PLE Document Writing

Winter 2018
Class Size: 30
Credits per quarter

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Taught by

Nancy Parkes
creative writing, sustainability, public policy

Prior Learning from Experience allows people with significant professional and/or community-based experience to kick-start or accelerate a college degree.  Students receive significant support from peers and faculty in learning how to assemble a portfolio that shows the “college equivalent learning” they have gained through professional and/or community-based work.  Students earn credit through a combination of coursework and faculty evaluation of the completed essay.This separate and economical assessment and award of credit for prior learning speeds time to degree.  Students completing a PLE document generally describe the experience as “transformative,” helping them to understand the college level equivalence of their professional and community-based experience, as well as preparing them for future academic and professional work. The program has a prerequisite course, which you will find under “Writing from Life.”  You will also find further information, including a video, at .


Credits per quarter

Fields of study: 
Successful completion of Writing from Life course and application to the PLE program
Online learning:
  • Enhanced Online Learning - This offering requires access to web-based tools, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.
Class Standing: Freshman–Senior
Class Size: 30

Scheduled for: Evening

Advertised schedule:

6-10p Tue

Located in: Olympia