Community College/Career Collaboration (C4): Prior Learning Credit Model (MN)

C4: An Introduction
In 2009 with support from Lumina Foundation, Goodwill Industries International (GII) and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) launched Community College Career Collaboration (C4), an initiative capitalizing on the alignment of the organizations’ missions to advance credentials and employment success for populations with low incomes that were underserved. Originally launched in Northern Virginia, Winston-Salem, NC, and San Antonio TX, C4 seeks to augment existing collaborations and expand the reach and success of community colleges and Goodwill throughout the country.


The Prior Learning Credit (PLC) Model provides individuals an opportunity to earn college credit for the knowledge and skills gained through their work, training and life experiences. It provides a continuum of training and education, assistance to college access, and ongoing supports to pursue and complete credentials to advance in their careers.

Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota employment training and education program is licensed by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education as a post-secondary school and is also a Workforce Investment Act (WIA) certified training provider. Its sector-based training programs prepare people for employment in the automotive, construction, contact center, financial services, health care and retail industries. Upon successful completion of a training course, participants receive a recognized credential, as well as prior learning credits toward a college certificate or degree. The program employs a career pathway model connecting participants to a variety of options, including short-term training, continued education, stackable credentials, job placement and advancement in high-demand occupations. During 2013, the Goodwill provided employment training and education services to more than 500 participants.

Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota (St. Paul)
Inver Hills Community College
Dakota County Technical College

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