LEWISTON – As part of its adult learner initiative to meet the needs of working adults, Lewis-Clark State College is offering a new portfolio development course to give individuals the opportunity and necessary instruction to document and demonstrate with success the college-level skills they learned on the job. or outside the traditional higher education process and earn college credit for it.
LC State has offered a type of portfolio class on and off for almost three decades, but only for specific subject credits. The new portfolio class is for all majors and minors, including vocational and technical education, offered at LC State. A student can earn up to 25 percent of an associate’s or bachelor’s degree, depending on the major, and put them on track to graduate.
The portfolio development course will run from January 18 to March 11, 2022 and will cost $ 50. University credit is also available for the eight-week online course, which will not have a scheduled meeting time, but instead allows students to work at their own pace and meet with the instructor and faculty for further study. to help. At the end of the eight weeks, the goal is for the student to build a portfolio demonstrating that they have achieved established learning outcomes that are equivalent to college courses. Students can acquire knowledge and skills through experiential opportunities, such as jobs, training or life experiences.
A student can earn college credit by documenting and demonstrating their understanding of learning outcomes and goals consistent with course outcomes. A student should be able to demonstrate knowledge of at least 70 percent of the learning outcomes of a related college course, which may include theoretical or conceptual knowledge as well as the application of subject-specific principles.
At the end of the course, the portfolio is submitted to the appropriate division for review by professors with expertise in the subject. Once examined, the student will be informed of the results. If the portfolio demonstrates college-level learning sufficiently equivalent to the specific learning outcomes, the notification will include the number of credits / classes that can be awarded. As per sister institutions of LC State Idaho, a transcription fee of $ 75 per class will be charged if students wish to list them on an official LC State transcript.
Fred Chilson, acting vice president of academic affairs and dean of graduate studies at LC State, said the college launched its most recent initiative for adult learners as the COVID-19 pandemic struck in 2020. Since then then college officials had time to work on the portfolio course to meet the needs of adult workers, military personnel and others. Luther Maddy, Acting Dean of the School of Professional Studies, and Martin Gibbs, Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences, developed the course with assistance from Chilson and Andy Hanson, Senior Vice President / Vice President of Student Affairs .
âWe have a portfolio program, but we had to create a model and establish consistency with this new course,â said Chilson. âThis course is consistent across all major subjects and is designed to meet the needs of the student. This is perfect for the working adult who wants to increase their chances of advancement and salary.
The course will include videos and information to help students build their portfolios. Students will also have the opportunity to meet the instructor, live and remotely, who will help them with their portfolio. The completed portfolio must be submitted by the March 11 deadline to be eligible to receive credit.
For more information or to register for the LC Portfolio Development course, visit the course webpage. There is also a web page specially designed for the adult learner.