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  1. I’m considering transferring to a 4-year once I am done at the community college, what are the next steps?

    Once you complete your program of study at the Community College, your options are endless! The following schools offers programs which cater specifically to adult learners. For other opportunities visit Transfer Virginia! - September 15, 2021

  2. What is an Industry Recognized Credential?

    An industry-recognized credentials include: all occupational licenses and registries provided by state or national professional boards and industry certifications from a valid third party. You may be awarded credit that will apply toward graduation through completion of credentials (certifications) or workforce training. You will find a list of organizations that are awarded credit at least one VCCS. If you have a certification or training not listed, please use the College Connect [link] to contact the school you are interested in to verify if you are eligible for credit. - October 13, 2021

  3. Can I receive credit for life experience?

    Some of the colleges in the Virginia Community College System recognize experiential learning (means of being awarded Credit for Prior Learning through an administrative determination) when the experience closely aligns with specific course outcomes.  Credit may be awarded based upon an individualized portfolio evaluation, which may be conducted by faculty at the individual colleges. - October 13, 2021

  4. Is there a fee for a Credit for Prior Learning Assessment?

    Depending on your college of choice and the CPL for which you are eligible, there may be a fee if faculty have to assess work to determine if work completed aligns with course outcomes. An example where there may be a fee is a portfolio - October 19, 2021

  5. What is Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)?

    Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) is the process of awarding a student credit for competency in subject matter that has been achieved through previous academic study or occupational experience. 

    Examples of CPL

    • Workplace Experience & Training
    • Professional Certifications & Awards
    • Military Service
    • Exams & Standardized Tests
    • College Credits - October 19, 2021

  6. How does the Credits2Careers portal work?

    Get started on the next chapter of your life today. It's easy, just follow the process below. - October 19, 2021

  7. Where can I complete short-term training?

    FastForward is a short-term training program for high-demand industries run out of VCCS, helping Virginians get the jobs they want and the salaries they need.  The career training is different from one college to the next because the workforce needs vary from community to community. - October 19, 2021

  8. What industry credentials are accepted for transfer credit?

    You may be awarded credit that will apply toward graduation through completion of credentials (certifications) or workforce training. 

    Below you will find a list of organizations where credit is awarded at least one VCCS. 


    Amazon Web Services

    American Association of Professional Coders

    American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)

    American Heart Association

    American Red Cross

    American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

    American Welding Society (AWS) - October 21, 2021

  9. What is the difference between a career studies certificate, a certificate, and a diploma?

    Below you will find the definitions of the Career Studies Certificate, Certificate, and Diploma

    Career Studies Certificate
    A career studies certificate program is defined as a program of study of not less than 9 nor more than 29 semester credit hours. Career studies certificate programs are not required to include general education. - October 27, 2021

  10. What is the difference between a degree program, a major, and a specialization?

    Degree Program

    A degree program is a broadly structured curriculum leading to the award of an associate’s degree and is listed on the  diploma.


    A major is a grouping of 100 and 200-level courses that define a discipline or interdisciplinary specialty.


    A specialization is an area of concentration within an approved major, varying from the parent major by 9-15 credit hours. - October 27, 2021

  11. What if I cannot find my experience listed?

    If you have a certification or training not listed, please create an account and use the College Connect to contact the school you are interested in to verify if you are eligible for credit. - October 27, 2021

  12. What is the difference between full-time and part-time?

    Full-time Students: Students enrolled for 12 or more credits in a semester are considered full-time students. 

    Part-time Students: Students enrolled for fewer than 12 credit hours in a semester are part-time students. - October 27, 2021

  13. What if I have taken college courses in another country?

    In the US, you are considered a transfer student if you have completed a minimum of one semester of college work. If you attended any college in your home country, your transcripts will be evaluated to determine if your prior academic work will transfer into your new college. You will want to confirm with the school you are interested in if you will need to have your transcript evaluated by an external evaluation agency. - November 12, 2021

  14. What if English is not my first language?

    If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking English. - November 15, 2021

  15. Resources for Military Students

    Virginia’s Community Colleges are proud of our long and successful history of working with every branch of the military to offer veterans, retirees, active duty personnel and their families a strong, career- focused education.

    Below you will find a list of resources that may be of help as your navigate your next steps. - October 6, 2021

  16. Paying for School- Financial Aid 101

    Paying for college may seem overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be! Financial aid can come from a variety of resources like federal or state funds, or private sources (like a loan or a scholarship). Below you will find listings that will help you understand how financial aid works, how to pay for college, and loans. - October 7, 2021

  17. How Much Does it Cost to Attend? Tuition Information

    Virginia’s Community Colleges are meeting an affordable tuition goal: Tuition will not exceed half of the average cost to attend a public four-year institution in Virginia.

    To find out about current Tuition Rates, please visit: 

    Please consult the community college you are interested in for complete information about tuition and any other fees that may apply. - October 7, 2021