Northwind Institute

Experience Credit Portfolios

Earning a degree is a life-changing achievement. Many people have taken some college courses and did well in them. But life happened, and they veered away from earning their degree. Or maybe they got into the workforce and found their niche and now you want to expand their opportunities. Knowledge and expertise can go a long way to helping you earn that degree faster with Northwind Institute’s Experience Credit Portfolios.

Northwind Institute is committed to helping find the fastest and most affordable path to a degree. Application of work experience, transfer credits, military experience, and ministry experience can be applied toward your Northwind Seminary degree. 

Been working for years? Served in the military? Have ministry experience?

You could be eligible to use these experiences for academic credit to finish your undergraduate degree faster at Northwind Seminary. You could also be awarded college credits for life experience such as volunteering. Our Experience Credit Portfolios help you articulate and organize your achievements into an online portfolio that can be assessed for academic credit.

 

Northwind Institute evaluates Experience Credits by your writing about your experience.

Think of it as writing a journal for each type of experience.

 

WORK EXPERIENCE CREDIT PORTFOLIOS

This self-paced, self-directed course is offered online to help the applicants complete a Work Experience Credit Portfolio. Successfully completing the Work Experience Credit Portfolio process results in the awarding of academic credit that is eligible for transfer to undergraduate degrees at Northwind Seminary. Students will develop a list of any military experience, military training, professional certifications, corporate training, continuing education, or personal study related to work. Experiences can range from work assignments and duties to significant accomplishments and professional certifications. Students may also include a journal of their work experiences.

LIFE EXPERIENCE CREDIT PORTFOLIOS

This self-paced, self-directed course is offered online to help the applicants complete a Life Experience Credit Portfolio. Successfully completing the Life Experience Credit Portfolio process results in the awarding of academic credit that is eligible for transfer to undergraduate degrees at Northwind Seminary. Students will develop a list of community volunteer work, hobbies, study travel, reading, or personal enrichment study. Experiences can range from civic engagement and public speaking to parenting and volunteerism. They may also include a journal of their life experiences.

 

MINISTRY EXPERIENCE CREDIT PORTFOLIOS
This self-paced, self-directed course is designed for applicants who have prior experience in ministry. Successfully completing the Ministry Experience Credit Portfolio process results in the awarding of academic credit for Supervised Ministry that is eligible for transfer to undergraduate and master’s degrees at Northwind Seminary. Students will develop 
a list of any church or ministry-related training or service: Church Boards, WHC Board, Bible Study, Sunday School (Student or Teacher), Choir, Lay Reader, etc... 

They may also include a journal of their experience or duties in the Church or Church-Related Organizations

 

WHY TRANSFER CREDITS?

After spending time to earn the credits, regardless of the degree, it’s wise to try and get as much out of that degree as possible. Credits from many degrees can transfer to other degrees, which can save money and time to earn a degree. At Northwind, our staff can help transfer as many credits possible.

The Northwind Registrar will use the transcript from other schools that applicants provide to compare the courses they took with the courses needed to complete a degree.

Military learning from training, education, and occupational experience is evaluated by the American Council on Education and documented on your Joint Services Transcript (JST). Provide us with your JST, and we’ll review the recommendations on your transcript to determine how many credits you’ll receive, and whether they’ll go toward electives or general education.

Ministry training and seminars can be reviewed to determine if they can be included in our Specialized Ministry or Supervised Ministry Courses.

 

WHAT DO EXPERIENCE CREDIT PORTFOLIOS COST?

The portfolios are considered to be academic courses at Northwind Institute. The tuition of $50 per credit is based on the number of academic credits that are eligible for transfer after successfully completing the portfiolio process.