Potomac State to Offer Adults New, Versatile Flex Degree in 2015

Do you know there are options to earn college credits for skills and knowledge you have gained through work and life experiences?

Potomac State College of West Virginia University (WVU) will offer an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree in Technical Studies: General more often referred to as a “Flex Degree” starting January 12, 2015. This will be a versatile degree allowing individuals to earn credit for work and life experiences including military, business and industry training as well as nationally recognized certifications and licenses.

“The objective of this degree will be to seek out, challenge, educate, and help create opportunities for adults who have demonstrated high achievement through the workforce or the military or who have previously attended college and earned credits but didn’t finish. We see these individuals as possessing excellent potential to complete their degrees,” stated Dean of Academic Affairs Edem Tetteh.

“The two-year Flex Degree is designed to allow individuals to go on and pursue a four-year degree if they want,” explained Dr. Tetteh. “This degree will align perfectly with a proposed Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) Technical Studies: General Degree that Potomac State hopes to soon offer.”

To get started in the Flex Degree program, students must have earned a high school diploma or passed the General Education Development (GED) test. Students will be assigned a faculty advisor who will assist them in assessment of their academic status and requirements needed for completion of the Flex Degree.

Credit for life experiences will be determined by the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) and the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) testing among other tests.

Credits for training in the military, business and industry will be determined by the American Council on Education (ACE) and Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) process. Credits can also be earned through nationally recognized certifications and licenses such as NIMS, Microsoft, CISCO, ICC, and others.

Students who can demonstrate learning through experience, which is not otherwise verified by tests, licensure or certificates, will be expected to enroll in a course designed to assist them to develop a portfolio with appropriate documentation of relevant academic competencies and skills. The course will incorporate guidelines within its syllabus that are in agreement with the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) and will count as an elective in the program.

Students will develop academic plans, under the direction of a faculty advisor, to guide current and future study for professional growth, education and personal development.

For further details about Potomac State’s new Flex Degree, call 304-788-6820 or 800-262-7332 or e-mail go2psc@mail.wvu.edu