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Nontraditional Credit

General Guidelines

  • The maximum award for Nontraditional (NTE) credit is 15 credits of challenge work, plus an additional 15 credits from all other types of NTE work combined.
  • You must earn at least 15 credits at WVC and be currently enrolled before NTE credit can be applied to your transcript.
  • The cost of NTE credit varies according to the type of credit earned. Check with your adviser and any intended transfer school before paying to transcript NTE credit.
  • NTE credit does not apply to WVC residency regulations.
  • Most NTE credit is ungraded and does not affect your GPA.
  • Not all colleges accept NTE credits for transfer. If you plan to continue your education at another college, check with that college regarding transferability before taking NTE course work.

Following are the types of nontraditional credit accepted at WVC:

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)
College Board Advanced Placement (AP)
Cooperative Work Experience (CWE)
Course Challenges
Credit for Military Experience
Tech Prep
Independent Projects

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

You may earn credit by demonstrating competency in a broad subject area or a specific course through a nationally standardized exam. Credit is awarded according to the following guidelines:

  • The CLEP score must be at the 50th percentile or above.
  • The maximum award for NTE credit is 15 credits of challenge work, plus an additional 15 credits from all other types of NTE work combined.
  • No more than 10 CLEP credits can apply to a distribution area (maximum of five credits in world languages).
  • A maximum of five CLEP credits can be used to meet the writing skills requirement for a degree. CLEP credit will not fulfill the writing requirement for advanced English composition.
  • CLEP credit is not allowed if credit has been received for a more advanced class.
  • CLEP exams may not be repeated for credit.
  • CLEP credit is ungraded and will not affect the GPA.
  • There is a $10 fee for each CLEP credit earned.
  • At least 15 credits must be earned at WVC before CLEP credit is transcripted.

For more information, contact student development at (509) 682-6846 (Wenatchee) or (509) 422-7800 (Omak).

College Board Advanced Placement (AP)

The College Entrance Examination Board Advanced Placement Program allows high school students to earn college credit for high school work. Students usually take a high school honors course to prepare for the national AP exams each May. Advanced placement exams are offered in a number of academic disciplines. Credit for these exams is granted under the following conditions:

  • Credits awarded are based on the type of test taken and the score received. For English Composition tests, WVC only accepts scores of a 4 or 5. 
  • Click on WVC AP Exam Scores for a complete breakdown of how credit is awarded.
  • The maximum award for NTE credit is 15 credits of challenge work, plus an additional 15 credits from all other types of NTE work combined.
  • A maximum of 10 AP credits can be earned in a distribution area (maximum of five credits in world languages).
  • No more than five AP credits can be used to meet the writing skills requirement for a degree. AP credit will not fulfill the writing requirement for advanced English composition.
  • AP credit is ungraded and will not affect the GPA.
  • At least 15 credits must be completed at WVC before AP credit will be transcripted.
  • For an AP test that does not appear on the AP Exam Score chart, WVC will grant a maximum of 5 elective credits for a score of 3 or higher.
  • For additional information, contact student development at (509) 682-6835 (Wenatchee) or (509) 422-7800 (Omak).

 Cooperative Work Experience (CWE)

Cooperative work experience is a way to earn college credit through on-the-job experience in your chosen field. The program offers you a way to combine classroom study at WVC with related work experience under the supervision of an employer. Work experience, paid or unpaid, must be related to your educational and career objectives. You must meet with the cooperative work experience coordinator to determine eligibility and then complete the enrollment process.

Credit requirements:

  • Course credit may be earned for work experience if the work is related to either your major or vocational goal.
  • One CWE credit requires 50 hours of work experience. 
  • Regular registration policies and tuition rates apply to cooperative work experience credits.
  • Credit will be awarded on a pass/fail basis and will not affect GPA.
  • The CWE coordinator will meet with you and your employer on the job site as part of the evaluation process for CWE credits.
  • No more than 10 CWE credits may be applied to any WVC degree.

For more information, contact the CWE office at (509) 682-6858.

Course Challenge

Challenge credit is earned by demonstrating proficiency in course requirements. The appropriate department determines the method of demonstrating proficiency, usually a comprehensive exam. A list of courses that may be challenged is available in the admissions office or you can download the Course Challenge List here. The following guidelines apply:

  • Challenge exams may not be repeated for additional credit.
  • Challenge credit is disallowed if credit has been earned for a more advanced course.
  • A maximum of 15 credits of challenge work may be applied toward a WVC degree.
  • A maximum of 10 challenge credits can be earned in a distribution area.
  • No more than five challenge credits can be used to meet the writing skills requirement for a WVC degree. Challenge credits will not fulfill the writing requirement for advanced English composition.
  • Challenge credit is ungraded and will not affect the GPA.
  • A $10 fee is charged for each credit earned by course challenge, and $25 is charged for taking a course-challenge exam.
  • Course-challenge credit from other institutions will be accepted by WVC in accordance with policy guidelines.
  • At least 15 credits must be completed at WVC before course-challenge credit will be awarded.

For more information, contact student development at (509) 682-6833 (Wenatchee) or (509) 422-7800 (Omak).

Credit for Military Experience

Wenatchee Valley College follows the American Council on Education (ACE) Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services when awarding credit for military experiences.  The following guidelines apply:

  • The maximum award for NTE credit is 15 credits of challenge work, plus an additional 15 credits from all other types of NTE work combined.
  • Credit is given only for experiences which have equivalent courses taught at WVC; the amount of credit awarded cannot exceed the amount which could be earned by taking the courses at WVC.
  • A small fee may be charged for each military credit.
  • Military exams may not be repeated for additional credit.
  • Credit for military experience will not affect the GPA.
  • Military experience for baccalaureate credit is not accepted at WVC.
  • At least 15 credits must be earned at WVC before military credit is awarded.
  • NTE credit is always the last entry on your transcript.
  • Check with your adviser and any intended transfer school before paying to transcript military credit.

    For additional information, contact student development at (509) 682-6846 (Wenatchee) or (509) 422-7800 (Omak).  Regarding financial aid benefits for veterans, call (509) 682-6814.

Tech Prep

Tech Prep is a nationwide program that allows high school students to begin preparation for a specific professional/technical field while in high school and then continue with the program at WVC without losing credit or duplicating courses. WVC has Tech Prep articulation agreements with several high schools in the community college district.

The following guidelines apply:

  • Tech Prep college credit and high school credit are earned simultaneously.
  • Tech Prep credit is first transcripted at the high school, then later entered on the college transcript.
  • The number of credits awarded is dependent upon the high school Tech Prep articulated program.
  • A one-time $15 fee will be charged for Tech Prep credits.
  • Tech Prep credits are not intended to be transfer credits. It is the student’s responsibility to check with the intended transfer school about the transferability of these credits.

For more information, contact the Tech Prep office at (509) 682-6897.

Independent Projects

With the approval of the appropriate administrator and the instructor, students may do independent projects such as research, reading and writing under the supervision of a sponsoring instructor.

This agreement is subject to the following stipulation:

  • To be eligible, a student must have completed 45 credits with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 at Wenatchee Valley College. The appropriate administrator must approve any waivers of the requirement.
  • A maximum of five independent project credits can be earned in one quarter. 
  • Regular admissions policies and tuition costs apply to credit for independent projects.
  • Each independent project credit requires 30 hours of work by the student under supervision of an instructor.
  • After approvals are obtained, copies of the contract must be distributed to the admissions/registration office, the instruction office and the instructor.
  • The application process for independent projects must be completed by the end of the fifth week of the quarter.

 

 


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