Vice President of Academic Affairs must sign the form verifying the credit hours to be awarded.

Procedure for Workplace Credit

  • Student creates a portfolio which may include things like: certificates of training, work samples, awards and honors, job descriptions, performance evaluations, samples of work product, or resumes.
  • Student completes their portion of the Workplace Credit form and takes it to their supervisor.
  • The supervisor creates a letter of support and completes the second portion of the Workplace Credit form.
  • The student then submits the contents of the portfolio, letter of support and the Workplace Credit form to their Academic Advisor.  
  • The Advisor submits the documents and form to the appropriate Department Chair. 
  • The Department Chair seeks input from three reviewers (including the appropriate Program Coordinator).  The three reviewers’ results are collected and the equivalent course(s) and credit hour(s) awarded are indicated on the form.  The Program Coordinator and Department Chair sign the form as acceptance. The form and portfolio are then submitted to the Vice President of Academic Affairs.
  • The Vice President of Academic Affairs signs the form as acceptance of the award and forwards all documentation to the Records Office.  If not accepted the form is returned to the Department Chair for student notification.
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