Saturday – February 24, 2018

Work and Life Experience

Work and Life Experience


Work and Life Experience Evaluation allows students to request course credit for knowledge and skills acquired through employment, cooperative (co-op) education and/or training. Milwaukee Area Technical College will not award credit based solely on years of employment. Experiences must be verifiable and demonstrate achievement of learning outcomes for the course credit requested. In addition to documentation, students may be asked to display specific skills and/or complete an interview to assess content knowledge. 

Step One: 

How to Document Work Experience Competency For Credit Review (PDF)

Step Two: 

When you are ready to submit documentation of work experience competency, complete a CPLE inquiry form


MATC courses/program offering Work/Life Experience Competency For Credit Review

Course Description: The determination of individual income taxes including income, deductions, tax calculation, credits and payments is studied. Tax forms are prepared both manually and using tax software.

To apply for CPLE - Students need to provide the following artifacts:

  • Resume indicating organization, job title, time in position
  • Proof of IRS Certification

Course Description: This introductory QuickBooks course takes students through the procedures, controls, inputs and outputs in today's computerized accounting systems. Students will be able to create a company file, process accounts receivable and accounts payable, manage time-tracking and payroll, track inventory and fixed assets, manage budgets, maintain ledgers and journals, and create reports.

To apply for CPLE - Students need to provide the following artifacts:

  • Resume indicating organization, job title, time in position
  • Proof of Quickbooks Certification

Portfolio with documented 5 years managerial work experience in a full service institutional kitchen in one of the following but not limited to: Business service, campus service, healthcare service, military kitchen, or comparable quantity food service operation. The work experience must be current or have ended with in the last 10 years.

Applicant will provide a portfolio establishing experience in the following criteria areas.

  1. Production of food for 100 guest or more in the following areas
    • Soup & Stock production
    • Short order breakfast production
    • Short order lunch production
    • Entrée production
    • Salad bar production
    • Catering production
  2. Cycle Menu Creation
  3. Menu Pricing
  4. Recipe cost
  5. Understanding of  various business and industry food business models
  6. Experience in the use of quantity kitchen tools and equipment.

The applicant will provide the following to verify the criteria. The applicant must receive 85 out of the total 100 points possible, linked with each criteria in order to be considered for credit for prior learning. Employment authentication must be part of the verification criteria.

  1. Current and past menus from the operation (10 points)
  2. Job description and title of position held and dates position was held; with verification from immediate supervisor and/or Human resources department. (50 points)
  3. List of equipment in the operations kitchen with examples of three specific menu items prepared using each piece of equipment. (5 points)
  4. Verification from the food service director or district manager on the size and scope of the operation. (10) points
  5. List of phone numbers, and email addresses of the human resource director and the food service director
  6. Location and Address of the operation. (5 points)
  7. Three standardized recipes from the current or past menu with individual product (ingredient) cost as well as the cost per serving of the recipe.  Additional recipes with costs and photos are recommended for consideration, but not required. (10 points)
  8. A five hundred word essay explaining various “business and industry” food service models. (10 points)

Total (100 points)


Mary Dess
Instructor / Culinary Arts Programs
School of Business
Milwaukee Area Technical College
(414) 297-6171

Course Description: This course is an introduction to digital imaging in Adobe Photoshop as it applies to design and illustration. Students learn digital color correction, retouching, image manipulation, special effects, image composing and creative design techniques. Differences between raster and vector graphics are discussed. Students also learn how to manage files, optimize images for print output and multimedia applications.

To apply for CPLE -Students need to provide the following artifacts:
Portfolio that contain examples in both .psd, web .jpg and .pdf formats of at least 80% of the following skills, techniques and files.

  1. Identify system requirements, tools & commands associated with Adobe Photoshop.
  2. Submit various file formats in Adobe Photoshop.
  3. Submit a scanned image for manipulation/enhancement in Adobe Photoshop software.
  4. Utilize images from an online stock photo library.
  5. Prepare scanned image for final reproduction.
  6. Retouch a photographic image that has minor scratches and dust spots.
  7. Create silhouetted images with a rectangular, opaque, and white background.
  8. Silhouette a scanned image with the Clipping Path feature of Adobe Photoshop.
  9. Create a new image with elements from two or more stock, photographic images.
  10. Create a duotone with one black and one Pantone color from a stock photo.
  11. Include the use of Photoshop and third party filters on one or more stock photo images
  12. Enhance sharpness of a scanned image
  13. Create an original illustration in Adobe Photoshop
  14. Create a series of type design examples with Photoshop effects based on, but not limited to, those demonstrated by the instructor.
  15. Demonstrate the use of the Layers feature in Adobe Photoshop software.
  16. Demonstrate the use of Channels in the creation of a Photoshop image.
  17. Understand the various color systems used in the graphic arts industry

Contact: Chris Brzinski 
Instructor / Program Coordinator
Graphic Design Department
School of Media & Creative Arts
Milwaukee Area Technical College
(414) 297-6342

MPD Police Academy Articulation Agreement
Students who have successfully completed Milwaukee Police Department’s Police Academy and other noted courses may receive up to 33 credits for credit for prior learning for the following courses:

Police 900 Introduction to Criminal Justice
Police 901 Constitutional Law
Police 904 Juvenile Law
Police 905 Report Writing
Police 906 Criminal Investigation Theory
Police 908 Traffic Theory
Police 115 Criminal Evidence

Total: 21 credits


Additional Criminal Justice courses cover by the articulation agreement:

Police 903 Professional Communications
            1S – Procomm (8)
            1H – Interviews (12)
            1G – Radio Procedures (2)
            11S – Procomm (16)

Police 164 Law Enforcement Employability (elective)
            1Y – Fitness (8)
            11Y – Fitness (16)
            1O – Wellness (4)
            IIIY – Fitness (8)
            IIIO – Wellness (4)

Police 907 Community Policing Strategies
            IV – Cultural Competency (4)
            IIE – Crisis Management (20)
            IB – Fundamentals of CJ (12)
            IIIV – Cultural Competency (4)

Police 161 Ethics in Law Enforcement
            IC – Critical Thinking (8)
            IZ – Ethics (4)
            IIIZ – Ethics (4)
            ID – Agency Policy (2)

Total: 12 credits  


Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department Articulation Agreement
Students who successfully complete training through the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department may receive up to 21 credits towards MATC's Criminal Justice program.
Police 113 Criminal Law
Police 115 Criminal Evidence
Police 117 Arrest, Search and Seizure
Police 123 Criminal Investigation
Police 131 Traffic Theory
Police 141 Report Writing
Police 135 Juvenile Law/Procedures

Course Description: This is a field experience/service learning course which provides an overview of school organization, professional standards, and classroom management models which have been used successfully in urban schools. Via weekly electronic journal writing in response to questions raised by the field experience and readings, students develop habits of observation and reflection. This is an opportunity for students in the Teacher Education program to (1) deepen their understanding of how race, language, and socio-economic status impact teaching and learning, (2) learn and practice classroom management strategies, and (3) become familiar with the culture and expectations of schools and classrooms in the Milwaukee Public School system.

To apply for CPLE -Students need to provide the following artifacts:
Provide a professional reference letter from your employer on letterhead which details work experience as a paraprofessional and hours.  You must also submit a four to six  page reflection paper on your experiences as a paraprofessional.

Course Description: This course covers the writing in detail the aspects of the business. Starting with the Executive Summary describing the venture, to the building of the management team, explaining the operations, targeting the market goals, and to projecting the detailed financials, a comprehensive document will be prepared. Accuracy and consistency of all sections of the Plan will be expected.

To apply for CPLE -Students need to provide the following artifacts:
Comprehensive Business Plan addressing the course competencies.

For more information Contact:
Armen Hadjinian
Instructor / Program Coordinator
School of Business
Milwaukee Area Technical College
(414) 297-7779 ext 12550

MFD Training Academy Articulation Agreement
Students who successfully completed MFD Training Academy may receive up to 23 credits towards MATC's Fire Protection program
Fire 191 Principal of Emergency Services
Fire 142 Firefighting Principles
Fire 153 Hazmat Awareness & Operations
EMS 192 EMT Basic 
Fire 114 Employability Skills
Fire 104 Fire Department Internship
Fire 143 Building Construction for the Fire Service
Fire 144 Advanced Firefighting Principles

Course Description: This course introduces the fundamental concepts of programming from an object-oriented perspective. Topics include class design, simple data types, control structures, storage allocation, scope, and simple data structures (arrays). Students will develop algorithms to solve programming problems and use debugging techniques to test their solutions. The course emphasize good software engineering principles while developing fundamental programming skills in the context of a language that supports the object-oriented paradigm. Emphasis will be placed on class design, implementation and problem solving.

To apply for CPLE - Students need to provide the following artifacts:

  • Resume indicating organization, job title, time in position
  • Job Description
  • Performance Reviews
  • Letter of validation from employer or coworker
  • Sample of work: source code, executables, technical specifications, technical documentation
  • Written Explanation:  Narrative on how the work experience matches the MATC Course Description, Learning Objectives/Competencies

Course Description: Students will apply the skills and tools necessary to design, implement and evaluate formal projects. Each student demonstrates the application of the role of project management, develops a project proposal, uses relevant software, works with project teams, sequences tasks, charts progress, and deals with variations, budgets and resources,implementation and assessment.

To apply for CPLE -Students need to provide a professional portfolio that demonstrates:

  • Effective team leadership
  • Successful completion of a work related project management
  • Effective utilization of project management software
  • Written explanation of project management work experience

Course Description: This course provides the practical application of knowledge and technical skills covered in didactic and laboratory portions of the program. Students observe, assist and perform assigned duties in an institutional pharmacy setting.

To apply for CPLE - Students need to provide the following artifacts:
Hospital Pharmacy work history documentation.

Course Description: The purpose of this course is the development of speaking skills. Stress is placed upon speech content, organization and delivery. Growth in poise and confidence is a major goal of this course.

To apply for CPLE -Students need to provide the following Introduction to Public Speaking Required Artifacts:

  1. At least one videotaped performance of your speaking skill
  2. At least one outline or message plan for a public presentation
  3. Any document demonstrating your ability to think about the characteristics of a particular audience and how the message would be adapted to accomplish specific goals.

Note:  If you do not have a videotaped record from one of your speaking engagements, the faculty may agree to an in-person performance of an informative or persuasive presentation.