The experiential learning program allows students to apply work experience and training toward an Associate of Applied Science degree. It is a way for students to earn course credits at Mesalands for completed on-the-job training and courses where certificates are given. Obvious programs that may qualify for experiential learning credits are in certificate programs, Artistic Silversmithing, Farrier Science and other similar areas of study. Experiential learning allows the student to improve upon their certificate and obtain an Applied Science degree.
Students who have had applicable training, previous vocational, or military experience may petition for college credit by submitting an Experiential Learning Portfolio. Up to 18 college credits may be awarded toward the Associate of Applied Science Degree in General Studies. Credit is awarded only if appropriate experiential learning has occurred and is documented in the Experiential Learning Portfolio Handbook.