(PLA) Prior Learning Assessment by Portfolio

PLA by Portfolio allows students to request course credit for knowledge and skills acquired through employment, cooperative (co-op) education, and/or training. Lone Star College will not award credit based solely on years of employment. Experiences must be verifiable and demonstrate achievement of learning objectives for the requested course credit to be awarded. In addition to documentation, students may be asked to display specific skills and/or complete an interview to assess content knowledge.

Advisors will verify students meet general PLA criteria then refer them to a program contact (faculty member, department chair, or dean). In this process, students interact closely with a program contact to complete the following:

  • Determine whether credit assessment through portfolio is suitable
  • Identify eligibility requirements specific to portfolio assessment
  • Review LSC course learning objectives that must be mastered through the prior learning experience
  • Receive guidance on documenting learning and collecting evidence

Courses Approved for Credit

Portfolio is a suitable credit assessment option for a number of courses. PLA by portfolio is not limited to the academic programs and courses listed below. Students must speak with a program contact to identify course credit opportunities within a content area.

 Business Management

Course # Course Name Industry Training or Requirements
BMGT 1301 Supervision EBC-BUS 009: Plan Your Day To Save Time AND
LDC-BUS 002: Conflict Resolution: Building Workplace Relationships AND
LDC-BUS 022: New Supervisory Orientation (Nso) AND
LDC-BUS 045: Emotional Intelligence AND
LDC-MGT 030: Coaching For Development AND
LDC-MGT 033: Creating A Positive Workplace AND
LDC-MGT 037: Fundamentals Of Supervision AND
LDC-MGT 038: Harnessing Your Employees' Strengths AND
LDC-MGT 039: Leadership Communication AND
LDC-MGT 040: Managing Change AND
LDC-MGT 042: Creative Problem Solving AND
LDC-MGT 044: The Dos And Don'Ts Of Delegation AND
LDC-MGT 046: Leadership 101 AND
LDC-MGT 049: Conducting Effective Meetings AND
LDC-PRO 001: City Accreditation Program For Supervisors (Caps)
BMGT 1327 Principles of Management EBC-BUS 024: Effective Presentation Skills AND
LDC-BUS 023: Through The Eyes Of A Child: Diversity And Inclusion AND
LDC-BUS 15: Goal Setting And Strategic Planning AND
LDC-MGT 019: Project Management Overview AND
LDC-MGT 030: Coaching For Development AND
LDC-MGT 033: Creating A Positive Workplace AND
LDC-MGT 038: Harnessing Your Employees' Strengths AND
LDC-MGT 039: Leadership Communication AND
LDC-MGT 040: Managing Change AND
LDC-MGT 042: Creative Problem Solving AND
LDC-MGT 044: The Dos And Don'Ts Of Delegation AND
LDC-MGT 046: Leadership 101 AND
LDC-MGT 049: Conducting Effective Meetings

 Education

Course # Course Name Industry Training or Requirements
EDUC 1301 Introduction to The Teaching Profession Eligibility Requirements - Students must have successfully completed the following high school courses:
Instructional Practices in Education and Training (INPREDTR)
Practicum in Education and Training (PRACEDTR)

 Human Resources

Course # Course Name Industry Training or Requirements
HRPO 2301 Human Resources and Development Disney: CP0004 Human Resources Mgmt
HUMD 0114 Career Search Strategies Disney: CP0009 Marketing U-Career Strategies

 Pharmacy

Course # Course Name Industry Training or Requirements
PHRA 1361 Clinical I Eligibility Requirements - Students will need to provide acceptable documentation for the internship experience. Acceptable documentation to prove the completion of the above internship experience would be a letter from an employer or instructor under whom the student completed the hours of community pharmacy internship experience.  The letter should include the name of the retail pharmacy the student completed the hours with, a description of the types of activities the student participated in, the dates of the clinical experience, and the total number of hours completed by the student.  The letter should also indicate the supervisor verifies that the clinical experience completed by the student provided them with adequate experience to prepare them for employment in the industry.

 Professional Office Management

Course # Course Name Industry Training or Requirements
POFT 1309 Administrative Office Procedures I City of Houston Training:
LDC-BUS 17: Building Legendary Customer Service AND
LDC-BUS 005: Effective Telephone Skills AND
LDC-BUS 0012: Team Dynamcis AND
LDC-BUS 006: The Art of Effective Communication AND
LDC-HR 017: Microsoft Office 2010 Basics AND
LDC-TEC 012: MS PowerPoint Level 1 AND
LDC-TEC 013: MS PowerPoint Level 2 AND
LDC-TEC 014: MS PowerPoint Level 3 AND
LDC-MGT 002: Resolving Conflict in the Workplace AND
LDC-ADP 001: Administration Development Program AND