New Brunswick Community College – Information Technology

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Program summary

NBCC’s Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) pilot program aims to provide everyone with a pathway to formal recognition for their learned life, work, and non-formal training experience. The pilot will focus on first-year courses in two NBCC programs in the IT sector between now and the Fall of 2022.

Beyond these programs, the pilot will establish goals and recommendations for future expansion to other sectors. NBCC will implement innovative solutions to efficient assessment processes and help students develop individual skills portfolios.

Admission requirements

This NBCC pilot is open to all potential students with experiential or non-formal learning relevant to the following Information Technology programs: (1) Programmer-Analyst, and (2) Web & Mobile App Development. If the applicant has learning that is equivalent to some or all first-year courses within these programs, they may be a good candidate for Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition. After a self-assessment, approved applicants must be prepared to provide evidence of their prior learning, using a variety of accepted methods (dependent on subject matter). This body of evidence may include written or oral explanations, video demonstrations, samples of work, and more. Together, these pieces will form a portfolio of learning that can assessed for credit.

To inquire about this initiative, please contact plar@nbcc.ca.

Applicants must keep in mind that Prior Learning Assessment may affect their status as a full-time student. Students are required to obtain a minimum of 25 per cent of their program credits from NBCC courses to receive an NBCC Certificate or Diploma.

Program length

The pilot will engage applicants beginning in Fall 2021. Applicants will be asked to participate in a self-assessment activity to begin the process. Once approved, a guide will be available to help begin collecting the materials they will need to show evidence of their learning, and to ensure that learning is well-represented.

Equity and diversity

This program seeks to provide new learning paths and opportunities for upskilling to immigrants and newcomers, as well as rural and remote learners, and mid-career workers.

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