Transcripts and Previous Credit
What is a transcript?
A transcript is a written record of academic experience and includes course names, credits earned, grades received, and any degrees or honors.
Where do I have transcripts sent?
In order to be considered "official," transcripts must be mailed directly from the institution to NLC. They should be mailed to:
National Labor College
10000 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20903
How do I request a transcript?
You must request that official transcripts be sent to NLC by contacting the appropriate office (typically the Registrar's office) of the institution. Some schools and organizations charge a fee to send an official transcript.
You may have transcripts from multiple sources, including:
Here are the most common sources of transcripts for NLC students and contact information for each:
Colleges and Universities
NLC accepts most credit from accredited institutions. Courses must be college-level with a grade of C or higher.
Unions and Apprenticeships
Training and apprenticeships must be assessed for college credit in order to transfer.
Students who completed an apprenticeship with the following unions can request transcripts from the contacts listed below:
International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers
- Tom Haun, Administrator for the Insulation Industry International Apprentice and Training Fund
firstname.lastname@example.org or (301) 731-9101
International Association of Machinists
- Elaine Poland, Manager of Material Development, Reproduction and Messaging Services
email@example.com or (301) 373-8827
. International Union of Elevator Constructors*
- National Elevator Industry Educational Program (NEIEP)
Laborers' International Union of North America
United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada
The following organizations assess certain apprenticeship training:
American Council on Education (ACE)
ACE assesses credit for several union apprenticeship programs:
- Sheet Metal Workers International Training Institute (ITI)
- National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for the Electrical Industry (NJATC)
Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech assesses credit from several apprenticeships for up to 60 credits. Students must enroll in at least one online course to have their apprenticeship assessed. Contact Ivy Tech for more information about these apprenticeships:
- Elevator Constructors*
- Heat & Frost Insulators*
- Operating Engineers
- Plumbers and Pipefitters*
- Sheet Metal Workers*
- Teledata Technicians
*Students in these trades should consult with an admissions counselor or academic advisor prior to enrolling at Ivy Tech in order to ensure that there are not easier, more cost-effective ways to obtain an apprenticeship transcript.
Wasthenaw Community College
Washtenaw assesses credit from most apprenticeships for up to 30 credits. Students must enroll in at least one course to have their apprenticeship assessed.
NLC accepts credits earned at recognized institutions outside the United States. Applicants who have attended a college or university outside the United States must arrange, at their own expense, to have their academic records evaluated on a course-by-course basis by an external credential evaluator such as Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE), a non profit public service organization, located at PO Box 514070, Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470 or by World Education Services (WES), a not-for-profit organization specializing in foreign credential evaluation.
Other Opportunities for Credit
NLC's Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Program
NLC's Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) program invests in student success by helping students earn credit for nontraditional learning experience. By documenting learning through a portfolio process, NLC students have the opportunity to earn college credit through on-the-job training, union work, volunteer work in the community, starting a business, or through crafts or hobbies.
Excelsior CollegeŽ Examinations (ECEs)
Students can earn college level credit in select subject areas by passing a proficiency exam. The American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) has evaluated and recommended college credit for ECEs. ECEs can save students both time and money.
The College-Level Examination ProgramŽ (CLEP)
"The College-Level Examination ProgramŽ (CLEP) helps you receive college credit for what you already know, for a fraction of the cost of a college course. Developed by the College Board, CLEP is the most widely accepted credit-by-examination program, available at more than 2,900 colleges and universities." - from http://clep.collegeboard.org/.
National College Credit Recommendation Service
"What We Do: Since 1973, National CCRS has been increasing access to higher education for working adults and other non-traditional students by helping them get the credit they deserve for learning that takes place outside of the traditional college setting.
How We Do It: National CCRS coordinates teams of evaluators to review education and training programs offered by corporations, unions, religious organizations and proprietary schools at their request. NCCRS evaluators translate those learning experiences into college credit equivalencies when applicable. We work with over 1500 Cooperating Colleges and Universities who will consider granting actual college credit based on our credit recommendations." - from http://www.nationalccrs.org/